Artistes should network internationally

HARARE - Music producer and hip-hop artiste, Simbarashe Tagwireyi aka Simba Tagz says the only way for local artistes to make an impact internationally is to network and get airplay outside Zimbabwe.

Simba Tagz is lined up for the inaugural African Music Concert to be held on November 21 at the Expo Centre in Nasrec, Johannesburg, South Africa.

“The mainline media is still very important and so is getting play on MTV and Channel O. Getting played on radio stations outside the country is very important as it exposes you to a new audience. The local industry is growing and maturing and it is very exciting so it is an upside to the whole issue, if these things are considered, more will come,” he said.

On the South African gig he said: “It is a great opportunity for me to be performing at such a platform. It is also a good thing from Zimbabweans to get recognition. My act will be 30 minutes so I am still trying to get other artistes to go and perform with me.”

Simba Tagz is a producer and artiste, an all-round musician.

He grew up in Harare and went to Vainona Primary School, St Johns Emerald Hill and Gateway High School.

“I come from a large family, I have one sibling I share my mother and father with and seven half siblings. There was a group guys in my neighbourhood who used to produce and it fascinated me. I used to write rhymes in school for fun so I tried my hand at making the actual instrumentals and it worked out.”

The 29-year-old says he is inspired by people around him and his personal experiences.

“They always find a way to make it into my lyrics. At this present moment, I am enjoying afro beats the most, so I would say this has been the most interesting. Artistic-wise I enjoy every different artist I work with because it is a new experience every time.”

The Stronger hit maker said his biggest highlight was producing for a Nigerian musician, Wande Coal.

“Well, at this point a lot of things are starting to take shape and take place so I feel there are more highlights to come. Definitely mastering Wande Coal’s album was big for me and my nation as this album made it to number one on the Itunes world tour.

“I have produced myself and Major Playaz back in the day, Skwatta Kamp from South Africa, Peekay, Tehn Diamond, Charlie Carlson, Teekay Chidz and many more,” he said.

As both a producer and an artiste, one side tends to suffer at the expense of the other as he is employed as a producer elsewhere, and has his own studio.

“It is very hard to balance the two so one always suffers a little bit. This year I produced, mixed and mastered more so I did not get the chance to put out as much material as an artist.

“I work with two studios mainly; HWMIT in Belgravia owned by the company HWMIT and my own home studio.”

He released his first album titled Pretty Special early 2012. He ventured into music in 2004, to the record stable Livestock Music co-owned by Ngoni Takawira and Passion Gono.

Simba Tagz has also worked with a number of South African musicians who include Skwatta Kamp (song called Hey, from the 2009 album Fair and Skwear).

He is currently single.

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