In Conversation with: Rue

Rue

Rue: Singer/Songwriter

Ruvimbo Karimazondo aka Rue is a singer and songwriter. She was born July 12, 1992, in Harare, Zimbabwe. Apart from music she graduated from Paris School of Business with a degree in BBA Business Administration in Marketing. She is also a wife and proud mother to 2 beautiful boys. Get to know her music, listen to her EP, titled R, available here.

Where did your passion for music come from?

When I was younger, I found it difficult to express my feelings and every time I would listen to music it was therapeutic for me. I would write my feelings down and turn them into songs.

How would you describe your style of music and which artists have influenced your music the most? 

My style of music falls under R&B, EDM, Pop. It is inspired by artists such as Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Sade the list could go on. I’m an old soul when it comes to musical influence (blame my parents they played so much of it when we were kids).

What can we expect from you for the rest of the year?

I had been on ice because we welcomed a new edition to the family. Now I’m back in the studio working on new material and I think this will probably be the hardest project for me in terms of vulnerability (loads to unpack over the last year).

What would you like people to take away from listening to your music?

If my music can help someone get through whatever challenges, they are facing in life then I’ve achieved something. Music is therapy and if it can put a smile on someone’s face to get them through a crappy day or situation then I’ve done my part.

Rue - artist
Rue

What have been your highlights of life as an artist so far?

  • 2012 I won a talent show in Malaysia called Musical Iconz.
  • 2017 I was nominated for an AFRIMA under Best Female Artist in Southern Africa for my single Down. The experience was more than I could have asked for because I got to meet some amazing people who were nothing but encouraging and pleasant while we were there and continue to be great friends.
  • 2021 I released my first project “EP Titled R” (available on all platforms).

How did you keep yourself motivated and your creativity going over the last two years with lockdowns and not being able to perform live shows?

I just kept working on my material that’s the most important thing, continuing to work on my craft so that I can be better as an artist.

Who are the rocks in your life?

My husband, kids, family, mentor, friends.

What is the soundtrack to your life?

Who U Are Ft Tehn – whenever they say no or try to pull me down, I always keep going.

Who have been your favourite artists/producers to work with so far?

Artist: Marcques, Miles, Tehn.

Producers: Verseless, Chiweddar, ManuChie.

Which artists/producers would you like to work with in the future and why?

Artist: Chris Brown, Tory Lanez, Lil Durk, Capella Grey.

Producers: Dummerboy, Brian Soko, DJ Khaled.

They have their own lane in terms of the creativity of their sound and visuals which are outside the box.

Where in the world would you like to perform?

Rue - Zimbabwean artist
Rue

Academy Awards after winning a Grammy meaning I’ve succeeded as an artist.

What can’t you live without?

My family if it’s not for them what’s the point.

What is the biggest lesson that you have learnt in your career so far?   

Be very careful who you associate and trust with your career not everyone who comes to you is genuine and has you succeeding at heart. Keep your team small and everything else will fall into place.

How can people access your music or get in touch with you?

Social Media:

Twitter: www.twitter.com/thisissrue

Facebook: www.facebook.com/thisissrue

Instagram: www.instagram.com/thisissrue

Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/thisissrue

Apple, Spotify, Boomplay and more: Thisissrue

How would you like to be remembered?

That I made someone smile and helped them get through whatever difficulties they faced in life through my music.

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