Up-close with Tariro NeGitare

ACOUSTIC guitarist Tariro NeGitare is a bundle of talent and energy having performed and has shared the stage with household names such as Stella Chiweshe, Victor Kunonga, the late Chiwoniso Maraire, Dudu Manhenga, Oliver Mtukudzi, Alick Macheso and Zahara among many others.
Her hit-song Uripi has been constantly played on local radio and proved to be a favourite of many.
The WeekendPost’s Sharon Muguwu spoke to the musician and below are some excerpts from the interview.
Q: Who is Tariro neGitare?
A: Tariro neGitare is a creative entrepreneur and musician.
Q: How old are you?
A: I am 30 years old.
Q: How did you get into music?
A: I learnt how to play the guitar while in high school. I then developed the gift through the church at Roman Catholic Mabelreign where I played in the English choir. Professionally, I started off at the Sistaz Open Mic platform where I met Edith weUtonga who ushered me in the industry by making me part of her band. The rest is history.
Q: What inspired the stage name?
A: I suppose it’s self-explanatory. The name explains exactly who I am. I am Tariro ‘anoridza gitare’. I always wanted to be associated with the guitar as that is what has brought prominence to my repertoire.
What makes me unique is not only that I can sing, but it’s the fact that I can sing and play the guitar. I therefore felt the need to constantly make reference to both and it has proven to be quite catchy.
Q: What kind of music do you play and what inspires your message?
A: I play a genre called afro-soul which is a fusion of indigenous African vibes and soul elements. I am inspired by everything around me, experiences I go through as well as of those around me.
The core of my message is centred on my purpose which is bringing hope in every situation.
Q: How many albums do you have?
A: I have two albums to date. The first is a self-titled 10-track album produced by David Sengwayo. My latest offering is called Chipo Changu which is a 13-track album produced by Steve Dyer in South Africa.
Q: What is your greatest/fondest memory of being in music?
A: I have so many of those these days, but my fondest memory to date has got to be my first international tour experience with the band Jamaram in Germany a few years back.
We had over 20 shows in three weeks in different cities.
It was an exciting challenge, a lot of work, but that set the bar high for my musical career and literally gave me the road map with regards to how to position myself as an international brand.
Q: In which countries have you performed?
A: I have toured Nigeria, Ghana, US and Europe.
I am excited with where the gift is taking me and the vast opportunities that keep presenting themselves to allow me to see the world.
Q: What would you want to see improved in the music industry?
A: Our industry needs structures, or at least implementation of those that are there.  There are great things happening in small pockets but there is no correlation.
Systems need to be set up to ensure that these efforts do not go to waste and that those in the industry can reap financial benefits from their efforts.
The arts industry has multiple potential sources of revenue generation and with the right support through collaboration with other industries this can easily be achieved. However, this can only be done when the industry players organise themselves on the level of other providers of goods and services.
Q: How does your family feel about your career choice?
A: My family is very supportive sometimes more than necessary!
I am blessed to have parents and siblings who recognised my gifting form an early age and nurtured my confidence because that has allowed me to step out whether it was with the guitar or not.
Growing up with three older brothers and a little sister has also neutralised the gender gap and this has made every opportunity accessible to me.
Q: Are you married/in a relationship/ have a family?
A: I have a beautiful nine-year-old daughter.

Post a comment