Artiste triumphs over cerebral palsy

HARARE - Multi-talented Shamiso Ally Zvandasara is a singer, songwriter, poet, author, fashion designer and motivational speaker rolled into one.

She is also a holder of a Master’s degree in creative media from University of West Scotland.

Shamiso, who also uses the moniker Shamie Rosez, has many creative accomplishments under her belt despite the fact that she has to contend with cerebral palsy-a disorder that affects a person’s ability to move and maintain balance and posture.

Many people have had their dreams undermined by the limitations posed by cerebral palsy but not Shamiso. 

She captured her determination to accomplish her dreams in spite of the disorder in a poem titled Prove them Wrong – An Ode to my Cerebral Palsy.

Reads part of the poem:

This is an epilogue written especially for you CP (Cerebral Palsy) …

When heartless hungry lions jump out of the bush, my father always reminds me that I am his special daughter.

When boneless dragons of laughter preach hate in my face, my beautiful mother rescues me with a warm blanket of love and wise words.

Whenever mean bears of hurt try to apprehend my soul an army built with the people I love, we all shove them back to the dark forest.

Love is my energy I choose to love the gang of dragons, lions and bears.

Sometimes I pray for them because hating on me is something the Queen would never award them for…I will do nothing but show them that I am a warrior. I will never give up.

Shamiso’s best creative work to date is arguably The Tale of Anerudo — a contemporary folk/fiction story which began as a Masters project at University of West Scotland in 2014.

Not surprisingly, the book brings to the fore issues such as disability, gender equality, albinism and mental health.

“I was encouraged to develop it into a novel by Tony Grace David Scott who both liked the story’s plot and theme.

“I hope this book and the other creative projects I have accomplished will go a long way in proving that cerebral palsy and disability in general should not be a hindrance to one’s dreams,” Shamiso told the Daily News.

The multi- talented artiste, whose father is acclaimed gynaecologist and obstetrician — Partson Zvandasara — has just completed another book.

“The Tale of Anerudo is the first one I have published independently. I also published poems on my tumblr before publishing the book.

“I have a new book which is part of my series for young girls and teenagers — The Adventures of Lia — Lia and the Spaceship which will be available on Amazon and iTunes as well as on scribd for free in December,” she said.

On the music front, Shamiso, who drew inspiration from artistes such as Nina Simone, Diana Ross, Beyoncé, Aretha Franklin, Rita Ora, Oliver Mtukudzi and the late Chioniso Mararire, has won several prizes and awards including the National Institute of Allied Arts (Zimbabwe) prize in 2007 and a United Kingdom Song writing Contest (UKSC) prize in 2011.

She is also a member of the GISC (Guild of International Songwriters and Composers) and the British Academy of Songwriters Composers and Authors.

“I started my first music project in 2012 on ReverbNation while I was in Aberdeen (Scotland) studying English and Films.

“I am currently working on my new EP with other musicians and producers — James Foley (Scotland), Stefan Celosia (Scotland), Kriss Bar (Scotland), Stefan Wyatt (Glasgow) and Clive Mono Mukundu (Zimbabwe) that will be released in 2017,” Shamiso said.

The former Selborne Routledge Primary School and Gateway High School student will do the Zimbabwe launch of her book — The Tale of Anerudo — on December 7 at Sopranos in Avondale, Harare.

“The book launch is meant to celebrate The Tale of Anerudo and a few songs from my EP titled Earning Diamonds With You. More details will be confirmed. The EP will be ready for release next month,” said Shamiso.

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