Zimbabwe: Stacy Macheso Eyes Global Stage

Stacy Tendai Macheso, a rising Afro-pop musician and daughter of celebrated sungura legend Alick Macheso, is dreaming of becoming an international star and is putting all the stops to make this dream a reality.

The young songstress, who recently released her second single titled Amai with an accompanying video, told Standard Style that music is her passion and is working on becoming a professional musician with followers across the globe.

"I am really passionate about music and I don't see myself doing anything else," she said.

"It's a part of my everyday life and I am working flat out to become an international star.

"I have two singles to my name: Ingozi, which was released in 2020 and Amai, which I released last week with an accompanying video available on YouTube.

"The market is really supporting me and I am happy with the progress I am making."

The song Amai preaches forgiveness between an errant child and her mother so that life can go on and parental blessings are enjoyed.

"The song Amai is an affirmation of the important role of our parents in life and in this case the mother," she said.

"It talks about an errant child who takes her mother for granted, but when life treats her otherwise she comes to her senses and asks for forgiveness so that she can enjoy her blessings.

"The take-home in the song is that we must value our parents at every stage in life."

Stacy is happy with the hits she is making with her music and is looking to surpass the standard set with her first single.

"My first single Ingozi heralded my entry into the music industry and I am happy that it's on almost 200 000 views on YouTube with limited marketing," she said.

"My hope is to reach a million views with Amai and go on to release a full album to cement my presence.

"I am really thankful for the love and support and we are on a massive marketing campaign to grow our reach."

The young songstress also hinted at professional management to her music career complete with meaningful presence online.

"Music is business and I am going all out to ensure a successful and rewarding music career," she said.

"I am, therefore, working on professional management of my brand with meaningful online presence and adequate access to my music across platforms. I am very confident and positive about this journey."

Of possible collaborations with her father, Stacy said the possibilities were too many and something could be in the pipeline.

"I have heard requests for a collaboration with my father and I hope that something of that sort comes up," she said.

"I am into Afro-pop and he is into sungura, but music is music.

"I hope to have a collaboration with him in my next project, which I intend to have as a full album."

Stacy, who is a good mbira player and is learning how to play the acoustic guitar on rhythm, said she was hoping to be a complete musician and voice on issues affecting the community.

"I don't want to be an ordinary musician. I want to be an artiste who radiates positively influences change in our communities," she said.

"Like my father has done with various brands and organisations such as the Red Cross, I want to stand for the right and champion positive change in my community.

"Things like sexual abuse, gender-based violence and drug abuse must be challenged from all angles and as a student I know that this is important."

The young Macheso draws a lot of inspiration from her father's work ethic and would want that attribute in her career.

"My father is a hardworking musician and when you see him in the studio or on stage you can tell the that he means business," Stacy said.

"I want that kind of attitude in my music career and I hope to even surpass the standards he set for us."

Stacy joins the mainstream music industry when there is a lot of uncertainty given the Covid-19-induced limitations and it is hoped that she employs the right strategies to stay afloat and relevant.

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