Who am I?
Tariro neGitare (loosely translated, Tariro and the guitar) is a Zimbabwean guitarist, singer and songwriter. She plays an original mix of indigenous African sounds and contemporary urban styles with a strong afro soul feel and evident influences from Oliver Mtukudzi, Freshly Ground, India Arie and Lauryn Hill, Tariro neGitare is a brand that came to fruition through a monthly event called the Wildfire Acoustic Nights ( www.acousticnight.org ) which has taken her to greater heights. Tariro released her album in April 2013 after a successful debut Germany Tour with the German Band Jamaram.
Tariro started playing the guitar at the age of 13 at St. John’s High school, Emerald Hill where she was taught by a German Sr. Elizabeth Wedeking. She played regularly at church as well as at school. A friend of hers, Charmaine Chitate, invited her to a Sistaz Open Mic event held at the Book Café, by Pamberi Trust under the FLAME project. It was at this platform that she linked up with Edith weUtonga (then called Edith and So What?!) and became the guitarist for the band. She continued to gain experience and played for other artists including Diana Samkange and Cathy Mhlanga.
Tariro has shared the stage with some of Zimbabwe’s finest musicians including , Stella Chiweshe, Alexio Kawara,Victor Kunonga, Chiwoniso Maraire, Dudu Manhenga, Oliver Mtukudzi and Alick Macheso amongst others. She has also had the opportunity to share the stage with South Africa’s Simphiwe Dana and Zahara, American band Publish the Quest, German bands Ting Val Trio, Favo and Jamaram, Mzungu Kichaa (Tanzania) and UK based Noisettes, amongst other artists.
Tariro is a mother of 1 girl. She holds a diploma in Personnel Management, an Honours Degree in Sociology and Gender studies and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Development. She is an entrepreneur who runs Wildfire Africa (events and entertainment) , Magitare Trust (arts and culture development) and Chihera, (stockists of African Inspired items).