In Conversation with: Tina Masawi

Tina Masawi - singer

Tina Masawi is a singer by profession, born and raised in Harare, Zimbabwe and now based in Spain.

Where did your love for music come from?

I think I loved music from birth and my parents do too, they listened to SO much good music when I was growing up.

Who are your music influences?

I have too many to even mention. Mostly all the ones I grew up listening to in my home, from Jimi Hendrix to Aretha, Aaliyah, UB40, Tracy Chapman, to name a few.

How would you describe your style of music?

It’s pretty versatile. It’s a melange of styles put together and reinterpreted by me I would say. I sing anything that speaks to me but with a blues/rnb/afro vibe.

What do you hope people will get from listening to your music?

I just hope people can relate to it!

How do you know when a track you have made has that, ‘thing’?

When I play it for my brothers and they love it, they are my biggest critics.

Tina Masawi - artist

What inspired your latest song, Confidence?

It was something that I wanted to hear at the time, so I figured I would make some positive affirmations into a song! Reverb7 made such a dope beat so that’s what came through to me.

When is your EP coming and what type of songs can we expect?

The E.P will be ready in July if all goes well, and you can expect some afro beats and rnb old school vibes.

Who have been your favourite people to work with?

Reverb7, Simba Tagz and I worked with YoungNash once, that was dope.

Who else would you like to work with?

Spirit Fingers and Dj Tamuka.

How are you keeping yourself busy during the lockdown?

I am getting creative; practising my bass guitar, playing with my camera, cooking a LOT and a bit of exercise here and there. I am also taking my vitamins and of course practising total social distancing.

Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give to your younger self?

I would tell myself that tomorrow is another day and it’s always a new opportunity to start from scratch.

How would you like to be remembered?

For making people laugh, being a good friend and for my music as well.

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