Who thought an artiste born in Bulawayo will ever win a BET Award?
Well, it came as a surprise to many when Sha Sha, real name Charmaine Mapimbiro (26), was crowned on 28 June as the winner for BET’s Viewer’s Choice: Best New International Act category.
Even though she blew up in South Africa, Sha Sha’s music and life experiences are dotted in Zimbabwe’s three cities, Bulawayo where she was born, Mutare which is where she lived most of her years and Harare where her career started in earnest in 2015.
Growing up in a detached family with parents separating after her birth and didn’t support her music career, Sha Sha’s story to winning the BET accolade has become an inspiration to many local musicians.
One of the inspired artistes include Cal_vin, a rapper who a few are with knowledge that he has a song with Sha Sha titled Miss Independent recorded way back in 2015.
Cal_vin was set to release his last album titled Vin Must Die, a metaphorical piece that the rapper said, “this is me entering the coffin and burying myself with no intention of resurrecting again”.
Sha Sha’s tale has made Cal_vin change his mind.
“I was set to drop my last album Vin Must Die because I had lost hope as music hasn’t done much for me. However, Sha Sha’s triumph on the BETs has made me re-think because her win is a sign that Zimbabwe is blessed in a way and I have since renamed my album Undeservingly Blessed.
“I feel like her story is a pillar of hope to me because this is a person who started her music the same year I started going commercial in 2015. I met her in Harare courtesy of Audius Mtawarira who invited me to his studio in Harare during the Harare International Festival of Arts (Hifa) in 2015.
“At the studio I met Sha Sha who approached me to do the song Miss Independent together. I took the opportunity because she was fire, her vocals were on point and there was no way I could resist her, no wonder she won the BET award,” said Cal_vin.
With Sha Sha’s marvellous representation of the country on the world map, doors could open for many local artistes as investors come searching for talent locally, so believes Cal_vin.
Meanwhile, Sha Sha has revealed that she is proud to be a Zimbabwean and she was thankful for the support she received from the country since the beginning of her career to winning the BET award.
“I want to say thank you to Zimbabweans, you guys have been such a great support structure to my music career from the beginning. As I am holding this BET in my hands, I feel like I owe it to all my fans back home.
“This is the first to be won by a Zimbabwean artiste and it’s a sign that everything is possible despite where you come from,” said Sha Sha on her Before I Sleep latest episode on YouTube.