Zim song sound track for Nigerian series

HARARE - United Kingdom-based Zimbabwean singer, Theresa “Shanky” Shangazhike’s song Swedera, is a soundtrack for a Nigerian television series aired on Africa Magic Urban Channel 153 every Friday at 10pm.

According to producer  Rhoda Wilson, the series titled Housewives and  Girlfriends, directed  by celebrated Nollywood director Nelson Spyk, “is an exhilarating televisual ride through a tangled web of relationships caught up in the prism of money, culture, ambition, love, passion and jealousy”.

Shanky told the Daily News that the Nigerian television series has exposed her music to the big Nigerian market and the African Diaspora community in the UK.

“Nelson Spyk, the video director/producer I worked with on my music video for Swedera, is the one who put it forward as he was involved in the production of Housewives & Girlfriends,”  she said.

The Zimbabwe-born singer and songwriter added that the exposure has opened new doors for her.

“To have it played on Housewives and Girlfriends was another great opportunity, and I was humbled that the producers chose to have a Zimbabwean soundtrack on a Nigerian show.

“It’s a song that has been well-received when I have performed it to Nigerians, Ghanaians and other African nationalities.

“It has also been played on BBC 1xtra and received a good response. I have had interest from the Nigerian market having performed alongside artists such as Tiwa Savage and Davido. The music video for Swedera has also been played on Nigerian music TV channels such as Soundcity,” said Shanky, who describes her music as a mixture of Afrobeats, Afro-pop, dancehall and RnB.”

Shanky, who enjoys experimenting with different genres, doesn’t believe that being based in a foreign country has slowed down her music career.

“I wouldn’t say its easy either way. Even if I wasn’t a foreigner, the music industry is a tough one to crack. The main reason I do music is for the passion first and foremost so I never feel any pressure.

“I have been singing since the age of 7 but I only started writing and recording my own material about 4 years ago,” she said.

Despite being fairly successful away from Zimbabwe, Shanky has not lost contact with her land of birth.

“I am currently set to film my latest music video in Zimbabwe in April, which is really exciting. It’s for my latest single Suduruka which has a strong Afrobeat sound to it. I don’t want to give too much away but the video will be all about showcasing how beautiful Zimbabwe is.

“My role model in Zimbabwe has to be Oliver Mtukudzi. His music is timeless, people of all ages can relate to it and his sound is unique. I hope I will have the longevity in the industry that he has had,” said the rising songstress.

The Swedera singer is planning to perform in Zimbabwe next month.

“I am looking to do some shows in April when I’m in Zimbabwe. I am yet to confirm dates. I am currently working on an album. But I will be releasing some singles in the meantime to give people a taste of what to expect from the album,” she said.

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