Zim diva fronts British band

HARARE - The exciting British indie rock band, The Noisettes, formed by Dan Smith, and a classmate Jamie Morrison, and fronted by Zimbabwean singing sensation Shingayi Shoniwa arrived in Zimbabwe recently to shoot their first African video.   

The musical trio met whilst studying at the BRIT School for Performing Arts & Technology in Croydon, when they decided to form the band.

The band Noisettes first achieved nationwide recognition in Britain and commercial success with the second single of their second album, Don’t Upset the Rhythm (Go Baby Go) which reached number two on the UK Singles Chart in the Spring of 2009.

Since then The Noisettes have toured Europe and the United States extensively.
The band together with Shoniwa joined in Amnesty International’s Make Some Noise and also appeared in an Instant Karma video singing John Lennon’s song Imagine to raise world awareness to the conflict in Darfur, Sudan.

They have appeared at numerous festivals with Tom Vek, Babyshambles, Bloc Party, the Mystery Jets, Muse and Lady GaGa.   

More recently the band performed at the London 2012 Olympic celebrations held in Hyde Park, London.
The Noisettes, together with their lead singer Shonhiwa ,arrived in Harare for a two-day shoot for their latest musical tract for the track I Want You Back, which features on the band’s latest album, Contact.

The shoot took place at Amanzi in Chisipite, Harare.  

The video was shot in collaboration with a local production company The Decent Arthouse, the producers of Zimbabwean film Lobola, and recently The Gentleman.  

Given the video’s international platform The Decent Arthouse, are expecting to showcase their skills on MTV, where clips of the Noisettes are often featured.  

The group is expected back in the country in December where they are set to headline ZimFest Harare. - Tonderayi Zvimba, Own Correspondent

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