This week we take an exciting journey into the melodious and colorful world of a Spain-based Zimbabwean singer and performer. Our Person of the Week is a triple-threat who dazzles the world with singing, acting, and modeling.
Tina Masawi is a versatile performer who hails from Harare, the Sunshine City. The entertainer has since taken her talents to the sunny shores of Spain, where she continues to share the gift of music with her ever-growing fan base.
Tina Masawi has over a decade’s experience in the entertainment sector, having started off her theatrical career at Reps Theatre and 7Arts, participating in many musical plays.
Her career has never looked back since, as she has grown in leaps and bounds to even grace the world-famous Teatro Royale and the Gran Teatro Liceu in Spain, backed by a 60 piece orchestra. Exceptional achievements from the homegrown talent!
The opportunity, which she describes as a phenomenal experience comes on the back of recent highs for the golden-voiced singer. Her song titled Old School Love has been getting a lot of positive reviews and love from music lovers.
“Wow, Old School Love has exceeded my expectations! I was so happy that people loved the song. I am continually humbled by everyone who shows me support so, if you are one of those beautiful people reading this, thank you so much. It means the world to me,” said Tina of her hit song.
In the song, Tina takes listeners and viewers on a nostalgic experience to the golden days of classic RnB and hip-hop fusions as she sings to her love interest in the video.
Driven by her smooth vocals over a laidback RnB sound fused with a groovy bassline beat, the song is well complemented by the video’s aesthetics.The video is a follow-up visual to the earlier release for Secret, which ended on a cliffhanger. Tina and her love interest’s paths crossed by chance, but nothing came of their interaction, with the video ending on a ‘to be continued’ note. Old School Love picks up the story as we see the two now going on a date.
The singer’s vocal range, stage presence, and overall artistry speak of a deep-rooted background in the arts that is evident in her current works.
“My parents had the best taste in music, and my mom loved to sing. I grew up listening to a wide range of genres, from UB40 to Jimi Hendrix to Fleetwood Mac to Aretha, to Aaliyah. I have lived music for as long as I can remember. I remember my very first professional singing gig. It was the Musical Theatre production of Killer Queen: We Will Rock You at 7arts Theatre,” said Tina.
“After that, I joined several bands, most notably Jazz Invitation. We performed and toured together for about 3 years until I moved to Spain, where I am now based. I was so fortunate to meet a lot of amazingly talented people to equip me with the knowledge I needed and to always cheer me on,” she said.
Once Tina had unleashed her potential in the music circles, the breakthrough was not long in coming as she released several singles through Showtime Records.
She recalls the period as a time when her musical profile “popped off” after initially struggling to make her mark as a recording artist, despite her theatrical circuit achievements.
“I started young and, it was a lot of fun, but it has been difficult for me to really break into the market as a recording artist. I can, however, be grateful that I have lived from performing for the last decade. It has fully sustained me, even though I had to also work at least 4 other jobs while studying to be able to earn some money back home, which is why I had to leave,” she said.
“However, a defining career moment was when Courtney and I were asked to sing at Tuku’s first tribute concert, sharing the stage with some of the greatest of the region. That was definitely a career highlight along with the recent performances at the Teatro Royale and Teatro Gran Liceu.”
The year 2020 has been a very testing year that has required people to adapt to temporary as well as new normals but, Tina’s star has not dimmed on the musical front. The singer says she has used the time to reflect on things as well as polish up her upcoming projects.
“This year has largely been a learning curve and a time for growth as an artist. It gave me a chance to define my brand a little bit more and collaborate with other industry professionals. Overall it has been great! My upcoming E.P has been something I have been focusing on and can’t wait to share with everyone. Of course, we hit a few bumps in the road, putting it all together due to the pandemic but, it will be out before the end of this year, so keep an eye out for it,” she promised.
Tina also expressed her gratitude to the team that she has worked with all her career. The list includes the Showtime Records crew as well as choreographer John Cole, Simon Chitekeshe, videographer Chris Shoca, Fungai Nengare, and Sway. At the moment, her music has taken center stage and, she has cooled off a bit on her other interests.
“Currently, I am mainly focusing on just music! However, I do have a modeling contract. I do that part-time because I love to play dress-up but, I have dedicated most of my time and effort to music,” said Tina.
“I also just want to thank everyone for supporting our music. I wouldn’t say I have “fans” yet but, I swear there are people that never miss a concert. They buy, share, and stream my music as well as consistently sending me words of encouragement online. It brings me more joy than they know and, I cannot wait to share new material with them as the journey continues,” she added.
Music speaks to the soul and Tina Masawi is one of the country’s musical gems to watch as they mark their mark in the world. We can only wait with bated breath to see what comes next from the crooner. In the meantime, we can only content ourselves with reminiscing on that old school love which she dreamily sang about on her song.
You can access some of her music here: Old School Love https://youtu.be/49902ajkj5E