Shingai collaborated with fellow Zimbabwean producer, Verseless on the “No Fear” single. The song is a chill dance melody with influences of the South African house subgenre, Amapiano.
The Internationally acclaimed The Noisettes lead songstress who recently enjoyed globally trending on Tik Tok with over 600 million views for the “Never Forget You” trend, has always been unapologetically proud of her roots.”No Fear” lyrics reflect on the bravery of the African heritage and its boldness. The line “We are the ones they said wouldn’t make it” continues her theme of Pan-Africanism that she explored in her previous album “Too Bold“.
The intriguing paired visuals directed by Joe Njagu were shot in Harare, Bulawayo and Matopos with an entire Zimbabwean crew.
What makes this music video intriguing is the metaphoric art portrayed in it. Zimbabwean collectives CaliGraph, Skeyi, Strobo and Spinx were commissioned to paint a bold and colourful mural on a bus as promotion for Shingai‘s Too Bold album.
The mural on the bus features an appropriated image from her album art; an over the shoulder portrait of Shingai with a plaited and braided hairstyle. At its rear end, the bus features text that proclaims the collaboration. The rest of the body of the bus is covered with patterns used by Zimbabwean native tribes and familiar landscapes of acacia trees, a giraffe, the Birchenough Bridge, the Victoria Falls and a skyline of Harare‘s central business district silhouetted against the horizon. This splendid art that moves, serves Harare and inter-city commuters. It can be spotted at Fourth Street bus terminus in the capital.
Shingai is a Zimbabwean-British musician born and raised in South London. In addition to her past highly rated contributions and newly found solo career, “The new afrofuturist pop goddess” according to Rolling Stone, is also known as the lead singer and bass player from the certified platinum band “The Noisettes”.
Verseless is a Zimbabwean music artist and producer, a visionary whose novel sound is the invention of his African heritage and influences in genres such as hip hop, electro, house, pop, and drum & bass.
His earliest solo musical performances were pure beatbox sets.which led to being recognised by the beatbox community. Playing to the strength of his diversity, he fuses the elements of genres, beatbox, djing and dance.
Listen to “No Fear”here.
The coming together of these two creative powerhouses has birthed bold art that not only flies the Zimbabwean patriotic flag high but also holds up the torch to the globe highlighting African beauty, the diverse sound and representation.