Why This Blog?

Hello and welcome to my new multimedia blog ūüôā

There are 3 main reasons why I’ve started¬†‘African Astronauts’…

The Trailer to my Documentary that features some African Astronauts footage:

(Read about the name’s origin here)

Reason One:

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On top of Lion’s Head , Cape Town

To share my unusual story and invite you into my world of global adventure, in the hope that I can inform and inspire others in the process:

I am a Pop singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and music producer who grew up in beautiful Zimbabwe during an idyllic time which then ran head-first into the unforeseen when I was a teenager.

A then hard-to-believe tale of crashed economies, hyperinflation, political unrest, greed-incited violence and a future of uncertainty with no way of getting out of the country to pursue my dream career in the global performing arts.

Iron will, self-belief and having true faith in the seemingly impossible got me overseas. After 4 years of hitting brick walls, I finally moved to London with about ¬£400, no instruments, two weeks dossing space on a friend’s uni floor in Woolwich (South East London), and so there a new exciting chapter began… at long last!

Having boldly left my London day job a few years later, to fully nurture my musical dream, this blog focuses on the period from early 2013 (to the present day with a documentary that launches soon).

In this time, I have released my first-ever twin single called Ghostrider¬†and the latest Drowning In Space¬†as I toured solo to over 50 cities/towns in total, in 10/11 countries on 4 continents each year, for 4 years running. I did this by¬†carrying around my ‘home’¬†and portable recording studio¬†like this!…

I also wrote a Beatport-charting Dance song called When Hope Is Lost (written in London and Copenhagen) which was released in late December 2014 and my self-produced Acoustic version (recorded in Australia) was released in May 2015.

All this being achieved independently as I work towards gaining¬†relevant industry support and continue to build¬†my dream career in music, focusing on what I have rather than what I don’t have, to keep growing as an artist (and stay alive!) till the day it all hopefully kicks off!

(PS: If you meet a Zimbabwean, any Zimbabwean, I recommend you ask them their story… it will most likely be quite a ride).

Reason Two:

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Tribal Singers in Victoria Falls Zimbabwe

To feature and showcase the diverse and magical face of Africa today.

The Africa that I love and grew up in, the Africa that all the other ethnically-diverse and colourful people share, all being children of that magical continent, full of genuine soul and heart-warming sunshine.

You come from Zimbabwe?! Really?! So why do you speak English so well? Why don’t you sound African? Did you grow up in England?

…these are words I’ve heard often (too often to be living in the 21st century) as I tour around the World and meet people from different continents (including Africa!)

In case you’re thinking… ah, but you moved to London, so surely you picked up the accent there… Accent, no, but yes, I have picked up British terms such as ‘mobile phone’ otherwise people in England would be confused, when any Zimbabwean would know that I’m talking about a cell phone… lol.

After a whole 7 years of not being back to Zimbabwe, I went home for Christmas and here’s the first thing members of¬†my family said to me… “Eish! But how come you sound just the same like when you left, after all this time? We thought you’d be talking like a pommy by now!”

Africa?! … but where do you ‘really’ come from?!… “From Zimbabwe!” … no, but where were you and your parents born? …“In Zimbabwe, and my grandparents and their parents too!” … Really?! But you’re not black!!

…these are also words similar to what¬†many of my contemporaries who are of a different skin tone (usually Indian or White), ¬†often hear when they travel abroad or meet people from overseas.

It isn’t really these people’s fault as they don’t get to see what life in Africa is really like, just what the media tragically sells them, so it is my intention to keep informing people about the beautiful place I come from and the diversity of its people, warts and all ūüôā If I met someone from let’s say,¬†Burma today, I admit I wouldn’t have a clue what accent they should have or if they speak English as a main language!

Reason Three:

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In Wellington, New Zealand, 2015

As an African artist making Pop music (think Coldplay, John Mayer, Sting, Seal, Ed Sheeran etc) on a quest to break into a very difficult and competitive global industry, I am really keen to showcase and bring together other people who are also pioneering their way through unique challenges in different  industries.

(Feature recommendations are welcome)

People who reach¬†for careers that seem ludicrous and impossible for someone who didn’t grow up in the first world, ambitions¬†that when back home, seem futile to even consider in the first place!¬†It can also be a very lonely undertaking!

The idea is to find inspirational people to showcase. I already have a few I know and am excited to share them with you.

I believe in the power of community and networking. Real connections with fellow humans, who I think are just a fascinating species!

I am already lucky enough to be travelling the world doing what I love and meeting all kinds of people as I spread good energy and positivity, even if I don’t have much to my name and currently live out of a suitcase. You will see evidence of happiness with the many laughs¬†and smiling faces in my touring photos on my website or on Instagram.

Important note:

This blog will also feature anyone inspirational from any background, whether they are in the arts or sciences and so on; whether they live in Africa or have since left; whether they are from Africa or just feel a close affinity to Africa.

Africa is the cradle, but from that cradle, anything can grow!

(Especially if you water it with the right kind of mental attitude and positive energy)

Welcome, and thanks for reading.

Fambai Zvakanaka (Go Well)

Love, Love, Love!

Ryan Koriya

10 Comments

  1. Yes, yes, yes! Scatterlings of Africa, brother. Thank you for doing this. Thanks you for giving Africans of all shapes and sizes a voice. Thank you for connecting us all. Thank you for creating a space for creative minds. Thanks for being you. xxxx

    1. Heya Derek my fellow traveller ūüėČ

      Yes, it was a super time meeting you and I often tell people your story so keep those dreams flying high brother! It’s been a long time coming but I’m excited about the next chapter where I get to do much more creating after an amazing 3 years of touring around the world with my trusty guitar and African smile to suit ūüôā

      #AnythingIsPossible

  2. I am SO proud of you darling boy! Thank you for including those of us who are not from Africa, but who “have an affinity for Africa,” so that I remain a part of your fascinating journey! I will send you a video – but not one with my ‘lazy weekend look’ – lol. xoxoxo

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