Meet Tamy Moyo: Young star with a Global Vision
At just 20 years of age, Zimbabwean singer Tamy Moyo has started making waves in the music industry. Having launched her debut six-track album “The 18th Roller Coaster” in 2016, she already has a growing list of achievements, including an AFRIMMA nomination and performances across the globe alongside major stars like the late Zimbabwean legend Oliver Mtukudzi. In 2019, the “Tekere” singer makes her bold entry into Africa’s biggest music show: Coke Studio Africa. She will be featured on the show’s Big Break segment, collaborating with Lourena Nhate (Mozambique), Abush Zeleke (Ethiopia), Ugandan Producer Daddy Andre and fellow Zimbabwean producer Young DLC.
On her music journey
Nicknamed “her vocal highness”, she is known for her unique sound, which she describes as Afro-pop fusion. Having ventured into music at the age of 7, she sung in the senior choir and by the age of 13, was already sharing the stage with established musicians. Daughter of respected Zimbabwean media personality Richard Kohola a.k.a DJ RK, Tamy was no stranger to the entertainment industry growing up, and her resultant confidence is inspiring.
Her musical influences are rather diverse, and speaking on this, she highlights gaining inspiration from Zimbabwean musician Chiwoniso Maraire: “She was an absolutely amazing performer, singer-songwriter, lyricist and poetic genius from Zimbabwe and has a lot of influence over the kinds of lyrics that I write. I also look up to Beyoncé; she’s a hard worker, I love her work ethic and the fact that she’s so focused and so driven in whatever she does, and her work speaks for her.”
On her time at Coke Studio Africa
It is no secret that Coke Studio Africa tends to be a “boot-camp” for most artists. However, Tamy iterates the importance of such an experience when it comes to developing her career. She says she is “overwhelmed” to be a part of the music fete that will not only grow her music, but also expand her audience: “Coke Studio is a good platform for African artists simply because it has unified us as a people. There’s been a lot of barriers set up for us by other people but the show is a platform where anybody from any kind of background, skin colour, gender, all over Africa can come together and work together for the same cause and vision.”
Art with a heart
Beyond her music career, Moyo uses her voice to support social causes. She sits on the board of “The Dreams Project”, an organization that advocates for HIV and AIDS awareness in rural Zimbabwe. She was also once the Child Ambassador for ChildLine (Zimbabwe) in 2011, a role she assumed for 5 years.