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(Read about the name’s origin here)
There are 3 main reasons why I’ve started ‘African Astronauts’…
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 in 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 🙂 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!
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.
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’m a PassionPop 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 4.5 years of hitting brick walls, I finally moved to London with about £400, no instruments (I then bought a guitar and bass guitar immediately upon arrival using some of the little money I arrived with). Starting with two weeks dossing space on a friend’s uni floor in Woolwich (South East London), 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 called I’MPOSSIBLE 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 60 cities/towns in total, in 10-13 countries each year, for 5 years running spanning 4 continents. I did this by carrying around my ‘home’ and portable recording studio like this!…
2020 Update: After all that touring, I decided to set up a base in Ibiza Spain to start my own label under which I can now release much more music under the various energies that I’ve been fostering on this journey. Cue a few artist name changes up ahead!
My acoustic passion folk, singer-songwriter sounds now fall under I See Hearts. For fans of artists such as early Bon Iver, early Coldplay and Damien Rice.
My Electronic/PassionPop/Symphonic Dance/Tribal/Afro House music will fall under the name of KYLLO.
I 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 an Australian hostel), 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).
Submit to have your story included by emailing: apply [at] africanastronauts.com
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!