Meet The Women In My Life – Part 30 – Sasha

Since International Women’s Day, (which was the 8th of March 2019), I’ve been sharing one interview a day.

To celebrate them, I’ve interviewed the women in my life to share their perspective on things. I included parents, siblings, cousins, aunties and even friends.

It’s no secret that we live in a male-dominated global culture and women are often at the shorter end of the stick, especially when they are more than capable to do what men can do in society, and often more! People are people, regardless of gender.

The coin does flip both ways so I look forward to doing one for the guys too.

Today’s interview is with yet another cousin of mine. You’ve already met her mother Anifa and she is one the youngest featured ladies in this series thus far. Meet Sasha…

I feel self development is important. It produces growth which will always get you to where you want to be. Never be afraid to change your habits and challenge yourself.

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Women's Day 2019 - Sasha Kambarami

I’ve asked all the ladies the same questions and this is what they had to say…

Sasha Kambarami

Current location: Bristol, UK

Born in: Harare, Zimbabwe

Sasha Kambarami - 22 - HR Assistant
Sasha Kambarami – 22 – HR Assistant

Hi Sasha, what makes you a woman?

So much makes me a woman, it’s difficult to narrow down without describing what makes me Sasha, but I would say that being able to put others’ needs before mine and being able to multi-task, even when under pressure.

Who is one of the women you respect the most and why?

My mother is the woman I respect the most. She has always pushed through, regardless of what she goes through.

She has made the biggest sacrifices in order for me to be where I am today. She has the biggest heart and I am truly blessed to have her in my life.

Sasha Kambarami
Sasha Kambarami

If you were a man, what do you think life would be like as compared to now?

Hmm I not 100% sure on this one…

I feel like it could go either way. However, there are definitely different standards for women and men.

In society, I believe it’s getting a little better but looking within my African culture, I feel there’s still a strong belief that the man is the breadwinner and the woman must stay home with children, cleaning and cooking.

What do you struggle with the most in life?

Being patient. Everything great in life takes time.
I try to work on this as I know I can achieve so much more with being patient.

What do you enjoy the most in life?

I enjoy cooking! I want be an amazing cook just like my mother. Nothing warms my heart more than homemade food.

Check my working food page on instagram: Africa_Tastes

Sasha cooking up a Zim style brew
Sasha cooking up a Zim-style brew

I also enjoy planning and organising. I have a long list of places I want visit and things I want to achieve.

You wouldn’t believe me if I told you I have my whole year written down, and what I want to achieve each month.

What one thing would you like to tell all the women out there?

If you think it is impossible then it will be impossible, but think that it is possible regardless of what things like look like at that moment in time. You’ll be surprised what you can achieve.

Us women are great and can achieve anything.

What one thing would you like to tell all the men out there?

Always work to be your best self and everything around you will be the best.

Sasha with her mom Anifa and her brother David
Sasha with her mom Anifa and her brother David

What is your dream?

My dream is to be successful in my career, have a family of my own and to give back to my mother.

To build a life with purpose, happiness and the word of god.

To constantly be my best self.

Also maybe turn my enjoyment of cooking into something more.

Sasha Kambarami
Sasha Kambarami

Anything else you’d like to add?

I feel self development is important. It produces growth which will always get you to where you want to be.

Never be afraid to change your habits and challenge yourself.

I believe life is a learning process, it will be great but it will test you too. So always be prepared to grab it by the horns and not let it make you become weak.

Thanks Sasha xo

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Meet The Women In My Life – Part 21 – Ameera

Since International Women’s Day, (which was the 8th of March 2019), I’ve been sharing one interview a day.

To celebrate them, I’ve interviewed the women in my life to share their perspective on things. I included parents, siblings, cousins, aunties and even friends.

It’s no secret that we live in a male-dominated global culture and women are often at the shorter end of the stick, especially when they are more than capable to do what men can do in society, and often more! People are people, regardless of gender.

The coin does flip both ways so I look forward to doing one for the guys too.

Today’s interview is with another power house in our community. My cousin, Saranna’s sister Ameera aka “MiMi”…

Every great dream begins with a dreamer! I love being African and calling Africa home

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Women's Day 2019 - Ameera Ameer

I’ve asked all the ladies the same questions and this is what they had to say…

Ameera “MiMi” Ameer

Current location: Harare, Zimbabwe

Born in: Harare, Zimbabwe

Ameera "MiMi" Ameer - 27 - Award-Wining Lifestyle Blogger
Ameera “MiMi” Ameer – 27 – Award-Wining Lifestyle Blogger

Hiya MiMi, what makes you a woman?

Aside from my very female physical traits, I would say being a multi-tasker, balancing life while still achieving careerwise and being a key player in the home.

Most women these days have this interesting balance of having active roles in the home and family but still achieving in their career.

Who is one of the women you respect the most and why?

My grandmother – what an amazing woman.

When I think of her life and what she meant to my family and to me, it truly reflects a woman with great values who we respected dearly in my family and community.

She was born in a time where opportunities were limited (in what was then Rhodesia) for a mixed-race woman born to a Shona mother and Indian Father. My grandmother provided for her kids and many more children after her husband passed away. She was an amazing woman and mother, not to just her five children, but to so many other children. She was a provider, a problem solver and a leader.

With her minimal education in a time where women had little opportunity, she held great purpose with several responsibilities. I think her story, like many African women, is one of great purpose and strength.

Ameera with her gran
Ameera standing next to her gran in the middle with her step-mom

My grandmother brought me up and was actively involved in my upbringing at very key stages of my life. She helped shape my values and many skills, especially around running a home and being an honest and kind person. I was blessed to have her and miss her every day.

If you were a man, what do you think life would be like as compared to now?

Well, I think men have a privilege over women in my communities and societies. They often have higher paying jobs and access to more opportunities than women. I think being a man comes with less hurdles in all aspects from business opportunities to the family. Men get away with not cooking, doing dishes and just day-to-day running of the household (While this may be changing in some parts of the world, not so much in other parts).

Women do it all and at times in HEELS! While sometimes men do have pressure to be providers, there is also more room for them to actually have the opportunities to be providers. Men have less standards to be held accountable to – there are different rules for different genders.

Ameera Ameer
Ameera Ameer

For example if a woman is confident and refuses to be treated a certain way, she is labeled as bossy or difficult, but if a man is to do the same, he is labeled as assertive and strong.

It is definitely complex regarding gender and gender roles. Ultimately, I feel society has more benefits for males and less obstacles for them, the girl child faces more hurdles, especially in the African context.

Women have to be twice as good and fight more battles to succeed both in the boardroom and with family. These are facts!

What do you struggle with the most in life?

Adulting!

At times, being an adult is a grand task – from personal goals and achievements. Young Adults have this transition into the real demands of growing up and providing for yourself and family.

In the Zimbabwean context, the economic challenges make it harder to plan and achieve personal career goals.

How does one take a mortgage?
By what age should you have your first home?
Accessing good healthcare
Taking care of aging parents

These are some of the challenges young Zimbabwean adults face.
A millennial adult in Zimbabwe has even more added pressure to make a plan in a not-so-normal economy.

Ameera Ameer
Ameera Ameer

What do you enjoy the most in life?

Family, friends and travel!

At the end of the day, I am so lucky to have a beautiful family.

Celebrating Eid, birthdays and supporting each other makes it all worth it. Sure we may not always agree with each other but we surely do love each other.

Saranna with her sister Mimi
Mimi with her sister Saranna

Friends are the family we chose so they are extra special. Traveling for me is a favourite hobby. Exploring beautiful locations and escaping day-to-day life.

To travel is to truly live and there are so many stunning and exciting destinations.

What one thing would you like to tell all the women out there?

Your dreams are valid. You are strong. You can do it too. We are amazing. Love yourself. Never compromise. Be Bold.

MiMi in Victoria Falls Zimbabwe
MiMi in Victoria Falls Zimbabwe

What one thing would you like to tell all the men out there?

Be fair. Be honest. Be gentle. Make an effort. Spoil her. Love her. It’s okay to show emotion. Make each day better and be better.

What is your dream?

To expand my empire, grow my blog and look into entrepreneurship.

From plus-size clothing, lifestyle consulting to tourism, interior design, media and digital marketing. I hope to make my mark and have an impact in the respective industries in Africa.

MiMi in Dar es Salaam
MiMi in Dar es Salaam

I love being African and calling Africa home. Zimbabwe is my home and I have many dreams of it excelling and becoming an African success story. I hope that at the end of the day we have good leadership and governance with equal opportunity for all genders and races.

As for my family, I hope that we continue to nurture and provide for one another. I especially hope to surpass my father’s expectations and to live honestly by him as he is a very special man in my life – present fathers like him are to be celebrated.

More travel is a must and a favourite.

Finally, I am a Muslim and hope to explore my spirituality and purpose in life. This path ahead, I hope will lead me closer to Allah and to be a better person. While I am not typically religious, I am very spiritually aware of Allah’s presence. Life on this earth is only part of one’s journey with the All Mighty, The Most Merciful and Powerful. In the meantime, I will enjoy the adventure along the way!

Check out MiMi’s award-winning blog here

Anything else you’d like to add?

Every great dream begins with a dreamer!

Thanks MiMi xo

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Meet The Women In My Life – Part 20 – Saranna

Saranna Ameer

Since International Women’s Day, (which was the 8th of March 2019), I’ve been sharing one interview a day.

To celebrate them, I’ve interviewed the women in my life to share their perspective on things. I included parents, siblings, cousins, aunties and even friends.

It’s no secret that we live in a male-dominated global culture and women are often at the shorter end of the stick, especially when they are more than capable to do what men can do in society, and often more! People are people, regardless of gender.

The coin does flip both ways so I look forward to doing one for the guys too.

Today’s interview is with my cousin who is such a soft-spoken yet magnificent force to behold. Meet MiMi’s sister Saranna…

Choosing to be a career woman does not make you less of a woman – own it. Do not fit into a glass slipper but instead, shatter glass ceilings.

Interviews coming each day for a month so make sure to subscribe, options found to the right or in the menu above, (or at the very bottom on phone browsers).

Women's Day 2019 - Dr. Saranna Ameer

I’ve asked all the ladies the same questions and this is what they had to say…

Dr. Saranna Ameer

Current location: Harare, Zimbabwe

Born in: Harare, Zimbabwe

Saranna Ameer - 34 - Specialist Physician
Saranna Ameer – 34 – Specialist Physician

Hiya Saranna, what makes you a woman?

The first thing as a practicing Muslim, would be my relationship to my creator. He has defined a role for me in relation to him and in fulfilling those roles I am a woman.

Secondly I feel I am a woman in the words of the Maya Angelou poem Phenomenal Woman…

It’s in the reach of my arms,
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them,
They say they still can’t see.
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing,
It ought to make you proud.

Who is one of the women you respect the most and why?

My grandmother Amina Ameer. She was the most amazing woman I know and I am who I am because of her influence. She cared for everyone and all who knew her loved her. She had patience always and nothing ever got her down. She had a smile and always gave the best advice. She was constantly learning and growing as a person.

And by extension, my sister Ameera “Mimi” Ameer who shows a lot of my grandmother while being a forever fighter in what she believes to be right and true, as well as always being authentic. I love you Ameera, keep on being you.

Saranna with her sister Mimi
Saranna with her sister Mimi

If you were a man, what do you think life would be like as compared to now?

I think my life would be a lot less full. I work in a very male-oriented environment and most of the men are very focused and driven but not in any other roles. They have people to pick up the slack, whereas no matter how accomplished you are as a woman, you are still expected to fulfill other so-called duties, which help make life interesting and varied.

What do you struggle with the most in life?

The ‘isms’ so sexism and racism – being judged on what you are perceived and versus who you are. I am an intersection (woman of color, Muslim), in so many ways, it’s easy to be labeled as an outsider and classified in stereotypical boxes. I love the challenge of breaking those and being an individual.

What do you enjoy the most in life?

The people I have been blessed with in my life. I am surrounded by amazing humans who challenge me, grow me, and inspire me daily. I enjoy the work I do, the life I lead and the deep connections I have.

What one thing would you like to tell all the women out there?

You are perfect as you are. You do not have to look a certain way or be a certain way. Who you are authentically is perfect. A housewife, a mother is one of the most important jobs – do not make it a “I am just” job but a queen of the house.

Saranna with friends
Saranna with friends

Similarly, choosing to be a career woman does not make you less of a woman – own it. Do not fit into a glass slipper but instead, shatter glass ceilings.

What one thing would you like to tell all the men out there?

Acknowledge the privileges you have been given by the nature of your gender and if there is a woman you can help reach her dreams, do so. She is someone’s daughter, mother and or sister – treat her with the respect you would treat those.

What is your dream?

To leave the world a better place for being in it by excelling in all I take up.

Saranna in action at a scientific conference
Saranna in action at a scientific conference

Thanks Saranna xo

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Meet The Women In My Life – Part 15 – Meredith

Graduation Day

Since International Women’s Day, (which was the 8th of March 2019), I’ve been sharing one interview a day.

To celebrate them, I’ve interviewed the women in my life to share their perspective on things. I included parents, siblings, cousins, aunties and even friends.

It’s no secret that we live in a male-dominated global culture and women are often at the shorter end of the stick, especially when they are more than capable to do what men can do in society, and often more! People are people, regardless of gender.

The coin does flip both ways so I look forward to doing one for the guys too.

Today’s interview is with my good longtime friend, Meredith…

Most importantly, you can control the story you tell yourself about yourself, what you are capable of, and the possibilities that are open to you as a result.

Interviews coming each day for a month so make sure to subscribe, options found to the right or in the menu above, (or at the very bottom on phone browsers).

Women's Day 2019 - Meredith

I’ve asked all the ladies the same questions and this is what they had to say…

Meredith Moyo

Current location: Kampala, Uganda

Born in: Harare, Zimbabwe

Meredith - 37 - Organization Development Consultant
Meredith – 37 – Organization Development Consultant

So Meredith, what makes you a woman?

From a purely naturalistic perspective, my biology makes me a woman and I think that it defines my interactions with the world.  But as YHWH’s child I also believe that the way I’m created spiritually also makes me a woman and that defines my interactions with Him and with other human beings.

Who is one of the women you respect the most and why?

I’m privileged to have had many strong but compassionate women as role models throughout my lifetime but above them all my mother stands out as the one I respect the most.  I admire her because of her adventurous spirit, her loyalty, her kindness and generosity, and her incredible humility.

She suffered incredible personal loss but instead of being bitter and withdrawn, she gave compassion back to the world around her; she was very accomplished in this regard, but if you met her you would  never know how much she did because she was so humble.

Making new friends!
Making new friends!

If you were a man, what do you think life would be like as compared to now?

If I were a man, I think my career would still be my greatest focus.  One of my joys as a woman has been giving birth to, and raising, my two children.

From a practical perspective, though, it required that I slow down my career progression to give them more focused attention.  I have no regrets in this regard but I think that if I were a man my professional path would be very different.

What do you struggle with the most in life?

I struggle with maintaining a unified identity in which I choose how I see myself and that choice reflects a whole and complete person.  It’s a struggle because the messages I get from society all fragment my identity and try to put me in a box.

I’m often identified first as my husband’s wife, or my children’s mother.  I have to work hard to maintain my own identity as an individual independently of these roles and to share that more complete self with people I encounter.

Graduation Day

There was a “me” BEFORE the family, and that “me” still exists and still needs to be nurtured in addition to the parts of me that are more socially visible right now.

What do you enjoy the most in life?

Paradoxically (in light of the struggle I describe above), caring for my family has become my greatest joy.  It certainly is hard work, but it’s fulfilling in a way that I truly didn’t expect, and that, I find delights me in new ways every day.

Walking through life with these delightful people has given me new perspective and a wider appreciation for all the good there still is in the world.

What one thing would you like to tell all the women out there?

You are ultimately responsible for the path you choose in life.  You can’t always control what the world throws at you, but you can control how you respond.

Most importantly, you can control the story you tell yourself about yourself, what you are capable of, and the possibilities that are open to you as a result.

What one thing would you like to tell all the men out there?

I would like to ask men to be conscious about being kind.  Many men already are and I’m grateful to them…

Kindness goes a long way in making the world a nicer place to be for all of us.  When men are intentional in directing that kindness, it has a huge impact.

Good times! Meredith and me in Victoria Falls Zimbabwe

What is your dream?

I’m living it.  What I’ve always longed for, is to be surrounded by people I love, to be fulfilled by what I do each day, and to be able to sleep peacefully at night.

Anything else you’d like to add?

The 21st century increasingly demands that we have a global perspective on all aspects of life.  As women, its especially important to be able to recognize our shared realities in spite of the vast differences in experience that we may have due to where and how we live.  I think that seeing as much of the world firsthand as we can, is really helpful in building empathy which is really what International Women’s Day is all about.

Hang time

Thanks Meredith xo

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Meet The Women In My Life – Part 14 – Bianca

Womens Day 2019 - Bianca Omar Nyandoro

Since International Women’s Day, (which was the 8th of March 2019), I’ve been sharing one interview a day.

To celebrate them, I’ve interviewed the women in my life to share their perspective on things. I included parents, siblings, cousins, aunties and even friends.

It’s no secret that we live in a male-dominated global culture and women are often at the shorter end of the stick, especially when they are more than capable to do what men can do in society, and often more! People are people, regardless of gender.

The coin does flip both ways so I look forward to doing one for the guys too.

Today’s interview is with my cousin Bianca…

I love being a mom. There’s nothing quite like it.

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Women's Day 2019 - Bianca Omar Nyandoro

I’ve asked all the ladies the same questions and this is what they had to say…

Bianca Omar Nyandoro

Current location: Norton, Zimbabwe

Born in: Harare, Zimbabwe

Bianca Omar Nyandoro - 42 - Farmer
Bianca Omar Nyandoro – 42 – Farmer

What makes you a woman?

The fact that I can multi task, and my kids calling me mum.

Who is one of the women you respect the most and why?

Wow 😲 My mum and gran. In fact, all the women in my family. They have all played a part in my life. I’ve learnt something from each one. I’ve never seen my mom or gran sad, they are always smiling and praising God. My tetes (my father’s sisters) are just as awesome, I love them to bits.

Bianca with cousins Ramona and Tanya next to our great grandmother (Gogo)
Bianca with cousins Ramona and Tanya next to our great-grandmother (Gogo)

If you were a man, what do you think life would be like as compared to now?

Truth is, I don’t think I would want to be a man. Men have so much on their shoulders. Some carry it well, some just don’t.

Bianca's mother Anifa, her brother David and sister Sasha
Bianca’s mother Anifa, her brother David and sister Sasha

What do you struggle with the most in life?

I struggle with people who go out of their way to hurt others. Why?

…and the African Sun! 😓

What do you enjoy the most in life?

I love being a mom. There’s nothing quite like it.

Family vibes in Harare
Family vibes in Harare with kids, husband, cousin, aunts, niece and gran

What one thing would you like to tell all the women out there?

To the young single woman. You were fearfully and wonderfully made. Wait on God to give you a man. Don’t allow a man to treat you far less then you are… a queen. And do behave like one.

Bianca with her cousin Karyn
Bianca with her cousin Karyn

What one thing would you like to tell all the men out there?

Men, God created you first, and he was so proud when he was done. God even said “this is good.” So men, do everything in the way God created you to.

What is your dream?

My dream is to have a revival in the community I live in, and to build a retirement village and children’s shelter. These will be for my kids.

Bianca with her best friend Hazel
Bianca with her best friend Hazel

Anything else you’d like to add?

It was God’s plan to create Bianca and in his image. So I’m truly blessed to be a woman.

Thanks Bianca xo

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The African Alchemist (Documentary)

I'MPOSSIBLE The African Alchemist

 

A New Web Documentary Series Called I’MPOSSIBLE

Subscribe to the YouTube Channel today and watch the previews and catch the first episode when it is released.

Season One

Just how much can one determined artist who lives out of a suitcase and has no home base do on their own?

Impossible is a mindset!

If you say you can, you’re right. If you say you can’t, you’re also right!

Despite the odds … #iAmPossible!

The first season focuses on my latest international tour that started in my native Zimbabwe, taking me and my guitar to 27 cities in 13 countries in the space of a year.

The episodes will delve deeper into the how, the where and the why!

The Drowning In Space tour (#DIStour) is in support of my latest digital single that was recorded in the magical Victoria Falls Zimbabwe.

This marks the 5th year in a row I have played in as many countries on each cycle, spanning 4 continents. All independent, without management, booking agents or any outside assistance in today’s over-cluttered music landscape where the industry only tends to get involved once you’ve landed on the moon in your own home-made spaceship.

Just how much can one determined artist do on their own? Quite a lot it seems …

 

I’MPOSSIBLE Preview #1 – Yes, We Speak English In Africa + Ethnic Diversity

Judging by the numerous conversations I have with people from all over the world, I had to start off by addressing common misconceptions.

I spend a lot of time having to explain why I speak English (which is my first language) and advocating the idea of a Zimbabwean Ed Sheeran or Zimbabwean John Mayer (Global Top 40/Pop Artist) as opposed to the clichéd World Music,  Afro-Jazz etc

 

I’MPOSSIBLE Preview #2 – You Can’t Build When You’re Always In Survival Mode

Despite my circumstances, one mindset I have adopted to help me achieve success is to not just be surviving… but somehow make sure I am surviving… forwards!

Life begins where fear ends

Never give up!!

 

I’MPOSSIBLE Preview #3 – The Snow Hath Returned!

After family goodbyes at the airport, it was time to hit the skies, starting with South Africa then moving onto Europe and Scandinavia… It’s cold in Scandinavia! Brrr!!

 

I’MPOSSIBLE Preview #4 – Zimbabwean Ed Sheeran

Like Ed Sheeran, I write pop songs, play acoustic guitar, perform solo whether it be in a pub, club or on a festival main stage, but instead of looping a beat or my voice, I play live drums with my feet (kick, snare, hi-hat) and sing my own vocal delay in real time, live.

Here’s what some more fans have to say about it…

 

I’MPOSSIBLE Preview #5 – Ibiza – The Kygo Effect

I love Dance music. I have released a Beatport-charting House single that was remixed by a few hundred producers and I would love to pitch my vocals to and write a single with Kygo, and a few other Dance Artists I digg like Coldplay, Calvin Harris, DJ Snake, Alan Walker, RudimentalAvicii, Roger Sanchez and Bob Sinclar.

I went to Ibiza to see if it could become my European base while I somehow work towards my dream move to the US.

 

I’MPOSSIBLE Preview #6 – The Dream Team

The #DIStour culminated in the US where I was based in my dream location of Nashville TN for the Summer. A town that I’d love to live in and assemble a dream team to keep this stellar rocket flying way past the moon!

Allow me to demonstrate some of why I love the US and its music culture…

 

Please share this page/these videos and help give this project a great start as I continue to work towards inspiring others and continue sharing how I am single-handedly building the seemingly impossible with the help of a few powerful mindsets.

Subscribe to the YouTube channel to get each webisode as it is released: http://www.youtube.com/RyanKoriyaVideo

Signup by email on www.ryankoriya.com and get insider access to my adventure of a lifetime!

Ryan

The African Alchemist

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Drowning In Space – Open Up For Some Air!

Drowning In Space Banner

The soundtrack to real life…

I wrote Drowning In Space in Copenhagen Denmark around October 2015, ironically in the very room I’m sitting in right now as I type this.

I had just completed a 10-country tour on 4 continents (for the third year running as captured in the Official DIS music video below). Back then, I was hoping I wouldn’t have to come back to this pub covers circuit but here I am! I hoped I’d have broken through some of the ‘online’ static to get my own songs out to more people/contacts and to finally see some sort of ‘break through’.

I have found my journey incredibly solitary as the world around me seems to be hanging on by both hands trying to make sense of things and to just get by, never mind having time or energy to worry about the singer who believes in a sense of community and bringing people together.

Hence my feeling like I’m ‘Drowning In Space’. The view up here is incredible but where’s everyone else?

Copenhagen is a superb city and it hasn’t all been doom and disappointment since I was last playing this circuit. I got to return home to Zimbabwe and spend 8 months in that lush paradise I grew up in, despite 2016 being strongly peppered with challenges on a national scale. I even went on to tour the new single to 10 countries on 2 continents in 13 weeks (making that the fourth year in a row) with some wonderful memories being made into the end of the year:

#DIStour

 

It seems the Western World had its fair share of major upsets during 2016 that delivered many a blow including the passing on of great musical legends like Bowie and Prince, all quite early on in the year too! It certainly didn’t end there with stars like George Michael and Carrie Fisher also seemingly deciding the great gig in the sky may be a better option.

Feeling oh so weightless like I’ve left the earth
In search for life, for life among the living

Brexit and Trump also became major upsets of the year and I remember waking up on both of those mornings thinking, the heaviness I felt when I wrote Drowning In Space is what many people were now clearly feeling as well. After all, being an artist does involve being plugged into the surrounding consciousness and becoming a part of social commentary. Even if it’s before most people are aware that is what the mood of the times is.

DIS talks about how alone I felt in a world seemingly populated by fellow compassionate human beings, watching as people allow the gap between their individual hearts and the hearts of others around them continue to widen, which just can’t be a good thing! Cue the current trends in intolerance and mass misinformation.

Is there anybody else here breathing?
Coz your chest is not moving…

I actually wrote Drowning In Space for a Trance Producer in the US who turned it down and so I decided to record it myself, using old software on my broken laptop, in a backpacker’s in Victoria Falls, mixing and mastering it on headphones but that’s a whole other story for another time!

For now, the message to take home from my latest offering is this…

Keep spreading that love and keep being good to fellow humans, especially in person. Connect with people and give what little light you may have to share, that’s how you get recharged too!

We’ve got to show the world
Show the world
The world how we love

Make Your Own Good News

There is so much good that came from 2016 that we shouldn’t forget about. Not that many of us know much about the good stuff as it doesn’t get much airtime in today’s drama-hungry media culture.

Keep spreading that light anyway regardless of the lack of mass praise!

Keeps shining on, this light that I’ve been giving out
In the search for love, for love among the loving

Read the full lyrics here

 

‘Drowning In Space’ was recently released on my birthday in February and is out now globally on all major digital platforms…

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New Music Video – Wide Open

Wide Open Dancers

Greetings from the recording studio in beautiful Victoria Falls.

My birthday was ten days ago and I had aimed to release this video by then! The fact that I am only getting there today reminds me of a very apt saying that I’ve had respect for ever since I first heard it…

When it comes to achieving your dreams, you can decide ‘what’
but you don’t get to decide ‘when’.

There is so much in the business of turning something from your head into something real and as an artist, you learn that things often take much more time than you would like. The real world obstacles are always a challenge, particularly getting the right people to notice you and more importantly to understand your vision.

This marks my first release of 2016 and the first of a new cover series I’m launching which will see more releases coming soon as I continue to carve out my musical landscape and vision in what is one of the most interesting and booming industries out there 🙂

A friend sent me the new music video to the Chemical Brothers song called ‘Wide Open’ which was uploaded by them at the end of January and it immediately stole my heart.

It is so close to something I’d do, especially in vibe and intensity. I paused work on my new original single ‘Drowning In Space’ in order to immediately start recording my own version of Wide Open.

The music video features a fellow Zimbabwean who I think is a very talented dancer who is studying dance in the UK. I can already picture her in videos on MTV Trace Urban or dancing on stage alongside the Biebers and Beyoncés of this world one day. With any luck, I’ll be one of her collaborators in the pop world too.

Introducing Tasi Lightfoot:

Wide Open is written by:
The Chemical Brothers and Beck

Ryan Koriya:
Vocals, Instruments, Music Production, Studio Engineering, Programming, Mixing, Mastering and Video Editing

Filmed in Zimbabwe and The UK

Dancers:
Tasi Lightfoot
Connor Davis

Choreography:
Tasi Lightfoot
Matt Walker

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Download this song free on Soundcloud HERE (up to the first 100 downloads)

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African Alchemy:

Samora Machel Avenue

Tonight, I packed up my belongings and moved out of a room in the Danish capital of Copenhagen’s Amager district in which I’d lived for the past three months tying up a three-month residency of gigs.

An interesting fact hit me as I filled my suitcase with the various belongings that had been allowed enough time to park outside of their small permanent wheelie home …

These last three months mark the longest period of time that I’ve lived in the same room since April 2012!… true story! (It is now November 2015!)

Since 2012, I’ve been no less than a rolling stone, going to The UK (multiple times), Belgium (twice), The Netherlands (at least five times), Germany (three times), Spain (once), The US (twice), Australia (twice), New Zealand (once), Zimbabwe (three times), South Africa (twice), Zambia (twice), Denmark (five times), Sweden (twice) and I’m off to play in Norway for the first time in two weeks 🙂

Most people ask two things, first… ‘why?’ and secondly… ‘how?!’

I finally read the book called The Alchemist a couple of weeks ago and now I see why people have been bringing it up and recommending it to me for years. It’s a story of a boy shepherd who spends years walking with his sheep and goes on an incredible international journey in search of his own personal legend that ends up making him very, very rich and wise. He even gets to marry the woman of his dreams, quite literally.

Born and raised in Harare, Zimbabwe, over shadowed by financial difficulties, I’ve never been one to let my circumstances limit the size of my dreams (and I am very ambitious by nature). I’ve always been interested in getting bigger, better and going far in whatever I set my heart on.

Your attitude determines your altitude

African Alchemy:

How does one go from being grounded in Africa for two and a half years with an empty bank account to performing on four continents numerous times, playing solo and releasing new music by carrying around about fifty kilograms of luggage and recording gear, as shown in this video?:

The How (abridged):

In mid 2012, I had about 100 USD to my name and was living by the majestic Victoria Falls where I moved to from Harare knowing no one in that town apart from a face or two I’d seen at the festival I played there. Why did I move there?

It was the way that place made me ‘feel‘ whenever I was there for a few days at a time to perform. There’s a sense of calm and a sense of community in that transient little town by the mighty Zambezi River.

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Victoria Falls by Tom Varley (www.facebook.com/tomvarleyphotography)

I had started focusing on following my heart/intuition more, no matter how crazy it seemed and did less worrying about what people are ‘supposed’ to do or what is ‘expected’ of me…

By November that year, I flew back to London armed with my new EP recorded in my backpacker bedroom studio. Still low on cash,  I had never been to any of the countries mentioned above apart from The UK, The US and the ones in Africa. Focusing on what I did have, I opted to use my newly acquired European passport to actually see places I would have found it hard or impossible to get to on a non-EU passport. I was and still am a full-time musician and I couldn’t afford to rent in London or anywhere really so it was time to improvise with the accommodation thing.

Bedroom Studio
My bedroom studio in Victoria Falls at Shoestrings Backpackers in 2012

My main focus was to keep performing and growing as an artist. Nothing great ever came without sacrifice and yes, of course I’d like to have my own home one day. I totally plan on owning a wonderful home that will be fully paid for by my art/skill. I may not have much money right now but I am very aware and grateful for the many other riches I already possess.

Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won’t, so that you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t.

One of my greatest tools is to focus on what I do have and to start from there. I can get very far, when at the start of each day I am aware of my travel-friendly passport, my network of friends/family, my musical/artistic talents, my sense of humour (audience members often tell me I should become a comedian lol), my various computer skills, my intrinsic optimistic nature, my great passion for singing, my huge desire to excel, my boundless energy and current good health along with the other gifts I already have at my disposal including the very day itself that I get to live through. Life is a precious gift!

When starting to build your dream from scratch: If you learn to use what you already have, you won’t need what you have not, the rest will manifest in time – Ryan Koriya

Dream Time

Which brings me to…

The ‘Why’:

To build a successful music career takes quite a lot of money and support from the relevant sectors of the entertainment industry. I was quite deficient in both of these at the time and so rather than give up or be tied down by an office job to pay for a small room in an expensive city, thus relegating my music to the lower ranks of my time and energy banks, (with such an evolving industry as is the modern music world that is full of new possibilities), I opted to start building my career from the ground up. Brick by brick on my own, fan by fan, show by show, song by song, lesson by lesson, new skill by new skill, hurdle by hurdle.

Most importantly, like an Olympic athlete who trains every single day, I am now a musician who is at the top of his game, ready to perform and entertain at the drop of a hat having just sang in public (gigs) for around 210 hours (actual singing time) in the last three months alone, and that’s not including any singing I did in practice.

Besides, isn’t travelling globally and performing music what the well-known successful artists do?!

So that means I am now already living the dream. Being an artist is a lifestyle and it is who I am everyday. I create and perform, I have people in the countries listed above and more, who have already heard my music and who have met me in person, or know someone who has met me.

The fandom has begun, it may be small now, but it is already pretty spread out and bubbling. I’m building a career to last unlike the prominent flash-in-the-pan mentality of today. One day, I envisage all of these RK supporters becoming one big community of fans when the crucial hype machine finally kicks in.

Cairns Couple
New fans in Cairns Australia with their bird upon shoulder in 2015 🙂

Thinking back, as a Zimbabwean kid who took four years and three months just to get out of the then sanctioned country overcoming what seemed like a dead end situation, dreaming about a successful international music career, it now feels like it’s not a matter of ‘if’ but more a matter of ‘when’!

I am the master of my fate
I am the captain of my soul

– William Ernest Henley

Going for gold!

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What I’m Doing Right Now:

Me in CapeTown

It’s Halloween, the last day of October and I’m in Copenhagen, Denmark just 90 minutes away from playing my last gig here.

This is a snap shot of what I’m working on right now in the bigger scheme of things which is prompted by the ever-inspiring Derek Sivers and his great writing.

  • Tonight, I’m tying off a 3-month RK live gig residency in Copenhagen, Denmark. I’ll be in Sweden then Norway in a few days to play my last European/Scandinavian dates of 2015 having been to Australia, New Zealand and The UK before this
  • I’m writing and demoing new songs for my next single and EP (I’m heading into the recording studio after closing the tour)
  • I’m populating my new blog African Astronauts and working on the promo video for its official launch
  • I’m recording songs for my upcoming YouTube covers series (project name and details yet to be revealed)
  • I’m learning new skills and various techniques to keep growing as an individual and as an artist
  • I’m mentoring various artists on how to work towards and achieve the career goals they desire
  • I’m helping various friends and colleagues navigate emotional challenges and work towards achieving a healthy mind-spirit balance
  • I’m taking more time off my busy schedule to be face-to-face with and meet new people, try new things, perform live more, and generally spend less time plugged into the matrix.

Twenty years ago people would process 300* tasks a week manually. Nowadays, just because we can get 3000* tasks processed in a week using the convenience and power of technology, doesn’t mean we have to process 3000 tasks a week! I believe everyone should be able to take even more holidays in 2015 with the same level of productivity or more. Instead, I see more ‘busy’ and less ‘love’ or ‘attention’ for those around us. A smart phone or laptop doesn’t give you a hug and attention quite like a real person can! I’m being more aware of knowing when to turn off the digital devices 🙂 RK

*I just picked a random number to help illustrate my point
Birthday Dinner In Perth
Birthday dinner with long time friends in Perth Australia 2015

Why?

‘Why?’ I find this to be one of the most powerful questions when it comes to pretty much anything anyone does, desires, works towards. Kids go through the infamous ‘whyyy?’ stage and there is merit to staying curious as an adult.

The main reason why I’m doing all of the above comes down to this…

I am building an international career as a world-class performing and recording artist. In an age where you have to build your own space ship if you wish to fly to the stars. I am creating a fulfilling life of artistic expression that is shrouded in love for fellow mankind. Music has the power to heal wounds that aren’t physically visible.

Ryan Koriya : Business Owner | Singer | Songwriter | Producer | Multi-Instrumentalist | Voice Over Artist

www.ryankoriya.com

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