Today I just felt I had to share with you, my favorite artist. Her name is Tariro Negitare.Tariro Negitare is a singer who when she sings you can hear that it’s coming from an unfiltered honesty and purity. The songs that she writes go deep exposing life’s hardships and painful experiences. The music takes you places; it evokes long lost memories whilst instilling empathy.
Tariro has two albums to date, much to the excitement of his already sizeable army of fans. These albums have catapulted her to instant success and fame, this has been as a result of how these albums have brought exciting, newfangled sound that the public had not experienced before.
The development of her unique style is the result of a lifetime of musical influence. From an early age, she became surrounded by different forms of music and musicians. At junior school, she was a part of the choir, a trend she carried on into high school. It is during her high school days at St John’s High School that she, under the influence of a friend attended an open mic session at Book Café. It is at this session that she met the incredible Edith WeUtonga becoming part of her band.
Her first foray into learning an instrument came when she joined Edith WeUtonga’s band as a guitarist. She continued to refine her guitar playing skills till the time she decided to take a solo career, the time at which she decided her musical name had to include the word ‘guitar’ hence the name Tariro Negitare loosely translated to Tariro and the guitar.
Tariro’s musical journey has rapidly grown in a little space of time since she started. Tariro has held concerts in Germany, the US, Nigeria, Ghana, Tanzania and South Africa. She has partnered with two German bands namely the Jamaram and Favo. She has also performed with renowned artists among them Zimbabwe’s Oliver Mtukudzi and South Africa’s Ladysmith Black Mambazo. These collaborations with some of Africa’s greatest artists have all had a profound influence on the direction her musical journey has taken.
Tariro’s afro-soul music has made her develop a loyal following across the African continent. Her songs provide a combination of her exciting guitar playing and mellow vocals, punctuated throughout with elements of reggae, hip-hop, punk, jazz, pop and R&B. She has become a popular local hit in many African musical scenes. Her talent in playing the guitar has only added to her appealing nature, and her unique sound found an appreciative audience.
Tariro’s touring schedule is increasing relentlessly, and she is finding herself more in demand than ever in venues across Europe and Africa. It seems that these two continents are building an appreciation for her sound and talent, and her loyal army of fans spread far and wide across the globe can’t get enough of her.
Apart from music Tariro is a mother to a beautiful nine-year-old girl. She is also a graduate of Sociology and Gender Studies from the Women’s University in Africa. She has a diploma in Personnel Management that she obtained from the Institute of Personnel Management Zimbabwe. In an effort to help nurture new artists, Tariro through her company Wildfire Events in collaboration with the Zimbabwe German Society conduct music and poetry event annually dubbed the Wildfire Acoustic Night where emerging talents take to the stage in the presence of various media and music professionals.