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Miss Zimbabwe turns to dancehall


Reigning Miss Zimbabwe Tendai Hunda has joined the dancehall frenzy by releasing a song in the genre called Tigare Murudo recorded at Mt Zion.

By Teddy Mkwesha

The beauty queen said she was inspired by songstress Diana Samkange to try her lucky in dancehall and is one of the artistes featured on the riddim called Ziontaks.

“I was inspired by Diana Samkange to try my luck in dancehall. I am one person who wants to sing in church. I will concentrate on dancehall after my reign,” she said.

The riddim also features celebrated urban groove singer Pauline Gundudza.

Tendai has had a torrid time during her reign as Miss Zimbabwe. She was a subject of ridicule when she represented Zimbabwe at Miss World finals last year.

The Miss Zimbabwe Trust decided to send her in a huff to represent Zimbabwe after a public fall out with the then reigning Miss Zimbabwe Catherine Makaya.

By virtue of being a first princess, Tendai was automatically chosen to represent Zimbabwe.

With no proper grooming and training for the world stage, she fared badly.

Born in a family of seven and having been raised by a single mother — Hunda’s tough upbringing must have played a role in her Miss World campaign — as she faced not one or two but a myriad of challenges in London.

Her first major test was the British visa, which came out several days after the Miss World boot camp was already in progress.
“The visa came out in the morning and by evening I was on my way to England,” she said.

However, her experience at the world stage is likely to be highlighted in her songs.

“I have seen a lot and hope I will express some of these experience in songs,” Tendai said.

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