From leading the UK indie rock band The Noisettes with her touch of class and African prowess to breaking new grounds with her unique vast talent Shingai is a force we can’t keep our eyes off. A Zimbabwean – UK singer songwriter and leading vocalist/bassist for the Noisettes, she keeps doing the most and now she has graced the world with an outstanding anthemic, very authentic and rhythmic EP titled ‘ANCIENT FUTURES’.
Making shock waves across the globe she’s described by Rolling Stones as “a living, breathing manifestation of the rock & roll spirit“ and the EP is a breathing testimony in the form, including mbira, guitars and top notch vocals to top it all off.
The 4 track EP carries all kinds of surprises with the track list having superb track which are Coming Home, Zimtron (pretty cool name), Revolution and Champion style. All of them truly bang! And she does it outstandingly representing her motherland showing that indeed she is MADE IN ZWE.
One of the coolest jams on her groovy EP is Coming Home which was released as a single was fuelled by a track titled “Shumba” which is a favourite for most Zimbabweans and it was by her Uncle Thomas Mapfumo who is an idol in the Zimbabwean music fraternity. It all truly runs in the family, Kwaye her brother is also doing his thing!
The track contains a journey in the musical realm which takes the listener aboard the Shingai time travel machine into another world in the future along with the ancient art and traits of the Zimbabwean soulful, jazzy and groovy music portrayed the Shingai way. The Mbira, the guitars blending in with her amazing voice creates an infectious melody and sound that puts the tune top of its league. It is topped off by amazing visuals which were shot in her motherland Zimbabwe in a mountainous area in the capital Harare, Domboshawa.
The awesome EP also has dope tracks such as Zimtron which she vividly describes as her “Love Letter to London“ it’s such a masterpiece making the EP one of its own kind. Not forgetting the awesomeness in the tune REVOLUTIONARY. The hit song provides one of the more sultry moments on the record aurally, it is contrasted against Shingai’s bold lyricism “I’m easy to remember, I’m hard to forget.” Full of fight, confrontation and triumph it firmly seals her return to centre stage where she belongs. With each track envisioned to be played live to audiences, a whole host of summer show dates are set in motion, following on from her enigmatic first festival slot of summer at Jam On Rye, Peckham.
Not trying to spoil the listen, do head on to the link and listen tell us what you think.
Look out for her shows coming up if you’re in the Area :
Sofar Sounds: Thursday 20th June
• Kelburn Garden Party: Saturday 6th July
• The Coming Home show in Harare – Zimbabwe (TBA)
• Wilderness: Saturday 3rd August
• Roundhouse: 27th September
Shingai – #AncientFutures OUT NOW: shingai.lnk.to/AncientFutures
Written by Kevin Mwenye, MADE IN ZWE