UNKNOWN Zimbabwean born Kudakwashe Timbe, based in Texas, USA, is set to release a twelve-track R‘n’B debut album in January Independent Xt
ra has heard.
The 20-year-old who specialises in R‘n’B, hip-hop and country music told Independent Xtra this week that she is coming back home to launch her first album likely to be titled Edene next month.
She said she wanted to portray a good image of Zimbabwe and the rest of Africa.
“I would like to be part of the African renaissance,” said Timbe. “And show the world just how diverse and rich in culture Africa is when it comes to music. I hope my music will showcase this. Look at Columbian artiste, Shakira. She has managed to bring about a positive reflection of her country known generally for poverty, suffering and cocaine trafficking. I also want to put Zimbabwe on the global map and show the world what we are made of as a people.”
The coming on board in the music industry of Timbe will add to the cast of young musicians who through the less appreciated urban grooves genre, are battling to make a mark and earn recognition for their works. The young musician said the album is going to have 12 songs all of which are near recording completion. The nearest the Zimbabwe audience has heard her music was through her first single called Eight Steps, which is scarcely played on Power FM.
Apart from singing, Timbe also does her own compositions. Of her passion for music she said: “Music chose me. From as young as I can remember I would perform for my brothers and my cousins. I have always known this is what I wanted to do. Most of my songs are about love and encouragement. I hope to inspire people to reach for their dreams and to be good to one another.”
According to the young musician’s publicist, Timbe’s music is receiving airplay in Texas, Canada and New Zealand.
“In the fall of 2005 she completed a tour with Andy Brown and she was the opening act for Oliver Mtukudzi,” said the publicist.
Timbe said her immediate dream is: “To become the next best thing in music not only in Zimbabwe but the whole of Southern Africa.”
Only time will tell whether she has what it takes to reach the top. — Staff Writer.