REFRESHING SOUNDS - Focus on Bulawayo's Helen, Who's Determined To Break Boundaries

 By Tawanda Chari

From the city of Kings and Queens, Helen is on a lifelong trajectory that includes potentially being one of the best singers we have. To go with her amazing command of her voice is her incredible beat selection. Depressed, the first single off her upcoming debut album, Galaxy, is already out. The track has a warm feel to it despite addressing one of the saddest subjects prevalent now.

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Tadiwa Helen Nyati, simply known as Helen

Galaxy, the name of her album, implies different stars. She says the album will be abstract and a fusion of different genres ergo the title Galaxy

We got through to her and this is what she had to say:

ZimSphere: What is your creative process like?

Helen: The more l listen to music is the more l get to be creative. How l decide what my next song will be like is look at what people face on a daily basis or my feelings, then l get something to write and sing about. So at the end of the day it's all about real life issues and of course thoughts and fantasies.

ZimSphere: Who would you most like to collaborate with?

Helen: Internationally, it would be Burna Boy & Ella Mai. Locally, it would be Tamy Moyo.

ZimSphere: If you could go open a show for any artist who would it be?

Helen: Jennifer Lopez. She is my role model.

ZimSphere: What is one message you would give to your fans?

Helen: Word of advice - It all starts with you, your voice, and be humble. Launch your music on the right note & the music will be the soul of your career.

ZimSphere: How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?

Helen: The internet is very useful considering people can check out your work online, but music wise people don't have to just post music online & end there. We need to do live shows and not only rely on the internet.

ZimSphere: What is your favourite song to perform? And why?

Helen: W.Y.M.G.Y(What your mama gave ya). Because it has got a dope vibe. People won't feel sleepy or bored when you perform something they can sing along and dance to.

ZimSphere: What is the most trouble you have gotten into?

Helen: You mean challenge - well when l started doing music - it was hard to get to book for studio sessions because l wasn't stable financially.

ZimSphere: What is the best advice you’ve been given?

Helen: Be humble and believe in yourself. That is the best advice l got when l first entered Cal Vin's studio.

ZimSphere: If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?

Helen: Tribalism! It would be nice if people could support each other not choosing race, but just treating everyone equally. Not supporting one because he/she is Shona but supporting because their work is good and worth it.

ZimSphere: Finally, the entertainment industry is sometimes brutal to women. How do you cope and what do you think should be done?

Helen: The entertainment industry can be brutal to us women but well, l was told to stand my ground and believe in myself. l can fit in, l fit in as a lady. No one said the entertainment industry was for men. Men should start respecting women in the industry. Treat us equally. Let us be one.

You can also get Rich Love by Helen Nyathi here.

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