Versatility, originality and simply creative aptly sum up this young diva.
Her wondrous voice, simple and yet rich songwriting technique awe well as stage communication make her a rare breed among her peers.
She was on demand before the first Covid-19 lockdown performing at an upmarket venue and private functions.
Inspired by both living and departed stars, she represents a new crop of divas who are multi-tasking.
My name is Chido Machanzi, an Afro-fusion and Afro-jazz musician based in Harare.
I was born 24 years ago in the Mazowe area (Mashonaland Central) in a family of three – two girls and a boy.
My parents Wellington and Priscilla Machanzi are both alive and a source of inspiration.
I did part of my schooling in the Limpopo province, South Africa and Zimbabwe respectively.
I came back to Zimbabwe in 2011 and enrolled at Mabelreign Girls High where I finished my high school.
In the year 2015 I enrolled for a three-year Diploma in Visual Arts & Design at the National Art Gallery (of Zimbabwe) under the Harare Polytechnic College.
In short, I am a musician, painter, designer and model.
I’m someone who has always been passionate about arts growing up as a kid.
I discovered my musical talent at college when we were supposed to make presentations of our work.
Growing up, I was also creative in music and I fully showcased that talent at college.
My parents when not even surprised when I decided to venture music.
My father is the one who runs my affairs as a manager but he gives me room to do my work.
He is a nice person with a lot of influence and in music I think he also gets the support from his best friend Chipaz (Partson Chimbodza) a music promoter.
As a young artiste, I have a lot of dreams that I would like to achieve in my lifetime.
I will be glad if I own and run my recording label as well as making a breakthrough on the international scene.
I would to create something that would become a full package for me since I am a musician, painter, designer and model.
To ensure that I achieve these goals and targets, I will remain committed to my work and proper management of my father, I can also go places.
- DJ TAMUKA’S HAND
It was DJ Tamuka who was MTM then who discovered my talent and showed me the way and how it should be.
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.
When it comes to inspiration, I would say I am inspired by what I see every day.
I am someone who can write a song from experiences and that has made my work a bit easier.
I feel excited when I write a song which captures all that I see in our day to day life.
- ROLE MODELS
As an artiste, there are several people that I grew looking up to as they inspire me.
Chief among the role models is the late Brenda Fassie who died in 2004.
Other artistes I take as role models comprise the late Chiwoniso Maraire, Jemi Alade, Jah Prayzah, Beyonce and the late Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi.
These are some of the people I grew up looking up to since their music is timeless and enjoyable.
Besides multitasking as a painter, musician and model, I also work as a sales representative in the capital.
I have been working for that organization for the past six months or so and I do enjoy my job.
However, I will not stop doing other things that I am talented in and it is my hope that I create my own unique brand.
- BALANCING ACT
I’m also one person who is very particular about time and I don’t have a problem in managing it.
As a person who do a lot of things, proper planning has made my job look easier and that is why l am managing.
Again, with proper manage I can perform a number of tasks.
- BEST SHOW
When it comes to live performances, I will always remember the one we held at Glamis during the Harare Agric Show in 2019.
I was impressed to hear people singing along to my music and it was indeed a great show to remember/.
- WORST SHOW
Before lockdown, I was nearly embarrassed on stage during a show we held at Jazz 105 (now EastPoint).
The sound was terrible and I was given a mic which was also terrible.
Fans could not hear what I was singing and the problem was solved later but the embarrassment had been done.
Like any other person in showbiz, I do face financial problems and I have no genuine sponsor who can bankroll me.
Of course my parents play their part but I am yet to get an independent sponsor or a corporate helper.
There are however special people like my father, mother and Blessed Simba who always make my job easier.
When it comes to things that I can say I have managed to achieve now is the fan base that I have.
Of course I might be a beginner but I am happy that I have a huge following on social media, especially youtube where people come to view my music.
The feedback I get is really encouraging to say the least.
- HIDDEN TALENT
During the lockdown, I have realised one of my hidden talents that I have been sitting on for years.
One of these talents that I have is that I can do hair.
I was shocked to discover that I was indeed a good hairdresser, the talent that I have been sitting on for years.
- LOVE LIFE
This is one area where I am not comfortable to share.
My fans will know first once there is something tangible.So far, I am in love with my art and nothing more.
- SPECIAL THANKS
On a parting shot, I would like to thank my father for his managerial role in my career so far.
He has been there for me and right now he has lined up a number of collaborations for me like Beckie Johns from South Sudan among other locks.
We also want to thank our fans, promoters and media – both print and electronic!
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