Tina Emergres From Busi Ncube’s Shadow
From the Zimbabwe Herald
by Jairos Saunyama, 1st March 2012
Former Busi Ncube and the late Taku Mafika’s backing vocalist Tina Watyoka has embarked on a solo expedition and is currently riding high on the music scene with her soothing six-track album titled “Introducing Tina”.
The 23-year-old Chitungwiza-based songstress, who leads a five-member band, said she learnt a lot from established musicians whom she worked with.
“I dream of becoming one of the most sought-after jazz singers because music is my passion.
“I got the opportunity to work with established artistes like Busi (Ncube) and I learnt a lot from them.
“Yes, I started singing at church when I was 12 years old but all credit goes to Busi, who taught me a lot about music.
“I want to be another leading female jazz artiste in the country and join the likes of Dudu Manhenga for the growth of the genre.
“This is why I titled the album ‘Introducing Tina’. It means I have something unique to deliver,” she said.
She is a truly gifted singer with a near flawless and soothing vocal style. Her music has a touchy feel and it explores serious themes based on her life’s experiences.
Watyoka draws her inspiration from Eryka Badu and Lira and her debut album focuses on family, life’s challenges and marriage.
“Introducing Lira” is a combination of modernised mbira sound played on guitar, keyboard and a striking electric guitar coupled with fantastic improvisation.
Watyoka featured Mono Mukundu on one of the songs on her album and she also backed great musicians like Isaac Chirwa and hip-hop poet Cde Fatso.
She made her maiden appearance at the 2011 edition of Harare International Festival of the Arts as a backing vocalist for Chiwoniso Maraire.
Together with the late Taku, Gary Muponda (Willom Tight’s son) and Thokozile Nzvimbo, they toured Europe in 2010 as Africa’s representatives in the International Youth Orchestra.
Posted on March 1, 2012, in African Musicians, Album Release, News and tagged Busi Ncube, Chitungwiza, Dudu Manhenga, Gary Muponda, Harare International Festival of the Arts, International Youth Orchestra, Introducing Tina, Taku Mafika, Thokozile Nzvimbo, Tina Watyoka, Zimbabwean Music. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.