Sha Sha (PHOTO: Sha Sha Instagram)
She never imagined she would make it in the music industry and was planning a career in the health sector – but fate had other plans. Now Sha Sha, real name Charmaine Shamiso Mpambiro, is the voice on several popular amapiano songs. All it took was for friends to believe in her voice more than she did.
Sha Sha (25) was born in Mutare in Zimbabwe and lived in various parts of the country after her parents had separated. Her grandmother used to take her to church every Sunday, where her talent was discovered and nurtured after she’d joined the choir. “I didn’t always know I could sing and that’s something people find really odd.” Her friends kept telling her to pursue music as a career, but Sha Sha wasn’t convinced. So they decided to take things in to their own hands and in 2013 sent recordings of her singing covers to a radio station. “When I heard my voice on radio I began dreaming of becoming a musician.”