Thursday, November 28, 2013

A New Jazz Artist Is Born

A new jazz diva is born

November 28, 2013
Kumbirayi Shoniwa
Entertainment Reporter
Zimbabwe Herald

Norah “Thelma” Kapisa is a jazz musician who has literally been through the whole grind to get to her destination. The 22-year-old began her career as a reggae singer only to find her feet in the relatively mature genre of jazz and soul.With several reggae-themed songs under her belt the dreadlocked songstress cut her teeth in the industry under the tutelage of renowned dancehall producer Shelthang of the Sunshine Studios fame.

“I was inspired by the likes of Chiwoniso “Sista Chi” Maraire and Rita Marley, who gave me the energy to pursue a musical direction in my life.

“I have always loved singing even as a child all the way through my years at university where I recorded my first song called ‘Rasman’ which is a dedication to my love for reggae music,” said Kapisa.

Other singles produced under Shelthang’s wing include “Party all Day Long” as well as “Rasta Swagga”, both of which she sang whilst at the University of Zimbabwe.

She has also delved into hip-hop where she joined X-lay, Trick J and Crack Dollar on a collaboration called “Nhodo”, which is a fast-paced party jam with an international flavour.

When she recorded the mellow song “Nokutenda”, dedicated to her late sister and her baby, Thelma realised that she had found her musical niche.

The production was heard by top producer Willard “Slimaz” Magombedze of Slimaz Productions, who introduced her to the world of afro-jazz and she has not looked back ever since.

Slimaz has worked with artistes such as Jah Prayzah and Mathias Mhere and is a very versatile and talented music producer in his own right.

Currently, the duo are in the studio working on Thelma’s debut album which is set to feature BaShupi and Seh Calaz and is set for release early next year.

Kapisa works with guitarist Keen Marshall Nhemachena and is managed by Cynthia “DJ Spin” Duringo.

Thelma has a Diploma in Public Relations as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in English (Honours) from the University of Zimbabwe.

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