By Prisca Manyiwa-Masuku
A 19 year old Kwekwe musician Ratidzo Audrey Mpeswe has commended the Zimbabwe Starbrite program which groomed her to become a flexible artist who does not rely on a single music genre but to become an all-rounder.
Mpeswe whose stage name is Rhaty, said she started the music journey at the age of 12 and recorded her first album in 2019.
“I was auditioned at Starbrite in 2018 and came up as the first runner up so that whole experience taught me to be versatile in the industry that is why I am for the meantime an all-rounder who sing both contemporary music and traditional music.
“In 2019, I recorded my debut album of nine tracks which comprised of both contemporary and traditional songs and I named it after my thematic song “Mbende.”
“In the meantime I’ve been working on singles and I’ve just dropped a classic amapiano anthem called Pangu pangu in which my brother, ARTIST featured, “ she said.
The teenage musician said she was inspired by both local and international artist and she also looks forward to represent her ‘Ghost town’ Redcliff at international level.
“I was born into music and music was born into me, since I was a young girl, I’ve been surrounded by people who enjoy music as much as I do so that motivated me to join church choirs, school choirs and bands during my entire primary and high school experience.
“Musicians like Chiwoniso Maraire, Rihanna and Sam Mtukudzi inspired me to start writing songs at an early age of 12, and later recording my first single “Stay” in 2018 when I was 16.
“I come from a small town called Redcliff, popularly known as the ‘Ghost Town’ so, my goal is to represent the streets I come from. I also want to raise the Zimbabwean flag” she said.
However, just like any other musician, Rhaty confessed to have faced some challenges in her career but she managed to pull through with the assistance of her father who also happens to be her manager.
“So far the journey has been flourishing, but meandering as well, I am truly grateful for the experience at Starbrite because I’ve become musically skillful in terms of my songwriting, vocals and stage presence.
Nonetheless, I’ve faced some challenges which are petty and out of discussion since my father who is also my manager has always been there to support me,” she added. – Midlands News■