30 seconds interview: Rina Mushonga

Rina Mushonga

Dutch-Zimbabwean singer songwriter Rina Mushonga has just landed in London, signed to PIAS (home of Ghostpoet and Roisin Murphy) and is looking to leave a huge impression on 2016 with her yearning, soulful electronica.

Bullet is the forthcoming EP from this talented multi-instrumentalist, a faultlessly produced soundscape of shimmering sonic textures, African inflected synth-pop and electronic balladeering.

Produced by Rina and collaborator Frans Verburg, the release is an exciting follow up to her debut LP, The Wild, The Wilderness. If you’re in London, then catch her at the Queens Head Islington on 23 February, the Troubadour in Fulham 24 February and at the Queen Of Hoxton on the 25 February and get a deep breath of this fresh, new talent…

I first started writing music because…
I was taking music lessons and was always just more interested in working out my own stuff, my own melodies and lyrics. I’ve always loved reading and writing stories and little plays and I guess making music opened up this deeper, emotional way for me to communicate my own stories and impressions of my surroundings I suppose.

I have been making music since…
I started performing when I was around 17 or so … just trying out songs I’d written and jamming with friends.

My music is…
Very lyrical and driven; arrangements tend to be quite layered.

You’ll like my music if you listen to…
Music that’s really passionate I guess, that sort of lures you in gently and then sweeps you up and off your feet.

My favourite venue is…
It’s closed down now but definitely the Book Café in Harare in its heyday … that place was legendary and also where I started performing.

Music is important because…
It moves us, it connects with what we feel individually, amplifies those emotions and helps us navigate our place in the grand scheme of things and ultimately has the power to make us feel more connected to each other.

My biggest inspiration is…
Literature and other music.

My dream collaboration would be…
Man I would so love to work with Justin Vernon … I just love everything he does.

To try me out, listen to my song…
Bullet or Eastern Highlands.

If I wasn’t making music I’d be…
Working in theatre I think, directing or writing … which I already kind of do … but I’d do it more.

In 10 years’ time I want to be…
Happy, touring and have the continued opportunity to share my art (in different forms) with people!

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Watch the video to Bullet.

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