Trust Khosa, Assistant News Editor
SONGBIRD Chido Machanzi says strong networking has worked wonders to enhance her profile.
The 24-year-old believes successful musicians have also made it to international acclaim by forging strong alliances and synergies with other talented artistes across the globe.
Machanzi opened up to H-Metro Entertainment & Lifestyle following the incredible response of her latest song titled “Manyemwe” featuring Sudanese diva Becky Johnz.
The refreshing and yet danceable song was released last month with its incredible visuals nothing of a triumph.
“The song Manyemwe’s instant success has enhanced my profile and my brand since it was my first international collaboration and being able to be known by people from South Sudan.
“The response is good, I’m grateful and I do appreciate the love from Zimbabwe and South Sudanese, through dance challenge since the song itself is a dance song,” she said.
Asked how she hooked up with Becky Johnz and the time they took working on Manyemwe’s audio and visuals, Machanzi explained:
“We started arranging the collaboration from February and it was such a huge and new experience for me and would like to thank the producer Leekay Di Man for engineering the song, all the dancers who took part on the video Triezyblackzw, Micheal,Drew, Teo, innocent and Beatrice until it’s done was able to release it end of June.
“I also learnt to be humble and be able to discover the talent from someone besides their background since she is such a huge star already doing well she was able to notice my ability and I’m so inspired by that.”
Machanzi who is basking in glory of the success of their collabo assured fans that there was more to come between her and Becky.
“Well, I want to promise my fans that we have shared our journey in music and we will always give you good music,” said the diva who hinted that she was working another collabo with a Nigerian artiste.
Like most of her peers on home turf stranded on Covid-19 induced lockdown, Machanzi said social media managed to keep her connected to fans.
“Social media has been able to take a role especially on times like these where I am able to talk with them and share my music.
“However, my fans have missed me as they love to see me dancing on stage where they can cheer me a lot.
“I miss that a lot, it hurts to see them miss me like that but all I can say I will keep everything for them until Covid-19 is over. If God allows, I will always give them what they need.”
She however said her she was also facing challenges to enhance her career.
“Money is a major challenge since we there are no show these days but I believe every industry has been affected so God always know the way forward for everyone he provides.
“Besides the challenges, I am planning to record new summer songs and videos are coming,” she added.
Besides Manyemwe, Machanzi has boasts of a number of well-knit singles and albums.
She was discovered by DJ Tamuka who once worked for Military Touch Movement under Jah Prayzah.
I recorded my first project titled Shumba in 2018 and that was the turning point of me in music circles.
“I have a second album titled Mirauone which carries five songs namely Ndiroore, Washanduka, Shumba and the title track and Mama Africa.
“After discovering my groove, I went on to record another project all Mafaro Mafaro in 2019.
“It carries 10 songs namely Handsome Pfacha, Mafaro Ndinoada, Dilemma, Amina Kadeya, Rise & Shine, Tora, Kana Waenda Joni featuring Maskiri, Mhika featuring Caespidor and Musikana Wemagitare featuring Terry Africa,” Machanzi was quoted as saying in a recent edition of this publication.
Besides music, the former Mabelreign Girls High learner is also a marketer and visual artiste.
She has graduated with a three-year Diploma in Visual Arts & Design with the National Art Gallery (of Zimbabwe), an affiliate of the Harare Polytechnic College.
In short, Machanzi is a musician, painter, designer and model.
However, it is in music where she is making giant strides in the carving a name for herself.