The dawn­ing of the age of Aquarius

The Star Early Edition - - TONIGHTMUSIC - MUNYA VOMO

AT ABOUT 7pm last Wed­nes­day we’re rac­ing to the Coca-Cola Dome to catch the John Legend show. Thanks to the hit song All Of Me, most of the women in Gaut­eng are headed to the same venue so the traf­fic is hec­tic. We might ar­rive after Legend has started singing, but that is not my big­gest worry.

I have agreed to in­ter­view the new R&B sen­sa­tion Ti­nashe (Kach­ingwe), who will be call­ing at 7pm. Ini­tially, the Legend date was sup­posed to hap­pen at the week­end so it made sense to com­mit to the Ti­nashe in­ter­view mid­week. But now I have both on the same night and need to make it work.

At 7pm on the dot the phone rings with the +44 in­ter­na­tional di­alling code, and an English chap an­nounces that in a minute he’ll be con­nect­ing me to Ti­nashe. I have the iPod recorder ready, my ques­tions mem­o­rised and her mu­sic play­ing in the car. All cheesy, I know, but we all have our process.

When she says “hello”, ev­ery­thing else flows as if I am speak­ing to my neigh­bour. Hey Ti­nashe. We are off to see John Legend live right now. When is it go­ing to be your turn to come down here? I can’t wait to come to South Africa. It would be re­ally awe­some to come and per­form there some time. You are only 21 and you have re­leased three mix­tapes and an al­bum. How have you man­aged to get that right? I think my suc­cess comes from tun­nel vi­sion. I have had the same goals since for­ever so I never looked at any­thing else. I sac­ri­ficed a lot, like go­ing to nor­mal school and liv­ing with nor­mal friends. I have su­per high goals and over-the-top ex­pec­ta­tions for ev­ery­thing and I wanted the al­bum to come out a whole lot faster, but it def­i­nitely took me a whole lot longer than I thought. I am glad that I got it right in the end. You are in the UK as we speak. How have you been re­ceived there? They are show­ing me a lot of love out here and it is great to know that while I am so far away from home, peo­ple care about my mu­sic. On your de­but al­bum you come across as thor­ough. How long did it take you to com­plete it? It almost took me two years to com­plete the al­bum which was way longer than it did with my mix­tape. When I made my mix­tapes, it would usu­ally take me un­der a month to sort out, but this was dif­fer­ent. You have rap­pers like A$AP Rocky on it, among oth­ers. What sound were you pur­su­ing? It’s rooted in a place of R&B, although I put in other in­flu­ences, too. Things like hip hop, pop and even al­ter­na­tive mu­sic which all blend in well. The sub­ject mat­ter is just the stuff that I have been through as a young woman in the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try. I just try to write from my own per­spec­tive, and where I was when I was do­ing the project.

Is there still hope for R&B in 2014? I think we are get­ting there and R&B is go­ing to be on the main­stream once again. I love R&B and I think that there are a lot of amaz­ing R&B singers out there who are com­ing out right now so I think there is a great move­ment. Are you ready for in­ter­na­tional suc­cess and what it brings? I have to be ready for this as it is some­thing that I have been work­ing to­wards for as long as I can re­mem­ber. I am def­i­nitely ex­cited about the things that are com­ing in my life. I am look­ing for­ward to what is go­ing hap­pen next. I’ll take it as it comes, I guess.

Howdo you know when to stop tweak­ing a song? When I reach a point where I am com­fort­able with it. I am huge per­fec­tion­ist so I al­ways go back and rewrite it a mil­lion times un­til it feels right. You starred in a cou­ple of episodes of

How much act­ing are you do­ing? I love to act and it’s another part of per­form­ing that I en­joy. I have had to step back for a bit be­cause for me mu­sic comes first.

is avail­able in mu­sic stores.

MAK­ING HER MARK: Ti­nashe Kach­ingwe has re­leased her first al­bum.

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