LOS ANGELES-BASED Zimbabwean musician and songwriter Shingai Manhambara says he is planning to work with Hollywood artistes like Kanye West and Pharell Williams in his career.
Manhambara, who is affectionately known as Vaeso, is following in Zimbabwean-born Brian Shoko’s footsteps. “Shoko has produced Beyonce’s song Drunk in studios and places and seen the wonders of beats they make, which would make big prominent international producers green with envy,” he said.
Manhambara said the dream can be achieved with courage and determination.
He said he did not only have one role model in his life but different people who inspire him in different situations. “With music, you have the power to control the world. I don’t necessarily have one role model but I have a lot of people who I look up to,” Vaeso said.
He said his passion to be a producer started at the age of 16 “I used to create poems at school, reciting them for friends at break times. I am not new to our local industry as in 2009 I made headlines with the song Moochie featuring Black Fin, Dr Chaii and Sav Major. The song was played on radio and was a chorus to many hip-hop fanatics,” he said.
“Locally, there is frustration on who do you know. It is a high mountain to climb when it comes to networking with musicians. You hear them on radio and when you approach them they sometimes develop cold feet.
“Internationally it is all about networking. If you are well connected chances of success are high. I also urge stakeholders to support and chip in when it comes to music production, because quality puts us on the map. Nigerians are now known for good music and movies . . . we are almost the same,” he said.