from anyone from Zimbabwe, but I’ve collaborated with artists from Rwanda and some of the locals here. One from Nigeria. Gambia. Yeah, but not quite yet. Obviously, when you’re in the diaspora in England, you know, they just think I’m making it big. Plus, I’m the oldest son as well, in my family. I’ve got other three sisters back home. So, I always have to set an example. You know, whatever, that I do. Being the oldest son in the family. So yeah. So the music academy, it really came out of trying to encourage young people into creativity, because in Africa, you know, it’s either you become a doctor or a lawyer or whatever. And I was never really, really encouraged to do music growing up. And, you
know, just imagine my mum, she’s, she’s in medicine, and my dad is a school principal. So, like, they were very strong on me. Doing, yeah, achieving my academics. So, but I said, “No, I want to go into creativity”, which caused a lot of arguing and fighting. So reason why I started the music academy was to just try and encourage the young people now to say, “Yeah you can still do music, and you can still be in creativity, and you can still earn a good living doing what you’re doing”. And you know, so yeah, that’s, that was the whole point. So I teach piano, guitar, drums, bass. We do music production, we do DJing as well. And in the future, I will be introducing the mbira. And I’ll be also introducing the marimbas as well. Yeah. So in terms of in terms of the marimbas and the mbira. In the UK, it’s very rare. I think it’s that kind of rare… like, it’s like, the steel pans the very, very rare instruments, and I think it’ll, it’ll be great to just introduce it in the community and, you know, make it more accessible to whoever wants to, you know, to play. In terms of pushing creativity, I think the UK, the parents, they’re quite good at supporting their children to pursue what they like to do. I mean, for example, with my music academy, you know, I see a lot of parents actually encouraging the children to say “Hey, do this”, and you know, they’d rather pay- they do actually pay for their, tuition and, you know, so, yeah, it’s really good. It’s really good side in terms of like, whatever the child wants to do, the parents, they’re always behind their children and they support which is something that I wish…
Anything I would want to change in my life, living in Zimbabwe? I just wish I had spent more time with my family, because I really missed that. I wish I had connected with more musicians and more artists. And also, I think one of the things that I’m really, really passionate about is the African history. Because most of African history, it’s oral history. And I wish I could spend more time with the older generation or generation before me and just give me some stories of what life was like, you know, yeah, back in the days, you know, so yeah I wish I’d spent more time with with my elders in that sense. I know quite a lot about African history, especially Zimbabwean history from the time of before the colonisation. So yeah, quite Yeah, from the Great Zimbabwe, the Mwenemutapa if you know about that, which is basically like the Wakanda of Africa. Yeah, so I know quite a lot.
Mugabe is, depending on how you see it, you know, he’s a hero. He’s a villain. You know, you can’t really pinpoint because obviously, early 80s, Mugabe was a liberator. You know, he was a liberator. But obviously, he was in power for a long time. And being in power for a long time. You know, he kind of became more of a tyrant really. But yeah, the situation with Mugabe is a love, hate sort of a thing. So I think one of his downfalls really was staying in power for a long time. You know, and when he eventually said, “I resign” it’s, you know, it gave like a big sigh of relief, like amongst Zimbabweans. And I remember the time it was it was, I mean, I was I was now in the UK, but like, it was like breaking news for the whole week, really, like people were marching in the street, people are celebrating and you
know, just saying, “Yeah, finally, the guy who has been, you know, tormenting us for the past three decades, you know, is gone”. So, yeah, it was such a big thing. So yeah, so the situation between Zimbabwe and the UK,when that happened, it was pretty much the same, like most of Zimbabwean diasporans, you know, they had the same feeling because a lot of Zimbabweans who came to the UK, they were running from the situation in Zimbabwe. So, obviously, when they say “That guy is gone now”, everyone was just like, “Wooo it’s a new dawn. It’s, it’s a new life”. So that same excitement. And yeah, it was, it was it was pretty much the same. The politics in Zimbabwe, compared to here, it’s quite different, I think, in the UK, in terms of democracy, you know, they have kind matured. Zimbabwe is still a young country. And it’s got its own problems, because obviously, the Zimbabwean tradition is we grew up in, we had kingdoms and chiefs and kings. So they can see the President as like the king, and they, you know, you, he kind of rules the country like he is the king, you know, but it’s pretty much a democracy, you know, so, like, if you look at the electoral commission in the UK, it’s quite independent, whereby in Zimbabwe, it seems like one party own the electoral commission, so always the election kind of biassed and rigged in some way, somehow, else so that people can cling into power. So yeah, so in the UK, there’s more transparency and we are good at holding accountable of our political leaders, you know, and if they’re not, if they’re not delivering, then a lot of pressure is put upon that. And, yeah, there’s always a change, you know, I mean, and which is, which is healthy for politics anyways, you know, cause these people they’re public figures and they represent us and if they’re not delivering we should be able to be confident and be free to say that “Eh, things need to change now”.
The Royal Family in Zimbabwe, it’s quite great. The Queen, was THE Queen you know it wasn’t just like the British Queen but we also have the Queen and the Royal Family and I remember, not not say I was born at the time, but like watching the videos of Zimbabwean independence and seeing King Charles, who was then Prince Charles, coming to Zimbabwe to receive the Union Jack and all that stuff like yeah, it was great. Like we’ve always had a great perception about the Royal Family. My perception about the UK, about the royal Family when I moved to the UK, it hasn’t really quite changed. Especially me meeting them in person. You know, I was one of the beneficiaries of a lot of things from the Royal family. Like, I also got some funding from the Prince’s Trust before. So and also working with CRS (Community Recording Studios). And yeah, meeting Prince Harry himself. And I was also a beneficiary of his of his foundation as well. So, it’s been great. I think, I think the Royal Family, they you know, it’s part of the British history. You know, it goes it goes way back, you know, and I think it’s just a great thing to keep that Monarchy because it’s, it just represents Britain, you know? So, you know, the, the Queen’s guard, the long hats and all that the horses the chariots? Yes. That’s great. Yeah, I’ll tell you a little story, I was just at work, you know? And they said, “Oh, Prince Harry’s coming, you know”. And, yeah, it was quite like the atmosphere was quite, it was a different day at work in the day, you know, like, because you know, that the Prince is coming. And the moment when he arrived, I was very unaware, I was unaware that he’s arrived, you know, but he was a proper lad, you know, like, you know, remember him trying out the piano, and, you know, cause I was just showing him what I do in terms of like, helping in the community. So yeah he was just a proper ordinary lad, and we could share jokes. And, you know, I thought that he was gonna come with like, bodyguards and all this. They were there, but like, I could hardly notice them. You know? Yeah, it was so free. We take selfies with him. And yeah, it was. It was a great experience. I believe it was in 2016. 2015? 2016, or somewhere there, yeah. I’m
sure he’ll come back to Nottingham, especially the charities that he used to fund and stuff. I’m sure, definitely you come back.
The things that you know, that kind of identify you as someone from Nottingham, you know, obviously, the first one is the football team. Nottingham Forest. And yeah, they’re now in the Premier League, which is amazing. And I realise Nottingham, we love ducks a lot. ‘Ay up me duck’. You know, that’s one thing, and yeah, the accent, you know, obviously, I don’t have the Nottingham accent you know likre, you can just quickly say, “Ah it’s from Nottingham”, you know, so, yeah. So, the Lions, you know, that’s Nottingham for you. So yeah. It goes on and on and on.
I have a lot of goals that I need to achieve. Mainly the first one is I’ve already achieved that. I’ve opened a new studio in Nottingham. It’s studio and music academy. So I teach kids piano, guitar, drums, but also what I want to introduce to them as well as to teach them some of the traditional Zimbabwean instruments like the mbiras and the marimbas. Yeah, so you saw my goal is to see that growing as far as it can go. Then also personally as myself, just my music to just go as far as it can reach.
I’m proud of where I am and I know where I came from. I’m happy where I am, and I look forward to the future