Tinashé is a young artist but not a newcomer. Born in Harare and raised in London, he released his first LP “Saved” in 2008. He counts Jimi Hendrix, Prince and A Tribe called Quest to some of his influences.
Asked about his African upbringing and how it influenced his songs on “Saved” and especially “Zambezi“, he had this to say:
“I tried to be very careful with that. I’m very conscious of my African roots, I want people in Zimbabwe to be proud of it. I hope what I am doing can be a constant reminder to people in the outside world that Africa is not a place with evil people and stories.
At the same time, I don’t want to be a gimmick by exploiting where I’m from.
You correctly identified the African story in Zambezi. I wanted to tell a story, a story my mum told me, about fighting for freedom and being in love at the same time. There is a bit of percussion and groove but it’s ultimately just a pop record, I didn’t want to go overboard.
Tinashé *-* “Zambezi“