Stewie Le Savage, born Stuart Chikuni on the 28th of April 1996, is an Afro-Tribal artist from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.
I am the last born in a family of 4, 3 boys and 1 girl. Ie was raised by a single mom. I prefer using Ngwenya as my last name though because I can relate easily with it, I was raised by uMaNgwenya.
Where did your name come from?
Stewie came from my first name Stuart then Le Savage came from Ngwenya like a crocodile.
When did you realise you wanted to be a singer?
I’ve always known I wanted to be an artist because growing up I used to love performing, dancing and singing. In primary school I was part of a drama club and when I was 10, doing my grade 5 I won first prize at a talent show. Basically, art has always been my first love. Though I only released my first single Voice of the Oppressed featuring Shuza Drums in 2018.
How would you describe your style of music?
It’s a fusion of Spoken word and Afro-Dance music like contemporary house music. I’m more of a poet than a vocalist so I blend my poetry with house music and deliver a unique sound.
How was it working on your first music video?
It was terrifyingly beautiful. I loved every bit of it though I was a bit scared of how it’ll come out but all thanks to the wonderful guys I was working with. They made everything easier for me. I worked with:
The videographer/Director: Brints Online
The Dancers: Mandy Mae, Lisa Chikerema and Kimoe Dynamix
Stylists: Lindo and Charmaine
What inspires your music?
Real life experiences. As a storyteller, I love telling stories that inspire and motivate young people to want to be more in life. I believe life is what you make it and I believe it’s my duty to motivate my peers.
Which artists would you like to work with in the future?
Jackie Queens, H.E.R, Nakhane, Wunmi, Black Motion, Black Coffee, Toshi, Angelique Kidjo, Janelle Monae and Asa.
What do you want people to get from listening to your music?
Motivation, I want them to know that they can be anything they want in the world. I want them to understand that their destiny lies in their own hands.
Who has been responsible in nurturing your music talent?
My producer Base Wasilewski, he has taught me a lot about both music and life. I owe my success to him.
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
“Focus on what makes you happy and the rest shall fall into place”, I got this advice from my mom.
What is the soundtrack to your life?
Blackbird by Nina Simone.
How would you like to be remembered?
As someone who fought for equality through art. As a change maker who sacrificed a lot to see the world happy.