By Vasco Chaya
Rising star Thamsanqa “Tamy” Moyo says she is using music to fight social injustice. Her childhood dream was to become a lawyer in order to deal with inequalities in society.
Somehow, she had a change of heart. Tamy realised that music was even more effective in advocating for social justice in society.
“I am so passionate about the politics of the day and my childhood dream was to become a lawyer. I wanted to advocate and fight against social injustice. However, I later realised that music can play a crucial role in advocating for social justice in the society,” the 21-year-old-Ndibereke singer said.
“Music is a universal language; it is not confined to a particular location but it cuts across national boundaries. Owing to this, I regard music as a powerful tool in championing social injustice and it is one of the most effective ways of sending a message.”
Tamy ventured into the music industry at the tender age of seven. She launched her first single at the age of 13.
Barely three years after launching her only studio album The 18th Rollercoaster the diminutive star has the world eating out of the palm of her hand.
Her influence is spreading across geographical boundaries like veld-fire thanks to Coca-Cola’s Coke Studio Africa project which linked her to other influential musicians from the continent.
She represented Zimbabwe well in Kenya during the Coke Studio Africa’s All Women Finale, a musical programme meant to commemorate International Women’s Day.
Owing to her influence in society, Tamy is being invited by several organisations to share her story and inspire other people.
“I have shared my story with different people. In the same vein, I also used the platforms to advocate for social justice,” she said.
Despite having one studio album under her belt, Tamy boasts over 10 nominations and gongs.
Some of her notable achievements include the Afrimas (All Africa Music Awards) nomination — Most Promising African Artist — and 2016’s National Arts Merit Awards (Nama) nomination.
This year, Tamy has two Nama nominations in outstanding music video and outstanding female musician categories.
Her music video Tekere from Tamy Moyo was nominated together with Jah Prayzah’s Dzamutsana and Tinomutenda Neyi by gospel sensation Janet Manyowa.
Under outstanding female musician category she is competing with Manyowa and Sandra Ndebele.
The Nama awards are scheduled for April 13 at the Harare International Conference Centre.
The multiple-award-winner has attributed her exceptionally big haul of honours to her parents and God.
“My Christian background, prayers, consistency, focus, perseverance, having the right support structure and knowing what I want to do in life all helped me to achieve the little that I have achieved so far,” she said.
“I also thank musicians who mentored me and these include the late Oliver Mtukudzi, Chiwoniso Maraire, Dudu Manhenga and Prudence Katomeni-Mbofana among others.”
As young as she is, Tamy whose popularity is growing with each day, believes in sharing her blessings with the needy.
Last year, she paid school fees for 25 less-privileged students drawn from different secondary schools in Harare.
The songbird relied on bursary during her school days hence the inspiration to play her part in assisting other disadvantaged children.
“My hope and wish is to inspire children of my age to be headstrong and determined to achieve whatever it is they put their minds to,” reads part of the statement.
“Furthermore, I encourage them to find a balance with life, school and following their dreams. I believe in giving back what God has blessed me with. It’s been a fruitful career so far hence it is always good to share this joy through empowering the next person.” DailyNews