GZU student ventures into music

Paul Pindani in CHINHOYI

A MEDIA and Cultural Studies student at Great Zimbabwe University has ventured into music.

Chido Swotwa, whose musical journey started in 2018, is on industrial attachment at New Ziana’s Telegraph.

She was motivated to venture into music by her mother and Music and Performing Arts lecturers.

The Afro-fusion artiste was ecstatic when her group, Fusion Band, came second in the Chibuku Road To Fame provincial finals.

“I felt great to be named second after coming a distant fourth the previous year.

“I had given up but my lecturers inspired me to keep working hard and we did it this year. It’s a collective effort from all the band members,” she said.

Swotwa, who is a fine lead vocalist, feels at home when playing hand rattles (hosho) or shakers.

She derives joy in the fact that her mother has been very supportive.

“My mother is my pillar of strength. She always gives me maximum support,” said Swotwa.

She gave credit to her lecturers, Madam Yule and Shadreck Dzingai, for their dedication in moulding her to be a raw gem, which now needs polishing.

“I want to thank my lecturers for taking time from their busy schedules to help me be a better artist.”

“It is very disheartening that some promoters don’t feel comfortable paying artists if you are yet to be known.”

Her dream is to share the stage with Feli Nandi or Jah Prayzah.

“Jah Prayzah is my best and I also look forward to holding a show alongside Feli Nandi.”

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