Songstress Tamy goes a gear up

HARARE - Young songstress Tamy, who recently launched a video of the hit Ndibereke, off her seven-track debut album titled The 18th Rollercoaster, is taking her budding career to the next level.

The 18-year-old artiste will be heading to South Africa in December to collaborate with Ghetto Ruff Records/Muthaland artistes Vusumzi “Vusi Nova” Nongxa and Nkosinathi “Nathi” Mankayi.

Tamy, who ventured into the music world at the age of seven, believes she has what it takes to make it big in South Africa.

“I am excited and looking forward to it but at the same time again anxious and eager to see how I can enhance my music career by entering a bigger and rather different market altogether which can be a challenge....but we will see how that goes,” she said.

Tamy is convinced that she has chosen the right people to help her break onto the international scene.

“Ghetto Ruff/ Muthaland has produced incredible artistes to date and I can only hope to be their next superstar,” the Bhundu singer said.

Ghetto Ruff Records/ Muthaland managing director Lance Stehr, whose label has worked with top artistes such as DJ Cleo, Bongani Fassie, Zola and Mzekezeke, told the Daily News on Sunday from South Africa that he is looking forward to working with Tamy.

“We are really excited at Muthaland to have the opportunity to work with Tamy. A  Zimbabwean friend sent to me one of her tracks and I was immediately impressed by her vocals and guitar skills.

“Fortunately, three months later she was in Cape Town and I went down there from Johannesburg to meet her. She played and sang for me and it was obvious that we had to work with and share her talent with South Africa and the World,” he said.

Stehr added that the Westridge High School student will fly to Johannesburg as soon as she completes her ‘‘A’’ Level exams.

“Muthaland will host her in South Africa after her exams and we will be releasing two of her singles and her new video (Ndibereke). We will also be recording new tracks with Tamy. Nova and Nathi are looking forward to doing collaborations with her,” said the Muthaland boss.

If Tamy manages to collaborate with the popular Nova and Nathi, it will quickly expose her to the big South African market. Nova is an R&B crooner who officially launched his latest album Naninina in August while singer-songwriter Nathi is best known for the hit Nomvula off his triple-platinum debut studio album Buyelekhaya.

Tamy’s manager and mother, Doris Makwara, was quick to point out that her protégé won’t be relocating to South Africa for good in December just yet.

“She will still be based in Zimbabwe but the better part of 2017 she will be in South Africa working with the Muthaland record label.

“She is going to South Africa in December as soon as she is done with her final ‘‘A’’ level exams. That’s when she will be doing the South African launch of brand Tamy whilst also officially launching Ndibereke as a single and other singles she is currently working on,” said Makwara who added that 2017 would be a very  decisive year for Tamy’s fledgling music career.

“Tamy has also been chosen to be part of the Zimbabwe Championship for Preforming Arts (Zicopa) team that will represent the country at the World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA) that will take place in Hollywood in the second half of next year. She will be appealing for sponsorship for this big thing,” she said.

This year Zimbabwe was represented at WCOPA by a four-strong team that included guitar wizard Sylent Nqo, model Timothy Hogo, beatboxer Denzel “Probeatz” Mashonganyika and Tafadzwa Guzha.

Team Zimbabwe took home 15 medals at the 10-day event where beatboxer Probeatz, who was crowned the overall champion in his category, took home an impressive haul of five gold medals. To cap it all, Probeatz was also awarded a month-long dance scholarship with the Millennium Dance Complex in Los Angeles worth $10 000.

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