Tina aims for the stars


HARARE – Upcoming Chitungwiza-based jazz artiste Tina Watyoka has released a video for the song Usapere Simba off her eight-track debut album Introducing Tina.

The 24-year-old musician believes the video will help to popularise her first album which dropped last month.

“I have a dream of being a great performer and for my music to be the voice of voiceless women, girls and children out there,” said Tina.

“I hope this video will create a buzz around my debut album and catapult me to stardom.”

The young star also hopes the video will help her graduate from corporate functions which have largely become her speciality into much bigger public shows.

Usapere Simba is a track that encourages people never to give up in life despite the countless perils and vicissitudes they may encounter in life.

Although the influences of the likes of Erika Badu and South Africa’s Lira are discernible, Introducing Tina brings out Tina Watyoka’s own unique and beautiful voice, warm and passionate, with a wide vocal range and full of expression.

Watyoka is a truly gifted singer with a near flawless and soothing vocal style.

Her music has a touchy feel and explores serious themes based on her life’s experiences.

The tracks Chii? and Mari, which have received encouraging airplay on the country’s radio stations, have played a part in raising the profile of the young jazz artiste.

Currently studying towards a degree in music at Midlands State University, Watyoka said she has gained more experience in the music industry, but maintains she has a lot to learn as she dreams of becoming one of the greats in the jazz genre.

“I have gained a lot of exposure but still harbour dreams of becoming one of the most sought-after jazz singers in the country because music is my passion," she added.

Tina is currently in the studio working on a second album which she features celebrated afro jazz musician Alexio Kawara and veteran Clive Mono Mukundu.

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