Video: Arjan Chats with Tinashé
Zimbabwe born and London based singer Tinashé is one of the most exciting new talents to emerge on the British pop scene this year. The singer combines compelling storytelling with distinct, joyful melodies that are infused with invigorating African rhythms that are a fitting reflection of his musical roots.
Late last month, he released his new single "Zambezi" that is a tastemaker for his debut album, titled "Saved," that will drop in August.
Tinashé and I recently caught up via video phone. He spoke at length about his move from Zimbabwe to London, and how he got involved in music. He also explains the story behind "Zambezi" that is a lot more personal than initially may appear.
Make sure to scroll to the 10:00 minute mark to see Tinashé demonstrate a mbira, a traditional Zimbabwean instrument with a dream-like sound that he uses in his live shows. Very cool. Thanks for such a fun chat Tinashé. See you on this side of the pond very soon! Watch the video for Tinashé's "Zambezi" after the jump.
Watch Tinashe "Zambezi"
I shared the Fool's Gold remix of Tinashe's new single "Zambezi" with you earlier this week and Island Records premiered the tropical video for the radio edit of the track on YouTube today. Watch and listen. Tinashe is a very special and unique new talent to keep your eye on. "Zambezi" is the title track of his new digital EP that will be released in the U.K. next month.
Staying true to his roots, Tinashe successfully blends contemporary pop with invigorating African rhythms and compelling storytelling that is unlike anything else you'd hear in the pop charts. "Zambezi" is a great example of that. The lush, warming undertones of the song create a sharp contrast with its serious lyrics about a doomed relationship using the war for Zimbabwe’s liberation from Rhodesia as a backdrop.
Tinashe speaks from the heart, being a refugee who came to the U.K. when he was a child to escape the misery of war. That situation is a harsh reminder that children are always the silence victims of war. If you can, consider supporting the work of War Child that helps children cope with the devastating consequences of war through music, play and sports. Making a positive change in the life of a child has a lasting impact on their country and community.