In a music industry that might seem to be so backward or struggling to catch up with international standards, the case remains the same that the industry has also proved that it can produce positive and scintillating quality music. This has been made possible by musicians and producers who have committed themselves to produce quality stuff.
The showbiz industry has a history of setbacks ranging from financial challenges, non-paying promoters to gig flops but it can be argued that the industry is making efforts to produce intense talents that have attracted both local and international audience.
Dr Tawanda of the “Unconquerable” fame is one of the many talented musicians who has proved that music is a journey which needs commitment. Celebrity Magazine caught up with Dr Tawanda and below is the full interview:
Q: Who is Dr Tawanda and is there a difference between Dr Tawanda and Tawanda Benson?
A: Dr Tawanda is an established artist and paramount music creator and producer based in Botswana. Dr Tawanda and Tawanda Benson are two different characters but one person meaning the other one is a Professional Doctor and the other one is the real person by birth.
Q: What got you into music?
A: I was led by the Holy Spirit to venture into music production and music journey at a go. God’s case.
Q: Who inspired you?
A: The eager to sing and to see myself behind the mic gave me power to love and pursue my talent and helped me to identify myself as well.
Q: How would you describe your sound?
A: My sound is Mega meaning it is daf daf plenty plenty and some Bass inside to enrich it as well. So my sound is Tawanda sound because it is me and created by me.
Q: What is your creative process like?
A: Its quiet unique in the sense that it’s a divine inspiration that only God understands how it works, so basically I find myself in the middle of an already processed creation.
Q: Who would you like to collaborate with?
A: I am open to any collaboration to anyone who is focused.
Q: Have you ever dealt with performance anxiety?
A: A lot especially when I would go to perform in a different country or in a big stadium.
Q: What are your favorite venues to perform in?
A: Stadiums and churches.
Q: What were you like as a kid has it always been music?
A: I was a vicious Karateka and ndairova (I was a fighter) too bad then gospel music yakazodzima moto (quenched the fire).
Q: Where did you grow up?
A: Born in Uganda then later came to Zimbabwe at the age of 12 till now.
Q: What did you want to be when you were a kid?
A: I wanted to be a lawyer because by that time they were paid nicely. And it had always been law even.with my A level subjects my target was law.
Q: What is your favorite song?
A: I don’t have a favorite song because all my songs are number 1.
Q: What musician would you rate as a perfect 10?
A: Fally Ipupa.
Q: What advice would you give to aspiring music produces?
A: I would advise them not to destroy nice music by doing bad works and please please
Don’t spoil sound if you don’t know its sound.
Q: Do you get used to being popularly known
A: Yes yes I am now used and it’s now my other life that I started living in 2003.
Q: You’ve been to different countries including South Africa. Do you speak any other languages?
A: Yes I speak 9 languages in my life. Shona, English, Setswana, Chewa, Suthu, Zulu, Lingala, Chinese and Afrikaans.
Q: What’s the most interesting thing you’ve read or seen this week?
A: This week I have seen myself losing weight and my muscles building up
Q: How would describe the music industry in Zimbabwe compared to the South African music industry what do we need to improve?
A: Zimbabwean music is still low compared to SA because in SA they don’t compromise on quality they mean business when it comes to sound. And South African artists are united they don’t have too much pride so ,Zimbabwean music can only get better if they drop Pride and stop doing music any how
Q: What would you like remembered about you?
A: I would like people to remember my good works and learn from my mistakes.
Q: What is one message you would give to your fans?
A: I love my fans because they make me realize who I am and what I am doing into the comments
Interview by Adrian Osborn Moyo ©️ 2020