Sha Sha, real name Charmaine Mapimbiro started her music career back at home in Zimbabwe when she started performing at different festivals!mapiano Queen,
Her biggest break was when she had her own show at the Harare International Festiva of the Arts, also known as HIFA.
She revealed all these details on Thursday during an interview with MacG’s Podcast and Chill.
Talking about her hit song Tender Love, she said that everyone goes through relationships, heartbreaks, and all that drama.
“So I usually take some of the energy from my past experiences and put them in my songs,” said Sha Sha.
When she was asked if Tender Love was about someone she said “maybe”.
She refused to share details of who she was talking about when she wrote the song Tender Love but she admitted it was not a famous person, alluding to the fact that she’s single now.
MacG said that he didn’t see any better song from 2019 besides Tender Love, but Sha Sha said for her it was Umlilo by DJ Zinhle.
Sha Sha said that Tender Love came about when she saw Kabza de Small at Porry’s house in the studio doing a beat.
“He (Kabza) put like these really hot string cords, like emotional cords. what really took me was the cords, I was like this thing is the one. Let me jump on it and then I just wrote what I wrote,” Sha Sha explains.
Sha Sha said that love for her was deeper… “for me, it’s been my drive, my savior, it’s been my everything… Hence why, most of my music really is from a place of love.”
Sha Sha was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.
“I was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, stayed there for a bit… and I moved to Muthade and then Harare. I think most of my years were in Muthare hence I always say I am from Mathare and my dad is from Mathare…
From Harare, she started working towards moving to South Africa for her musical career.
At some point, when she was still in her home country, music was still a hobby and, she was busy going around local hospitals dropping CVs.
She was conflicted:
“From there I was conflicted, academics? Nursing or music? They (my parents) were going crazy and like if you go and do this music thing you’re not part of this family… You’ll figure out your life by yourself. I was like, actually, it’s fine I am doing this thing.
She described herself as a very bold and brave person which resulted in her taking a leap towards her musical career and moving to South Africa.
“I went to Harare, stayed with my aunt, started pushing from a receptionist, a waiter… You also want to make sure that you keep up with everything and also pushing the career… in the beginning, you know.. you start doing free gigs trying to get your name out there…
Moments the music was not working out:
She admitted to having a lot of moments that the music thing was not working out but it was like, “I have already made the move and I have already made a decision. It was like going back? No, I ain’t doing it.
Sha Sha said two years into it (music) she started getting gigs and her biggest break was when she had a show at the Harare International Festival of the Arts, also known as HIFA.
She said some of the artists from Zimbabwe that made it big in South Africa were Jah Prayzah and Ammara Brown to name just a few.
“Oh, wait! How can I forget Oliver Mtukudzi,” she recalled.
Sha Sha’s stay in SA:
She said she once stayed in South Africa when she was younger and she was always in and out of the country,
She did grade 6, 7 and 8 in the Vaal and then she back to Zimbabwe.
Meeting Lawd Porry:
“I started to work with different producers from here and in the mix of that I met Maphorisa. Maphorisa, for me I call it grace. I met him through my cab driver. I remember that evening, I was actually supposed to… Someone was supposed to wait for me at the airport. I think it was one of my cousins but I think they got caught up somewhere,” explained Sha Sha.
She said one of her friends was in the same plane and they used the same cab.
The cab driver asked her if she was doing music and told her that he knows Maphorisa.
“‘ I know him, I’ve transported him a couple of times’ so he’s like yeah we can just go and meet him at some point… I’m like really, I do know Maphorisa, of course, I know who Maphorisa is.. I was just like are you sure? You are not joking right. One evening we go out there.
“I remember playing Maphorisa one of my ballads, like the voice and keys. He was blown away… and he was like ‘you’re dope, we can keep on working’ from there we just continued working. That was in 2017,” shared Sha Sha.
From that cab driver spark she met the likes of Mlindo The Vocalist and Don Laka, as they say, the rest was history.
Sha Sha said that she went back to the cab driver and thanked him.
“He’s almost like a dad to me, to be honest. He always calls me, he checks up on me. He’s like ‘are you okay my daughter’ he’s also a fellow Zimbabwean from home,” said Sha Sha.
She acknowledged that DJ Maphorisa has an ear for hits.
Watch the full interview below:
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