The Sunday News
Samantha Munyurwa , Sunday life reporter
Mimmz (Jah-holie) is determined that nothing stops her on her journey towards superstardom, and this has not been more evident than when she recently released her new single track entitled Kukaracha, a love track.
The Bulawayo-based dancehall artiste, real name, Michelle Mugovewashe Shumba was born on 24 of January 1996 at Msume hospital in Mberengwa and grew up in Bulawayo. She did her primary education at Coghlan Primary School in Bulawayo andsecondary education at Dadaya high school in Zvishavane where she realised her talent.
“I’m the first born out of five and was raised by a single parent. I started music as a kid but entered the industry in 2008.’’
The musician explained how the journey was not adorable to her as a female artist, but despite the challenge that came her way, she has managed to create a name for herself.
“The journey has been tough. I have faced a lot of challenges including being neglected and at times some men want sexual favours for them to support your dream. My family would be scared that I would end up being used by the patriarchal society in order for me to fit in and end up being exposed to a lot of bad things that affect musicians, especially female artistes who are trying to make it.’’
The queen of dance in Bulawayo wishes to keep pushing and taking part in shows that will come in the near future.
“The greatest show I have ever done was the opening of Redox now known as BAC (club). I got the chance to perform live with big artistes from Jamaica, the likes of mega Banton and Turbulence, Northlands Ras Mannex, and Episode from Ghana.
“The person who inspires me is me. Why? Because I have been to hell and been facing every pain. I healed through singing, most of my music is what I go through or face in life. I’m not much on an open book but I speak, breathe, eat, and survive through music. It uplifts me for a better tomorrow.’’