SOUTH Africa-based Zimbabwean songbird Sha Sha says she’s single out of her desire to stay away from dramas and scandals associated with relationships involving celebrities and their better halves.
The BET-award winner is back home for the first time since she made international news headlines with her music award, and took the time to soak up the love from her local fans although she admits that her South African fans “lose their minds crying and screaming” for her, something Zimbabwean fans don’t exactly do.
“I don’t know how many times I have been asked that question (about her love life). I am single by choice. I feel like I’d have to be with someone who actually understands this industry so I wouldn’t want any unnecessary drama,” says Sha Sha, real name Charmaine Mapimbiro.
Voted one of Africa’s best for the BET 2020 Awards, the Mutare-bred vocal queen feels the Zimbabwean showbiz scene is yet to come of age.
“I feel like Zimbabwe is still growing and having to see what I’ve seen in South Africa, we need production companies, we need exposure and to have people who have made it in the diaspora to come and invest in the industry back home.
“I see myself in the future having a label, and I would love to have that here in Zimbabwe, it would be nice to have more people think like me and give back the things we see and learn that side.
“In South Africa it’s definitely crazy, I feel like it’s because of people in South Africa people idolise celebrities, they look up to them and its different from what happens in Zimbabwe. It’s a whole different reaction because in SA they lose their minds crying and screaming,” she says.
Although her rise to stardom appeared to many to have been an overnight thing, Charmaine has been in the game for long trying this and that, until she just hit the right chord early this year.
“… we started here in 2014, I was with Audius Mtawarira and Kush and we started here in Zim for three four years then it was a deliberate plan that we would move to SA to start growing and see what we can do abroad.
“We crossed over and collaborated with producers because that was our main plan. Then it just took off from there.
“I would say I somewhat still have my privacy, I was never really outgoing, and my life isn’t really out there. The transition took me a minute because I still thought I could go to the mall, then one day it was just a flash and I couldn’t go to the mall alone, I have to wear a mask and hide.
“I took it day by day because generally I was always a shy person always in my shell and having to have that type of fame was a lot for me but my family and my spirituality helped me to adjust properly into that situation,” she says.
Sha Sha counts legendary chimurenga music Thomas Mapfumo and the late national hero and Afrojazz legend Oliver Mtukudzi among her inspirations. It’s quite odd for the Amapiano sensation, but she explains that her parents had an influence over her earlier music choices.
“Oliver Mtukudzi inspires me because you know, tichikura pataienda kumusha, that was the music we would listen to going to Chimanimani and also Thomas Mapfumo, although my dad forced them on me, I caught onto it and seeing his accomplishes, internationally, he is praised and I was just like this is definitely something to be inspired by and look up to.”
Last year, Sha Sha debut elongated play (EP) called Blossom and featured on numerous December hit single such as Akulaleki by Samthing Soweto, Nge Thanda Wena by Mlindo The Vocalist and Scorpion Kings’ song We Mama.
Since she’s now back home in Zimbabwe, Sha Sha won’t miss a moment to catch up with her buddies in the hood in Manicaland, where it all began for her.
“Sometime this week I’m actually going to Mutare and we will be meeting people out there I really want to work on coming back home a little bit more because I feel like people this side feel like I’m not accessible so I want to get to speak to my people and get to know them, see where I can reach out and assist in any way that I can.
“I’m feeling great, I’m feeling amazing I’m happy to be home I’m feeling good, I’m in good spirits.” – Zimbabwe Voice ■