Refreshing Zim Sounds: SunniChi comes home with "Midzi EP"

By Innocent Veremu and Kingston Zimunya

"Midzi EP is the soundtrack to our conscious awakening as Zimbabweans. It serves as a powerful reminder of who we are, urging us to hold onto our identities and heritage, amidst the unstoppable influence of globalisation through the internet."

Becoming the Muse

edited by Beaton

"If you were having coffee with me, we would be having a coffee chat with Tanaka Chikati who performs under the stage name SunniChi. A mbira songbird aka gwenyambira from Zimbabwe. Caught up with SunniChi to talk music, identity and creativity." Beaton

SunniChi's "Unonzani" is a captivating journey of self identity

By Innocent Veremu

"SunniChi showcases her poetic prowess through eloquent lyrics that express the longing and nostalgia of being distant from home. Her ability to capture the collective yearning for community and her exceptional talent with the mbira draw parallels to the late Chiwoniso Maraire, an iconic figure in Shona Music" (Veremu)

SunniChi on The Rise

Watch SunniChi get interviewed by Nicole Jamu on Zimbabwe Broadcasting Cooperation (ZBCTv)'s The Rize!

Tanaka Chikati '25 Releases Debut Album

Posted on December 11, 2023 by Grant Cook

'The title is Shona for "roots," and introspection and celebration of Chikati's heritage is the EP's unifying theme, lyrically as well as musically. While interlocking, bubbling mbira grooves demonstrate Chikati's fluency in the tradition, her original lyrics speak to diaspora, displacement, Shona identity, Zimbabwean history, and decolonial resistance.' (Cook)

Blooming Gwenyambira set to launch debut album

by Kudzai mhangwa

“My process with recording music has been a lot of work and if I can help artists not to stress too much about things like where to find a photographer, or where to have a launch, how to get their music out there, the high costs etcetera then I would be so happy.”

Mbira songbird set to release debut album

By Nyasha kada

“It is inspired by my roots, kwandinobva, all the teachings I have received from my parents, grandparents, and how these have shaped me to become the woman I am today.

“The album is also about being proud of my identity, kuva muera Hanga, mutauro wedu wechiShona."