The rise and rise of Queen Vee

South Africa’s first Mr Ugly crowned

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Entertainment - Show­biz Re­porter

QUEEN Vee is just but the def­i­ni­tion for the word diva.

Real name Vanessa Sibanda, Queen Vee, Zim­babwe’s Queen of bling lives a lifestyle that could eas­ily match some of the fa­mous Hol­ly­wood su­per­stars.

Since ven­tur­ing into the mu­sic in­dus­try about four years ago, the beau­ti­ful for­mer Miss Zim­babwe has been cov­er­ing a lot of ground es­pe­cially with her videos which have been aired on in­ter­na­tional mu­sic chan­nels like Chan­nel O, MTV Base and Trace.

Last Fri­day, the fast ris­ing artiste dropped a new dance­hall sin­gle Varidzi Vepat­tern fea­tur­ing Dobba Don on Star FM. Just like her sin­gle – Mari Mari which fea­tured Soul­jah Love, Varidzi Vepat­tern promises to be a hit con­sid­er­ing that artistry dis­played in the song.

The com­bi­na­tion of Dobba Don’s lyri­cal prow­ess, Queen Vee’s sweet voice and Oskid’s pro­duc­tion skills man­aged to cre­ate an ex­plo­sive num­ber. The song is a party track that drips of swag.

Queen Vee has been in the coun­try for the past few weeks work­ing on sev­eral projects in­clud­ing BEAUTY, they say, lies in the eyes of the be­holder. Well, so does ug­li­ness. At the Bit by Bit night­club, his­tory was made last Satur­day as South Africa crowned its first Mr Ugly. the record­ing of the song’s mu­sic video. Dur­ing an in­ter­view, her man­ager Farai Cham­a­towa, pop­u­larly known as DJ Phat Beats said the song was one that will change the mu­sic game.

“We didn’t want to do a song about any­thing else other than a happy song that peo­ple will em­brace and dance to,” said Phat­beats.

“On this track, we roped in Dobba Don who’s one of the most tal­ented artistes on the dance­hall scene at the mo­ment. That’s an­other rea­son why I be­lieve this song is go­ing to be big.”

“We’d sleep­less nights work­ing on this song for a week.”

Varidzi Vepat­tern is al­ready avail­able for down­load on­line with the video ex­pected to be re­leased be­fore end of year. Once re­leased, the video will likely cat­a­pult Dobba Don to in­ter­na­tional fame as it will be his de­but ap­pear­ance on in­ter­na­tional mu­sic chan­nels such as Chan­nel O.

Queen Vee is cur­rently rid­ing high with Mari Mari, a song that was ob­vi­ously re­ceived well by mu­sic lovers while Mu­den­dere and Mkuru are do­ing it for Dobba Don.-show­buzz The first of its kind in South Africa, the Mr Ugly pageant held in Mtu­batuba, KwaZulu-Natal, was won by Si­mon Mpuyazi after a long evening. Nine en­trants had com­peted for a grand prize of R1 000, while the run­ners-up - Al­fred Jobe and Lucky Mdenge walked away with R500. Club owner – David Nt­shangase – a for­mer judge said he de­cided to hold the pageant in or­der for those who feel that they are ugly, to leave the com­pe­ti­tion feel­ing that they too, are wor­thy of cel­e­bra­tion and recog­ni­tion.

“Ugly and fat peo­ple are among the most dis­crim­i­nated against peo­ple. You al­ways get beau­ti­ful peo­ple com­pet­ing and no one gives ugly peo­ple a chance to show­case them­selves,” said Nt­shangase who claims that he is not hand­some him­self and can re­late to the en­trants.

“Ev­ery hu­man was crafted with the same hand of cre­ation.”

The nine en­trants put through their paces in front of a large crowd and three judges, with one of the judges be­ing per­son­al­ity Joe Mafela. The coun­ter­part of the com­pe­ti­tion has long been held in Zim­babwe, where Mi­son Sere is the reign­ing king.

This year’s unique and highly-pub­li­cised Mr Ugly Zim­babwe will be held later this year in Harare. Mr Ugly Africa and Mr Ugly World have also been in­tro­duced with Mr Ugly Africa pen­cilled for Jo­han­nes­burg, South Africa between Novem­ber and De­cem­ber while Mr Ugly World will be held in Zim­babwe next year. – TimesLive

Win­ner Si­mon Mpuyazi flflanked by run­ners up, Al­fred Jobe (L) and Lucky Mdenge (R)

Vanessa Sibanda, Queen Vee

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