Nancy Sibonginkhosi Mutize with the stage name Nasibo is a Harare based musician who plays Mbira instrument from Zimbabwe. Nasibo has performed in different parts of the world and shared stage with artists like Habib Koite. She has also worked with prominent singers from Zimbabwe like Jay Prayer, Oliver Mutukudzi and Edith Weutonga. Nasibo performed at the Sauti ZaBusara 2023 in Zanzibar and Visa for Music 2023. Nasibo is doing collaboration with a French guitarist; a fusion of neo soul, jazz, funk and Mbira. She is also a music educator.
Nasibo speaks with Sunday Oyinloye, Publisher, Green Savannah Diplomatic Cable
What motivated you to go into music?
The motivation behind my decision to pursue a career in music stems from my lifelong love for singing. Additionally, watching talented musicians like Angelique Kidjo, Miriam Makeba, and Chiwoniso Maraire on TV inspired me to aspire to be like them. Music has been an outlet for me; allowing me to break free from my shyness and comfortably to express myself. I also found it fulfilling to share my perspective on societal issues by entertaining people through music.
Why the choice of Mbira instrument?
The reason for my choice of the Mbira instrument stems from its deep cultural significance and personal connection. The Mbira is a traditional instrument from Zimbabwe that holds a special place in my heart as it represents my identity and roots. It resonates with me on a profound level, as if it speaks through my veins and blood. The unique sound and rhythm of the Mbira are something I couldn’t resist, and I consider myself fortunate to have taken it as my instrument of choice. It not only allows me to express myself musically but also carries the rich heritage and traditions of my heritage. The Mbira instrument truly defines who I am and where I come from.
What message does your brand of music preaches?
My music carries a message of accountability to oneself and to others, promoting the values of Ubuntu – philosophy of humanity towards others; spreading love and unity, addressing social issues and preserving cultural heritage. My music emphasizes the importance of not forgetting who we are as a people and staying true to our roots, raise awareness and inspire change
Tell our readers the highest point of your musical career
Sharing the stage with Youssou Ndour in Brussels last year may have been a particularly memorable moment for me. In addition to that, performing at prestigious festivals like Sauti zaBusara and Visa For Music this year must have been a great achievement as well, and likely contributed to the growth and recognition of my musical career.
What is unique about your album Zaruwe
Zaruwe has a unique sound that combines elements of Zimbabwean mbira music with jazz, rock, and Latin styles. This fusion creates a distinctive sound that is representative of what Zimbabwean music should sound like, while also incorporating influences from other musical genres. The album has a number of songs that are uplifting and soulful, which makes it stand out from other music in the same genre. This combination of unique elements and positive vibes could be what set Zaruwe apart from other albums in the same category. The uniqueness of Zaruwe lies in its blend of diverse musical styles and its ability to evoke positive emotions in listeners. If you are looking for a fresh take on Zimbabwean music with a soulful twist, Zaruwe might be an album worth checking out.
Should your fans expect something special in 2024 ?
They should expect more performances from around the world, as well as new music and collaborations in the future. Nasibo will continue producing new music and expanding their reach to audiences around the globe. Fans can look forward to experiencing my unique sound and style in person at live performances, as well as through new releases and collaborations with other musicians.