Pushing to make his mark on the African Music market is a young Zimbabwean musician called Shamie. We caught up with Shamie this weekend and had a chat to him about his life and his music career.
As a young man Taderera S Mabvudzi was a pure soccer enthusiast. He enjoyed dreams of making it big as a football star, hoping to one day maybe even have the chance to play for his country, so it was with some irritation that Shamie was forced to join his school choir. From the tender age of 10 Taderera spent a number of years learning the art of music and became a passionate singer and soloist for the choir.
Infused with a new excitement for singing and producing great music, Shamie linked up with a lifelong friend and together they formed the group Shamie & Nathan. Working together they recorded a number of popular tracks which included “Aripo Wangu”, “Ndofara” and “Mafaro Chete”. However this union of voices was not to last and the group broke up after only releasing one album.
2003 saw an opportunity for Taderera to explode onto the scene as a refreshed and rejuvenated solo artist. He kicked off his career with an album entitled Hazvinei which became hugely popular with the diaspora community of Zimbabweans around Europe.
Taking a few years out to learn more about his art, Taderera released his second album “The Journey” in 2010 and using the power of Social Networking he sold over 400 copies of the album in Austria and Germany alone.
Concentrating on his web presence, Shamie has worked hard to develop and build his reputation as a credible and recognisable Zimbabwean Musician. Through his networking and engaging with his fans Shamie began to realise that he should focus his efforts on his roots, and in his latest project Shamie has paid special attention to an African theme for his album.
“Becoming an African Musician is as much about bringing recognition to our heritage as being recognised as an individual,” said Shamie as we chatted. I was struck by his genuine and humble desire to give credence to his culture through his artistic talent.
In august 2011 Shamie released the first single from his eagerly awaited 3rd album which will be entitled “African Dream”. The single called “Baby Ndipe Nore”, and has proved to be very popular reaching 500 downloads in its first three days.
Shamie is no stranger to working with some of the most talented and easily recognisable Zimbabwean artists, examples being Stunner, Maskiri, Kelly Rusike, the late TBA & Take 5 and many, many more. He has shared the stage with giants like Simon Chimbetu, Andy Brown and Betty Makay. He is well regarded by his peers and is in my opinion certainly one to watch for the future.
Now based in Cape Town, and signed to Afri Kalcha Entertainment, Shamie is an exciting breath of fresh air. His music is a wonderful blend of Afro pop, Reggae mixed with European influences, bringing a light and fun sound to his songs. I for one am really looking forward to the release of his upcoming album and would suggest that you check back often for more news about Shamie’s music.
To find out more about Shamie visit:
Shamie on Facebook
Follow Shamie on Twitter
Listen to Shamie on SoundCloud
Download Shamie’s music on ReverbNation
Check out Shamie on YouTube
Our thanks to Taderera Madvudzi