Musicians Nesto, Tererai blessed with baby girl

HARARE - Prominent urban grooves stars Ernest “Nesto” Mnandi and Tererai Mugwadi have been blessed with a baby girl.

The baby, who has been christened Hannah, was born in Harare last week at the Avenues Clinic.

Ngala Ngala singer Nesto could neither confirm nor deny the news.

“I like to keep my personal life as Ernest out of the limelight. It is not everyone who has good intentions towards you,” was all he was prepared to tell the Daily News.

According to a well-placed source, the two have been dating for close to two years.

“They somehow managed to keep the relationship out of the limelight even though they went to gigs and other arts functions together. To those of us in their circle of friends, they really appear quite content with each other,” he said.

Another source said the relationship has helped Tererai — who has in the past been taken to court for various misdemeanours — shed her bad girl image.

“I have never seen her happy. In fact she is at her happiest. I haven’t seen her glowing this much in years. Nesto is just what the doctor ordered for her; he appears very good to her. She has stayed out of trouble since she began dating him. I hope it will last forever,” said the source.

Alongside Roki’s ex, Pauline Gundidza, Tererai is arguably the best female vocalist to emerge out of the urban grooves movement.

Tererai, who was reportedly “discovered” by Roki, burst onto the local music scene in the 2000s as a high school student when she dropped the hit single Waenda, off the Chamhembe Compilation album Part One.

The album feature the likes of Roki, Ex Q, Mafriq and Leonard Mapfumo. Her other hits include Sands of Time, Heya and I would and I will. Early this year, she teamed up with producer and rapper Tapfumanashe Mutseyekwa to set up a Harare-based recording studio called Tea-Time Records.

On the other hand, Nesto first attracted national prominence with the song My Chocolate which became a favourite on the local radio and television.

Nesto released three fairly accepted albums until the 2008 death of his mother “which made him lose artistic inspiration.”

He bounced back in 2014 with the track Ngala Ngala which he said symbolised the end of his drawn-out grief for his mother.

The video of the song featured former Miss Zimbabwe, Catherine Makaya.

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