Fitzgerald, Sinatra inspire me - Eve

The WeekendPost’s Sharon Muguwu caught up with jazz musician Eve Kawadza to find out what makes her tick among other issues.
She was selected to be one of the cultural ambassadors for the Francophone Festival in Zimbabwe 2015 and has performed at various platforms that include Africa Day Concert (2014), Hifa (2013, 2014), Chiwoniso Maraire Tribute (2014), Unplugged (2016) and others.
Q: Tell us more about Eve, how old are you and what is your full name?
A: My name is Everjoy Takudzwa Kawadza and I was born on August 12, 1988.
Q: When did you start music and how?
A: I started doing music professionally in 2011 working with the jazz outfit BlaQberry Jazz comprising of Zimbabwe’s finest pianists Filbert Marova and also talented bassist Tafadzwa Marova. Before that I would go for open mic sessions at the Book Café and perform as I gathered confidence.
Q: What do you think your listeners get out of your music?
A: I think they get encouragement and advice on societal issues with a twist of humour.
Q: Do you have other business interests apart from music?
A: Fashion is a field that I have  interests in. I love accessories so I am working on my accessories range which l believe will do well because l am working on some unique pieces which are very handy, affordable and a must-have for most women but I am not ready to reveal the range as yet.
Q: What is the most difficult thing you have had to endure in the industry?
A: As a musician, I have to endure many things in this life of artistic calling but the most difficult one has been very late nights and very early starts the following mornings. I like to sleep a lot but since choosing to go the professional way with music, I can’t afford to sleep as much as I would like because there is always a project to work on.
Q: What do you hope to do with your music?
A: I would also like my music to be used as soundtracks for film, locally regionally and internationally and I also hope it will help transform the world and have people live well with one another.
Q: How would you describe your own style? And what is your target audience?
A: It is a blend of diverse genres including blues, soul, funk, Zimbabwe traditional music styles and classical music with strong elements of jazz to create organic, home grown and original music.
Q: In what ways has your newest
music changed from when you first started?
A: Initially, I did more of traditional music styles but when I started working with BlaQberry Jazz, I developed a passion for jazz because I remember listening to a lot of Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra.
Q: How many albums/singles do you have?
A: Finally after a long time, I have released the single Garisanai and am currently working on my debut album.
Q: Are you married?
A: I am not yet married but I am in a
wonderful relationship and marriage is coming soon.
Q: What would be your dream venue in which to perform?
A: Apollo Theater in New York.
Q: How do you separate yourself from other artists?
A: I feel each and every one of us is unique in their own way and handle things their own way.
I am in music because I love it so much and I am in it to stay so when I do my work I just focus on the present time but am building a brand that will live on even when I am gone.
Q: Who influenced your style?
A: The music of Ella Fitzgerald.
Q: What are the main topics or themes for most of your songs? 
A: Hard work, money, and sometimes love.

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