The rise and rise of Queen Vee
South Africa’s first Mr Ugly crowned
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