She has been called the Queen of Amapiano for a while and has been proving to be a worthy recipient of the moniker over time. She was born Charmaine Shamiso Mapindiro but her popular moniker means champion in the Shona language and our Person of the Week has shown everyone the reason why.
Shasha’s star has never shone so brighter than at present moment, with the SA-based music star winning the 2020 Viewers Choice: BET Best New International Act award. History was made and her legacy well cemented with the history making win in which she edged out competition from Nigeria’s Rema, UK’s Celeste, Young T & Bugsey as well as the duo from France; Hatik and Stacy.
The BET feat is a pioneering feat by the Mutare-born songstress as she became the first Zimbabwean to win the prestigious award and her fans went onto cloud 9. The songstress paid homage to all her team and hailed the massive support she got from her followers Zimbabwe, South Africa and beyond and promised to drop a new album soon.
ShaSha’s professional music journey reportedly kicked off in 2017 under the tutelage of veteran artist and producer Audius Mtawara and the duo worked on a plan to take her precocious talent international.
The singer is proud of her roots and famously penned the song Mutare as tribute to her beloved home city. Her chain of hit songs is solidly backed by some explosive collaborations with stars such as Mlindo, DJ Maphorisa, Kabza de Small and Samthing Soweto.
Her claim to fame reads like an incredible script as she got discovered after a friend took her music to one of the local radio stations which later on led to her linking up with Mtawarira and Brian Soko. ShaSha’s entry into the South African market came through hard work and the big break finally arrived in somewhat fortuitous circumstances after her cab driver got her music to DJ Maphorisa. What followed after is history as the Blossom hitmaker went on to be one of the leading stars in the country.
“My career started taking off in 2017. Audius and I were looking to break outside of Zimbabwe, so we partnered with Brian Soko who helped us connect with South African producers. We then travelled to SA where I worked with a few producers and rappers, such as Priddy Ugly and Rouge, who featured me on their albums. During this time, I also met DJ Maphorisa through my cab driver. I played him one of my ballads, and he liked it. So, we started working together. Through him, I was able to collaborate with Mlindo the Vocalist on Nge Thanda Wena and jazz legend Don Laka. From this point, my career started to pick up,” she said in an interview with BONA.
Over the years ShaSha has performed at various festivals and concerts and at one time shared the stage with late veteran Oliver Mtukudzi at the Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA). She further solidified her rising reputation and has never looked back since and the future seems to hold more remarkable milestones for the singer.