Award-winning Norton music producer Sylvester Chitsvatsva says teenage songstress Courtney is destined for the stars.
Chitsvatsva, popularly known as Sly Mnandi, was giving his appraisal of Denga, the 14-year-old’s debut single.
“She is destined to be a star; a naturally talented singer whose vocals are always on point. She is a joy to work with,” said Sly.
Born Courtney Hiyani in the provincial capital, Chinhoyi, on August 5 2007, the debutant songstress has been impressing several observers during church sessions at ZAOGA Fellowship in Faith’s local assembly.
She was doing so below the showbiz radar, until recently when one of her mentors at church approached her mother.
“Someone from church approached me recently, telling me that my daughter was a talented singer who deserved a chance in the studio.
“I was not surprised by the singing part as she is always singing even at home during her chores.
“What surprised me was the revelation that she was actually good enough for a career as a recording artiste,” said Enia Hiyani (Courtney’s mother) in a chat with H-Metro Entertainment & Lifestyle.
She added that she was happy to support her daughter financially and through parental encouragement.
“I support her with money for recordings while also encouraging her that music is good if done and managed well. She does music during her spare time so that it does not interfere with her academic studies”.
Courtney is a Form One student at Norton’s Vimbai High School.
In Denga, an exhortation to repentance, she punches well above her weight, vocally.
A comparison with the likes of Agartha Murudzwa, Janet Manyowa and the rest of Zimbabwe’s impressive array of gospel songstresses would not be misplaced, while she must be encouraged by the exploits of another trending teenager, urban pop star Herman.
The Zvandoda hitmaker made a first impression good enough to attract the attention of His Excellency President ED Mnangagwa at this year’s National Youth Day concert.
He was rewarded with a Presidential scholarship.