Tariro neGitare (loosely translated, Tariro and the guitar) is a Zimbabwean guitarist, singer and songwriter. She plays an original mix of indigenous African sounds and contemporary urban styles with a strong afro soul feel. Tariro started playing the guitar at the age of 13 at St. John’s High school, Emerald Hill where she was taught by a German Sr. Elizabeth Wedeking. She played regularly at church as well as at school. A friend of hers, Charmaine Chitate, invited her to a Sistaz Open Mic event held at the Book Café, by Pamberi Trust under the FLAME project. It was at this platform that she linked up with Edith weUtonga (then called Edith and So What?!) and became the guitarist for the band. She continued to gain experience and played for other artists including Diana Samkange and Cathy Mhlanga.
Tariro has shared the stage with some of Zimbabwe’s finest musicians including , Stella Chiweshe, Alexio Kawara,Victor Kunonga, Chiwoniso Maraire, Dudu Manhenga, Oliver Mtukudzi and Alick Macheso amongst others.
1. How would you describe what you do for a living?
I am a musician and entrepreneur. Apart from being Tariro neGitare, I run an events and entertainment company called Wildfire Africa, I run Magitare Trust which focuses on arts and culture development, and retail through Chihera which stocks African inspired clothing and accessories.
2. What is your most vivid childhood memory?
There are so many of them, but I clearly remember Christmas holidays with my family.
3. If you could invite any three people, dead or alive, for dinner, who would they be and why?
James Chimombe – because I am curious to know what kind of a person he was.
Oprah and Michelle Obama for obvious reasons.
4. If you ever found yourself auditioning for a music reality TV show, what song would you sing and why?
I would sing Paul Matavire’s Handirambe mainly because I know the lyrics and chords very well and its just a song that really speaks to me in so many ways.
5. How would you complete this sentence? The Zimbabwe cabinet should include a Minister of __________.
I am not into politics that much
6. What would you say is the biggest misconception about you?
That I am in love!!! Mainly because I sing about it so much!
7. What is your (honest) opinion of Zimbabwe?
I think Zimbabwe is a beautiful place to stay, and even after travelling a bit, I have to conclude that we have the best weather by far. Ofcourse there are a few issues that we are going through a a nation, but which country doesn’t have issues? I am very hopeful about Zim and am sure there is a bright future ahead of us.
8.What’s the greatest fear you’ve had to overcome to get where you are today?
I think my greatest fear was switching careers and i guess by overcoming this fear, it has to be the best decision I have made to date.
9. What’s the one thing you’d like to achieve before you die?
I would like to be a goodwill ambassador at some point in my life!
10.Which well- known Zimbabwean personality would you, without a doubt, be able to beat in a street fight and why?
I hate to be boring but I would never be in a street fight!!! Eish my face!!!
Ha ha ha! Thank you Tariro for talking to us! Keep making wonderful music and raising the Zimbabwean flag high.