Lady Bee ecstatic after UK gigs

HARARE - Female dancehall artiste best known for her controversial lyrics in the underground music, Lady Bee is back from the United Kingdom and is overjoyed.

Lady Bee real name Brenda Bechani toured the UK for the first time recently.

“It was my first time and I do not want to lie, I was happy. As a bonus to all this I had to perform alongside the likes of Stunner, Winky D, people who have made it in the music industry.

“I had a wonderful time and people there were happy. I was surprised that I have a fan base outside Zimbabwe, considering that my music does not get airplay,” she said.

The female dancehall musician announced on her Facebook fan page how happy she was to get back.

“I have just got back home, WoooW!!! What an eventful tour (Sama festival UK&IRE 2012) I had the pleasure and honour to be part of, alongside Winky D, Stunner, Layaan Solja and Oliver Tha General thanks to the promoters Y2K.

“You made me feel at home away from home though I did not agree with UK food lol. Words cannot express the joy you brought me I am so inspired by your support I love you all praise be to God,” she wrote.

Her fans wrote back supporting the musician, encouraging her to pursue her career.

Lady Bee went to the UK as the only female member coming from Zimbabwe to the Southern African Music (Sama) Festival.

It was held under the theme, “Shark and Ninja” Tour, in honour of Stunner (Shark) and Winky Dee, the Ninja president.

They performed in London and Leicester.

Despite Lady Bee’s music getting snubbed by radio stations, it has an audience on the internet and the locations.

“I have sent my music to various radio stations but it has never been played. I do not know how they vet or categorise but I am happy that my Facebook family and the ghetto youths support me. People share my music and that is how my fan base is expanding.

“I will continue with music and sing on social issues. I sing about things that people do not like to talk about, these are real social issues,” she said.

Lady bee’s music has been found to be offensive by many people but the musician has acquired a huge fan base especially on Facebook who support her explicit lyrical content.

Some of her songs include Murume, Baba Maburitsa, Babamunini and these are the ones she says were greatly loved by the UK audiences.

In a previous interview with the Daily News Lady Bee defended her choice of music saying she sings reality.

“My music is meant to educate publicly what women are being taught in baby showers. Some women are not comfortable in saying it before their husbands, so I will do it on their behalf.

“The DJ told me that if he plays her music he will be instantly sacked as a punishment because of the dirty lyrics contained,” she said.

The female dancehall musician said she was glad to have shared the stage with Stunner and Winky Dee.

“I learnt a thing or two from these established musicians. I was seeing how they manage their fans and how they keep being relevant in the industry. I hope to apply all these skills locally so that I maintain and add on to the fans that I have,” she said.

She commenced her musical career in 2010 and has not looked back since then.

She performed at the Mavado show which was held early this year.

She has also shared the stage with the likes of Lady Squanda, Ricky Fire, Badmann and other local dancehall artistes.

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