Nadine Brown storms the Zim reggae scene

HARARE - Nadine Brown’s music spews out a great deal of energy no wonder she is known as Lady Fire on the local reggae scene.

After several years as a backing vocalist for several top Zimbabwean musicians like Mateo, Queen Mashie, Jah Prayzah and Mic Inity, the late Andy Brown’s former wife is on the verge of releasing a debut album which has created a buzz in Zimbabwe’s reggae community.

The dreadlocked musician who draws a lot from the late reggae icon Bob Marley has lined up a new album titled Set Me Free which she says reflects on her personal experiences since she ventured into music.

“I took enough time working on this album because of my desire to create music of a very high quality,” said the dreadlocked Gweru-bred musician.

“Set Me Free will be released end of October and it’s a testimony of everything that I have gone through my life and musical career.

“Songs on the album include Ndazvitadza which I sang after Andy died and it basically talks about how God gives us certain gifts and takes them away. The other notable songs are Love Is The Way, the title track Set Me Free and Jah Guide and Bless Me,” said the budding reggae artist.

Nadine says the title of her soon-to-be-released album was motivated by her desire to finally showcase her musical ability as a solo artiste.

“For the first time I feel free as an artiste and relish the opportunity to show the world what I am capable of.”

Though not many people knew her before she married the late Brown, Nadine told the Daily News that she is no newcomer to the local arts scene.

“I have always been a musician for as far as I still remember,” said the soft-spoken Nadine

“I started off at Power fm in 2002 working as a radio presenter. I was only seventeen and at that time staying with my mother in Gweru.

“I came to Harare in December 2004 and joined the late Andy Brown as a backing vocalist. I did backing vocals for a number of artistes including Mateo, Queen Mashie, Jah Prayzah, Mic Inity and even went as far sungura music.

“My solo career started last year though I have really been serious this year.”

Nadine, whose solo career began last year, attributes her success to the contributions made by many people particularly her late husband Andy, Mic Inity and her manager her manager Robert Zhuwao.

“Andy taught me that devotion and hard work are elementary for a successful career. I faced challenges trying to convince people that I was my own artiste besides being Andy’s wife. I am happy that people are finally accepting artiste in me,” Nadine said.

“Working with Mic Inity has also been great. He is my brother and it has been great experience learning from him. I have grown as an artiste thanks me. We are one big family with the band-Red Radicals.”

Nadine’s manager Zhuwao is determined help the new reggae sensation the star she appears destined to be.

“We are hoping to produce something with international appeal and establish Nadine as a star artiste. We want to try and set a different trajectory for the Zimbabwean entertainment industry.

“We are trying to create a combined entertainment package of Nadine and Mic Inity where people get two acts from one show. It is an interesting combination because they complement each other very well,” said Zhuwao.

Comments (1)

Good news sistren,you become our own queen ifrica

Johannes Kwangwari - 9 September 2013

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