Rising dancehall queen, Sandra Gazi, known in the entertainment circles as Lady Squanda, turns 21 today. The singer will have a birthday treat for her fans, who will also have an opportunity to join her for a musical concert at the Chitungwiza Aquatic Complex tomorrow. The dancehall lady sensation said she would take this platform to perform songs from her fourth coming album.
"I am happy I just turned 21 today. I am calling for my fans and all dancehall lovers to come in numbers and join me to celebrate my birthday in style. I will be performing some of my songs from my new 10 track album that I will also be releasing in a few weeks as a present for my fans," said the Chitungwiza born chanter.
Squanda's bash is a brainchild of Chipaz Promotions and Jazz 105 in conjunction with Radics Entertainment. Dancehall Doctor Freeman, Guspy Warrior, Dadza D, Ricky Fire and Lady Bee, among others, will join Lady Squanda in celebrating her birthday.
South African based urban groove Enock "Nox" Guni of the "Ndinonyara" fame is also expected to grace the occasion.
Lady Squanda, who ventured into the musical scene in 2008 with her popular song "Neshungu" which featured Freeman, is among several artistes who have taken dancehall to another level in the last few years.
Her song "Rudo" is currently rocking national radio, earning accolades as one of the most sought after female dancehall artiste.
Squanda has taken ghetto youths by storm and her songs like "Sadza Rangu", "Holy Ghost Fire", "Tiri Two", "I Like Dat" and "Chamba ne Bronko", among others, can be heard booming in public transport, shops and the high density suburbs.
Some of the tracks contained on her album include "Mari", "Malaika", "Maghetto Youths", "Officer Siya Hwindi" and "Vimba Neni" which also features her husband, DJ Eazy Stayera.
The 20-year-old musician has proved herself worthy of the dancehall queen title. When she performed as one of the curtain raisers for Agent Sasco's show in Harare, she stood above most of her male counterparts.
Gazi was born and raised in Chitungwiza, a place known for breeding top reggae artistes like Emmanuel "Guspy Warrior" Manyeruke, Dadza D, Ricky Fire and Lady B, among others.
Lady Squanda said she did not take long to kiss the limelight because she is good at what she does. She has managed to fight off the the prejudice that women cannot be stars in their own right when it comes to Zim dancehall were there are a few women. Most young ladies only feature on collaborations and rarely become credible artistes like what Squanda has done. Recently she trounced Badman in the tune for tune concert that was held at Harare Gardens.
Lady Squanda has rubbed shoulders with celebrated international artistes who include David Constantine Brooks a.k.a. Mavado, Agent Sasco and on December 7 she will be the curtain raiser at the reggae-dancehall clash which will see King Shango appearing at City Sports Centre.