Female artistes speak on trials of motherhood

HARARE - Striking a balance between motherhood and a career in music has proved a tough lifestyle for many musicians.

On Mother’s Day, the Daily News on Sunday interviewed several female musicians in a bid to understand how they juggle looking after their children and pursuing music careers.

Edith ‘WeUtonga’ Katiji, who just had a baby girl, believes women have an inherent ability to cope with various duties in addition to the demands of motherhood.

“God grants us what we can handle,” said the 34-year-old mother of four.

“I don’t know how I do it sometimes but I just make it.

“The important thing is that I manage. My last born Mudadisi Zawadi is my only girl child and she will definitely be my last child.

“My first born is 14 years old and I have resolved that it is now time for me to concentrate on my music career.”

Reggae artiste Nadine, widow of the late talented guitarist and vocalist Andy Brown, concedes that she has found it difficult to fulfil the duties of motherhood while at the same time taking her music career to the next level.

“I am a mother of two boys. The first born is eight while the last one is just five.

“My children are still young and  they need maximum care and love,” said the Set Me Free singer.

“To ensure that I am close to my two children, the recording studio that I use has been relocated to where I am staying right now. I also do rehearsals at home.”

While several musicians find it difficult to balance between motherhood and work, controversial dancer Beverly ‘Bev’ Sibanda appears unfazed. The entertainer, who recently resumed her dancing career after a short stint at Walter Magaya’s Prophetic Healing and Deliverance (PHD) Ministries, claims she has what it takes to cope with being a single mother, dancer and musician all at the same time.

“I have a son named Kudzai who is turning six this year.

“Most of the time Kudzai will be with the maid but I always try to create time for him,” said the Sexy Angels leader.

 

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