Chashe: Am a mad scientist

HARARE - London-based songstress Chashe Musarurwa-McTaggart, whose hit “Zvokupenga” topped local charts a couple years ago, says her obsession with perfection is stifling her.

“Zvokupenga,” a duet with Tinashe Makura, offered hints of a brighter future but two years down the line music fans are still waiting for another hit from the former Berklee College of Music student.

Chashe told the Daily News on Sunday that her forthcoming album has continually been “on the drawing board” for over a year.

“I have been writing, and writing and rewriting songs like some sort of mad scientist. Sometime last year I thought I was done and started gearing towards recording the album, and then I went back to the drawing board again.

“I find as I grow and change, the music changes a lot too and this past year has been one of major growth and changes. I promise to stop being a mad scientist soon, I am just mad about things being "just right" and real when I release them,” she said.

The delay in releasing the long-awaited album has not impacted negatively on her ability to do shows. The songstress has teamed with other artistes of Zimbabwean descent to organise a series concerts across the United Kingdom.

“Myself, together with a few other artists such as Farai and the Forest Dawn, King Pro and Shane M'anjelo of Black Diamond and comedian Munashe Twah Chirisa have come together to launch a series of concerts for artists by artists,” said Chashe.

She added that the artistes involved are independently funding the concerts.

“There is no big business umbrella agency running things. We are all passionate about being able to do live shows on our terms and finally decided to create the platform for ourselves.

“I am very excited as the first show on August 25 will be at the O2 Academy in London. Our first venue is a notable one and we are working hard as a team to make it a success so that we might continue with the rest of the series,” said the Zvokupenga singer.

Away from music, the talented songstress has been keeping herself busy running an online clothing shop that she began over a year ago.

“I started off with simple accessories, such as print belts and skirts after my dearest Gogo taught me how to sew. Last year it was just for fun, but then the items actually began to sell and people liked them.

“Earlier this year my mother Annie Chikwanha, who was once a top model in Zimbabwe and who is blessed with an excellent eye for fashion and style, came into the picture.

“With her support I am creating a line of modern/professional clothing with afro detail, starting with blazers, coats and bags. We are both very big on fabrics, prints and detail, and naturally the freedom to create the things we imagine and come up with,” said Chashe.

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