US-based Zim producer attributes succes to parents

HARARE - Zimbabwe-born Tinashe “T-Collar” Sibanda, 23, who co-produced the recently-released duet by Chris Brown and Rita Ora titled Body On Me, has paid tribute to his parents for supporting his desire to pursue a career in music.

The Los Angeles-based music producer told the Daily News that he realised that music would be his career choice from a tender age.

“I am extremely thankful to my parents who have supported and encouraged me ever since I told them I wanted to pursue music.

“Music is obviously not a very popular career path in Zimbabwe but my parents believed in me from day one, and I’m forever grateful for that.”

The 23-year-old music producer, who has worked with celebrated musicians like Sean Paul, Jason Derulo, Elliphant, K Michelle, Krishane and Fifth Harmony, has worked on his music craft for the past decade.

“I got into music production because when I was 13 a friend introduced me to a programme called Fruity Loops. I started making beats and I loved doing it so much, that I literally did it every day for six to eight hours. It is all I’ve ever known and all I have ever wanted to do,” he said.

Thanks to his persistence, Sibanda has got the opportunity to work with many celebrated artistes since he relocated to Los Angeles three years ago.

“I was born and raised in Harare and moved to LA about three years ago, and I just started working with anyone who would get in the room with me, songwriters and artists. Eventually some of the publishers and record labels started to hear my work and one thing led to another. I am now signed to Dr Luke/Prescription Songs, so with Fifth Harmony and Rita Ora, they brought me those opportunities,” he said.

The youthful music producer was quick to add that music production demands a lot of hard work.

“Musically, it takes a lot of time and effort to put these songs together. I actually started working on Body On Me in January and we only finished it this June. So, besides music, I don’t really have time for much, other than spending time with my friends and family and going to church and Bible study.”

Despite working with some of the best musicians in the world, Sibanda a former St Georges College student still cherishes working with artistes from his homeland including Brian Soko who co-produced Beyonce’s Drunk In Love.

“I work with Brian Soko, who is another super talented music producer from Zimbabwe who is based out here.

“I am actually working on (Zimbabwean) Taps Mugadza’s music right now! He was on CBZ ‘A’ Academy a couple of years ago and he is super talented. He will be releasing his single in the next month, so look out for it,” he said.

Aged just 23, Sibanda believes he is still too young to get married.

“I am 23 years old and no I am not married, haha. I do have a girlfriend though who has been very supportive throughout my career,” he said.


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