New African Music: Tasila, Zambia

New African Music: Tasila, Zambia

Tasila is a Zambian singer/songwriter, hailing from the Zambian version of Pop Idol back in 2002: ‘MNet Idols Zambia’.

Her feisty, sexy performances beat nine other contestants and won her a recording contract with Zambian music label Mondo Music Corporation. The result was a much-acclaimed debut album Uchi (meaning “honey”), featuring collaborations with several well-established Zambian musicians including Ballard Zulu, Joe Chibangu, and Black Muntu.

Born in Kitwe on the Copperbelt province of Zambia Tasila Mwale started singing at a very young age… she says on her Facebook page that she can’t remember when she started singing, all she knows is that music has always been in her life and her influences include reggae, rnb, soul, rock or jazz and artists like Toni Braxton, Anita Baker, Beyonce and Joe Chibangu.

Surprisingly, soon after the release of her debut album Uchi she announced that she would be quitting music and going back to school. However, after graduating, she went straight back to making music and this year she won the Zambian Music award 2015 for Best Traditional music album and the video to her latest song, Shekala ku Mutima was nominated for Born & Bred award in The Best Traditional video category!

The song is a combination of traditional beats, instruments and language, with the fresh new energy Tasila brings to it. Her voice is sultry, meaningful and addictive. Check it out here.

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