You were born in Zimbabwe, what are your childhood memories of growing up there?

Childhood memories would be playing in the grass when it was long and setting traps for people to trip them.

What schools did you attend in Zimbabwe, and was school an enjoyable time for you? If not, why not?

I attended Moffat primary and
High school, I went to Churchill boys high.
The school was reasonably good.
Primary was pretty good because it was close to home. I had lots of family in the same school also. I didn’t feel out of place at all.

High school was next level. I didn’t feel at all prepared for it. I had some friends from
Primary school, that helped a bit. But that higher level of learning and sport and real-life was not easy.

Were your talents recognised early by your teachers, and if so, can you remember any that had a particular influence on you?

Talents in school, I did not really excel at anything, particularly, things were 50/50 in all classes and sports.
I guess with getting older, you take on new habits and hobbies, so while at high school, I was literally trying to find my calling..

Being a /Dj as a career – was this always the dream?

Being a DJ was definitely a dream, after getting to know a few DJs and listening to them play.
With my understanding of music.. I knew I could do what they did.. all I needed was a chance..
I started to use cassettes to mix songs together at the same time… which was hard.. but the ideas kept flowing..
So the day I got to use DJ equipment… I made it worthwhile… I didn’t want to stop mixing..

Who inspired you as a child?

Who inspired me as a child?? I would say my Uncle Coolie.. he was also a DJ.. so having access to music also helped me.

What is your creative process like?

My creative process…. well, in the DJ field.. listening to new music helps.. my style of mixing is to identify hooks in a song and make that a key element, trying to make a song sound better than the original…

Tell me about the first time you saw your mixes come to life?

First time I saw my mixes come to life… There were annual events like the “beer fest” I got to know some of the DJs… one of those gave me a few minutes on the decks. It was still early, so it didn’t worry him if I messed around a bit.
But I didn’t mess around; I did as good as he would do…
He was impressed and let me play longer.
That was enough to give me more confidence..

Can you describe that feeling?
I can’t describe that feeling because, at the time, I was still learning. So just being excited to do it again.
But the most overwhelming feeling as a DJ is being on a big stage.
It looks good to watch, but once you’re on there and in front of 1000s of people.
You get nervous beyond belief.

What is one message you would give young aspiring DJs/artists?

A message I would give to aspiring DJs/artists…
Be the best you can be, and not everyone is talented in the same ways. So push your talent and believe that it will work.

What would you be doing right now if it wasn’t for your current career?

If I weren’t a DJ, I’d be a graphic designer by profession.

Where have you worked(dj’ing)? What venues most excited you?

The Venues I’ve played at are,
Synergy, Platinum Lounge, Vogue, Stars, and Pablos, – to name a few. Other events in Harare are HIFA, beach party, beer fest, and various other events.
Cyber, news cafe & marvel in South Africa,
Club hashtag in Zambia.
The exciting things are making people party hard, and when playing in a new venue.

How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music and fashion industry?

The Internet plays the most significant part of music and fashion because only the DJ had music ten years ago. We would need to buy a disc to be the guys who would introduce new music to the people.
Now, anyone has access to new music. Fashion trends are all over social media. People are up to date instantly.
I can now send my mixes directly to people. Whereas before, I’d make CDs and promote them at my events.

What is the biggest life lesson you have learned?

The biggest life lesson I’ve learned would be to not depend much on people.

What is the best advice you’ve been given?

Everyone has their struggles, and not everyone wants you to do better than them. This is also the best advice I’ve been given. And I’ve seen it.

If you could change anything about the arts industry, what would it be?

What I’d change about the industry is quality control.
Not everyone is good, but they are portrayed as a big named DJ because they know someone who knows someone. When they are actually not!

What do we need to do as a community to support young artists based all over the world? What is your experience would make a difference?

As a community, talent shows should be held to assist the youth.
Events that will give them a chance to explore their talent or learn something new. But options will be there for them to choose from.

What difference has COVID made to your life?

COVID has literally shut down the music industry.
Most people do not social distance when at a party. They drink, they dance, they shout, they hug, the list is endless.
Covid has shown me how short life can be. And how little people know about hygiene and social distancing.

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 Sindiso Ndlovu is an International pageant model.  She is the reigning Miss Tourism Global Africa. She is also Miss Polo Zimbabwe and will represent Zimbabwe in Bali, Indonesia next year. 

She is the owner of PrettybySindy , a cosmetic company as well as Sindys’s Transport Services.

I went to Eaglesvale High School, Cornway college then Forte Hare University to study Biochemistry and Statistics.

My greatest strength is the passion and drive i have for everything I do.

I decided to be a model because I have a desire to be on stage and also wanted something that would provide a platform to express my advocacies and allow me to be be a role model.

My greatest achievement has been my degree , no doubt.

I am a pageant and commercial model and the Covid 19 Pandemic has stopped me from being able to participate in International Pageants.

*You were born in Zimbabwe, what are your childhood memories of growing up there?*

I don’t have many memories growing up, but I would say that my childhood was not the easiest. I grew up with a strict dad, so it was mainly school and home only. Doing well at school was also a priority and expected by my dad. 

*What schools did you attend in Zimbabwe and was school an enjoyable time for you?  If not, why not?*

 I was a rebellious child and I was not too fond of school so staying in school was hard, my dad tried to put me in almost every private school in Harare until I finally settled in Prestige College where I did my primary and secondary years.  Around grade 6/7, I moved to Zambia with my dad and joined Lusaka International Community School(LICS). It was hard at first with the curriculum and making new friends, but eventually, after about 6months, I started fitting in better and enjoying it. I was overweight as a kid, and the ugly duckling, so I was bullied and made fun of a lot. I was reserved, shy, and quiet. When I was 14, I started losing weight, and the glow-up started.

 *Were your talents recognised early by your teachers and if so, can you remember any that had a particular influence on you?*

I’d say my intelligence was recognized more than talents. I remember being referred to as the dictionary in English class, as I was good with spelling, and the calculator in Math lol. I was always good at art, as my family is artists, so I did not just excel at Art or Academics, but I had a good balance

*Being a Fashion designer/Dj as a  career – was this always the dream?*

I have always loved animals, so as a young kid, I wanted to be a veterinarian, but as I got to around 10, that changed to being a fashion designer. I loved drawing and designing outfits, sewing clothes for my dolls to wear. 
Around 13 is when my love for music grew, and I was interested in DJing and mixing music. So yeah, I would say it was always my dream. 

*Who inspired you artistically as a child?*

Well, from my tattoos, you can tell I was a Rihanna fan, but that phase was short-lived. I would not say anyone inspired me, but I was influenced by my older sisters in the music I listened to and the clothes I wore. 

My eldest sister loved Rave and EDM back then, and my other sister loved hip hop, so that helped with being a DJ, and growing up with different sounds. 

I would say I get more inspiration from people’s success stories. I love the nothing to something come up stories. So to hear that motivates and inspires me rather than their work or designs. 
I like to be as authentic as possible, so I did not use to pay attention to what other designers are putting out. I wanted all my ideas to be straight from my creativity. If I did happen to get inspiration from other designers’ work, I would take what I see and transform it into something completely different, so it is still my creation. 

*What is your creative process like?*

I am quite a complex person, and I have OCD, so I cannot concentrate much unless everything is in order. 
I am organized and strategic, so when I want to design or think of DJing, I write down my ideas and what I plan to do. I then get organized with everything I need, and I love to be comfortable when I am designing, so I mainly lay on my bed, and that is where the magic happens, lol, I put on music, and the creative juices start to flow. 
Tell me about the first time you saw your Designs on the runway?
Before I launched my fashion line, I would design and make my outfits or customize clothes to go clubbing in.

*Can you describe that feeling?*

When I did launch my ADNP brand in 2015, It was surreal. Everything I had put on paper and envisioned for so long had finally come to life. It had gone from paper to reality of being on the runway. I had done everything from choosing fabrics, working with designers, organizing the show, and getting sponsors, so it was amazing for me, and the response from it was humbling. 

*What is one message you would give young aspiring artists?
I would say, never give up! Make sure you believe in yourself firstly and mostly before anyone else believes in you or supports you. If you have a passion for it and this dream is in your heart, Do not give up. Keep pushing and working at it because it does not happen overnight. 

*What would you be doing right now, if it wasn’t for your current career?*

Music, Fashion/ Design, and beauty have always been my passion, so I do not see myself doing anything else, but I would want to expand and diversity in those sectors. 
Part of design, the decor is another passion, and I plan to get into real estate one day. As a business-minded person, we need several streams of income, and if it makes money, it makes sense. So apart from my passions, I would still invest or get into other businesses.

*Where have you Dj’d? What venues most excited you?*
Venues that most excited me, I would say, performing on stage, so festivals and outside gigs excited me the most. The one I loved most was Unplugged in Zimbabwe, and internationally, Zambia was crazy. There were thousands of people there. Victoria Falls, I played there twice as well, and again, that was something else.So I would say that the venues that most excite me are always playing on the bigger stages. I do like clubs, but I think the most excitement comes from being on stage.

*How do you feel the Internet has impacted the arts industry?*

I feel there are pros and cons to the internet. The advantages are that it’s a good source of education or inspiration, and it brings the world together as one global market. Many people are scouting for talent online, and many people have been found and made into huge names today. 

I’d say the main cons to it is that it takes away authenticity and creativity, and makes people lazy because if they need inspiration or ideas, google or YouTube is there. The social media aspect of the internet gives people this fake life to aspire to or compete with. The wrong things inspire many kids today. 

*What is the biggest life lesson you have learned?*

Wow! I have learned a lot, often the hard way. I would say be careful and selective of whom you allow close to you. Keep real genuine friends around you, and in terms of that I have learned time means nothing, you could know someone for years who will stab you in the back and want to see your downfall, and you could meet someone tomorrow, and they’d have good and true intentions for you. Also, don’t trust anyone and keep your life private. Trust in yourself and God.

*What is the best advice you’ve been given?*

I have been given so much great advice, but the most appropriate information for everything in life is water. Keep going and keep flowing. Be able to adapt, and when anything stops, you find a way around or through it. Also, know everything in life happens for a reason. Everything good and bad. 

*If you could change anything about the art industry, what would it be?*

I would change the perception of the arts industry. I would want people and the government to take it seriously as any other sector. I would want artists and DJs to be given the credit they deserve and be adequately paid. Also, I would want people to support and value artists in Zim as they do with international artists. Not only when we become international, then we get the support of Zimbabweans. I would want to change many things, but in a nutshell, those are some of the main ideas. 

*What do we need to do as a community to support young up and coming artists that are based all over the world, what in your experience would make a difference?*

In Zimbabwe, we need to pay Zimbabwean artists the same attention as American artists.  We tend to take our own for granted.
 As the community,  we are already influenced mainly by America.  I think we need to start giving our artists credit and paying attention to them the same way we do to all International .artists. One example is Sha Sha. People hardly recognised her as she was making it, but once she was internationally recognised and got her BET award, Zimbabwe is now suddenly backing her.
So, the people need to start supporting artists from the ground up, not only once they’ve made it, or once they’ve been recognised. 

*What difference has COVID made to your life?*
I think Covid-19 just came and messed things up for everyone. However, trying to be positive about it, it’s made me realise many things.  People were taking things for granted. COVID 19 has made us understand what is important.

It has hit the industries that I am in. I mean hard. I look forward to life going back to normal because I think the entertainment industry is going to return – booming, and I cannot wait for that. I know it has pros and cons, but obviously, we want to see the silver lining!
Moving to South Africa, I started playing at Sumo. I planned to make a come back as a DJ full Force. However, I decided to take a break. I needed to regroup because, for many years, I have just been working and pushing. My comeback was planned for the beginning of 2020, but then Covid19 arrived.
 I want my fans to know that even though I am quiet, Trill Angel will be back – bigger and better than before. Apart from the Trill Angel brand, I registered my company, House of ADNP, in South Africa. I will reintroduce the ADNP brand with a new logo and lots of new exciting plans, so keep watching this space.

Simbarashe Tagwireyi is a Zimbabwean born producer, singer, and emcee. He is also known by the stage name ‘Simba Tagz.’ Although initially recognized for his talents as a producer, he has spent the last few years in front of the microphone – honing his skills as an artist.

With several collaborative songs under his belt, Simba Tagz is poised to take the African music industry by the horns with his definitive progressive genre-free sound. With the release of his first collaborative effort with Mr. Eazi (2019), Simba Tagz proved his ability to make internationally recognised music. His releases with other African artists like Dotman and Ice Prince gave him a more significant foothold in local and regional markets. Simultaneously as a producer, he has worked with several African hopefuls and heavyweights such as Burna Boy, Maleek Berry, Lady Zamar, Wande Coal, Sarz, and others.

“I feel like being encapsulated within just one genre is a limiting factor. I try my best to represent and embody my Zimbabwean upbringing in everything I do. Sonically, for me, everything rests on a good melody, I’m huge on strong melodies!”

  • Who inspired you musically as a child?

As far as inspiration as a child, it wasn’t really from artists as much as it was from my actual family. My older brothers and cousins (that I grew up with ) inspired me musically due to the different types of music they would play around the house.

  • What is your creative process like?

“I always get this question, and I always say there is no one way to tackle a song sometimes, you start with the lyrics, and sometimes you start with the beat, and sometimes you sing in the shower, and something happens. Mostly, while I’m making a beat, I start to get ideas for a chorus or the lyrics, and it starts to gel like that.”

  • Tell me about the first time you were on a stage?

It wasn’t even for a performance, but it was for a Variety show at St John’s High. I was still learning to write lyrics, I got on stage, but I had no confidence and couldn’t even project my voice. It was just terrible. However, one of the teachers said, “go rehearse and come back, you have good lyrics, but you just need to be more confident and move around more!”

Can you describe that feeling?

Haha, it was terrible

Who would you most like to collaborate with?

Andre 3000 or Pharrell.

What is one message you would give young actors/musicians entrepreneurs?

Find your niche, find your fan base. If you’re an entrepreneur – find your target market and service them. We often find ourselves caught up in trying to be something huge on a global scale when all you need to do is grow your small tribe until its the big one!

What would you be doing right now if it wasn’t for your current career?

I’d be a computer programmer, that’s my formal qualification.

Where have you performed? What venues most excited you?
(Mostly) Zimbabwe, South Africa, and England. The out of town, or those abroad excited me more because I was also excited to travel.

How do you feel the Internet has impacted the and music visual arts industry?

Goes back to what I was saying to upcoming producers and artists and entrepreneurs about finding their niche. On the Internet it’s very easy to find a niche and service your niche and never worry about what the next man is doing. Artists like Masego and Drake are not in the same lane, yet both are thriving because that’s the freedom the Internet gives to the consumer.

What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into?

Haha, I’m a good boy.

What is the biggest life lesson you have learned?

Nobody owes you anything, and you don’t owe anybody anything.

If you could change anything about the music industry, what would it be?

I would probably make sure that that there is a lot of information is out there for upcoming artists. About contracts and things like that so that they can make informed decisions for their careers. A lot of people only realise years later that they made bad choices based on desperation at the time. When if they had known what they were signing onto, they might not have done it!

What do we need to do as a community to support young up and coming artists that are based all over the world? What is your experience would make a difference?

Artists need first and foremost monetary support to be able to make their dreams happen. Music videos and PR Managers and bands don’t come free.

I’m not saying give the artists money for free. I’m saying attend shows, buy CDs, support their music, stream the music. If you can’t buy it, something as simple as a share, can I help on social media!

What difference has COVID made to your life?

Weirdly enough probably didn’t make a difference. Maybe the fact that I can’t travel as much as I used to or whenever I wanted to. I’m generally a homebody, and I hardly leave the house so as far as my day to day life not much.

However, the way I look at the world has changed. It’s all very different. My outlook for how shows should be and the realisation of how much more reliant we’ve become on social media and just the Internet in general. This pandemic has shifted my mindset.

Simba Tagz Badman

Sachaajean aka Sachaa van Biljon is a 26 year old Zimbabwean born artist.
A Musician and a Jewellery designer and she is also the co-owner of @vanblingaccesories – A creative. Owner and designer of her own Lingerie range called @n.u.d.e. _by_sachaa
Sachaa started performing as a dancer but that was not enough for this ambitious Musician, she went on to designing jewellery for prominent artists like a.k.a , Dj zinhle , Buffalo Souljah of South Africa and Konshens who hails from Jamaica.
Presenting was a natural progression for her and she soon found herself hosting award shows in Zimbabwe.

Sachaajean realised that Music was what she wanted to do and eventually joined the music industry where she has been for five years .
She is the recipient ‘best performance act’ and has had her own Zimbabwe tour that covered four cities in two weekends.

Sachaajean has performed in Johannesburg which she thought was a great experience,S.E.L.F EP was created in the space of 2 months n released on the 10th of june on Sachaas birthday on all platforms, it consists of 7 tracks , Sachaa called her e.p S.E.L.F because it represents Spirit, Earth,Love and Future. Track 6 on the E.P titled somenights is referring to different married women who dont know what they could be to their husbands and how some husbands could get bored of them in the 21st century where husbands are exposed to different kinds of women including on the internet.
Music – Sachaajean has dropped three mixtapes so far and also recently dropped her e.p which link is in her Instagram bio @sachaajean

Sachaajeans’ dream is to accomplish her goals as a female artist and to be known all over the world but more so she would like to inspire the African females out there who are also chasing their dreams .🌈🌈
Youtube @sachaajeanmusicInstagram @sachaajeanAudiomac @sachaajeanmusicSoundcloud @SACHAAAMUSICTwitter @SACHAA_skiskuurFacebook @sachaajean page