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"I Remember Being Paid 50 USD For A Show," - Sha Sha

Zimbabwean musician, Charmaine “Sha Sha” Mapimbiro who is based in South Africa recalls she used to perform for US$50 in front of as few as five people.

Sha Sha who is now regarded as the Queen of Amapiano said that money was one of the challenges she faced when she marked on the musical journey. She told HYPE in an interview:

You just constantly don’t have money and you just constantly try to get the next paycheck and try to make sure you get heard; you perform for 5/6 people. It was crazy! Trying to get the paper, that was the hardest part ever. And also, just for the music to be heard, that was a struggle. Being patient and waiting for that breakthrough but it’s just not happening. Seven years was quite a long time, worse off with your parents breathing down your neck, asking all sorts of questions and family gatherings with people asking “so, what do you do”. Also, having to face that reality when people ask you, but well, nothing is happening. I just had to keep on keeping on, keep fighting and getting small jobs, events, and all. That must have been the hardest part, really.

I would say my lifestyle has changed. Back in the day, I used to catch taxis when I wanted to go to town. I didn’t have a car or anything. At some point, I remember being a waitress, a receptionist, I remember being paid 50 USD for a show. That was all the come up, and then eventually, now, it’s a different situation. 

While she had since attained fame and some fortune, Sha Sha initially had not thought she was good enough to make it professionally until when her friends took one of her singles to the radio and it popped off.

Sha Sha also reflected on her upbringing, which saw her moving around various countries and cities within Zimbabwe. 

She said such a diverse upbringing had made her into a shapeshifter that can navigate between various languages and cultures. 

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32 Comments

Mike😲 1 month ago

Zvinodzosa magetsi here zvekuti waibhadharwa $50 for a show


hasha dzako Gummidge 1 month ago

iwewe Mike usaite kunge rimwe dununu pano rinonyomba hurumende pesepese rinonzi Worzell Gummidge

**** you Mike 1 month ago

Vote for change

Vesto 1 month ago

Nhai @hasha dzako, imbotiudzawo zvinhu zvitatu dedzi zvakagonekwa neZANU kubvira 1980. Isatiudze nhor.oondo dzekuti makatisunungura because makatotisungirira

🤨🤨 1 month ago

Magetsi apinda papi apa

mukmeric 1 month ago

comment section will never disappoint 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

-_- 1 month ago

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1 month ago

@mike hausi wakutopenga here

Jinn 1 month ago

Zimbabwe does not pay off,we are suffering in our motherland.


Worzell Gummidge 1 month ago

Sha-Sha ari kunyara kutaura chokwadi kuti aibhadharwa 50 nhozhi for Short-Time nembinga dzemubato rezvinyahu, dzakaita saPashom Javha, Weak Snail Chivharo naSkirt Sakupwanya. 50 gida inoraramisa teacher, civil servant, anodzidzisa vana 300 per day.

Too fan🇿🇼 1 month ago

I only spend less than R100 per month on grocery cauz I eat only when I feel dizz, Most of the weekends I attend funerals and weddings, it saves a lot 😎


👤 1 month ago

🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 ndiwe uri kutogona budget iwe

1 month ago

That's being funny for real. Hakuna munhu akadaro

Guka 1 month ago

Send me Ecocash number yakho sha umm it’s painful 😂

Tintin 1 month ago

😂😂😂 nice one.

YOUNG_M.C_KHALED_DJ 1 month ago

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Lin wu chun 1 month ago

England to beat Senegal tip thank me later.


Jinn 1 month ago

Senegal 1/0England

. 1 month ago

kaida zvinhu. $50 is a lot of money for us pindulans here, whose only internet is pindula and WhatsApp. with an income of 50 per month you won't see me here. I will be surfing e real internet


👤 1 month ago

kutoita stress kana network isiri kuita kuti manje, pindula yati kudii🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

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worried citizen 1 month ago

wat is she saying kuita waitress nd being a receiptionist kwakaipei anoti ndaiva izvozvo,varikuzviita vanopenga here anopenga haana nyaya uyo aikaka


1 month ago

Kana ini zvandinetsa kuti ari kutii about being a receptionist or secretary.

dignity in work 1 month ago

rechi**** nekuba chete ndiwo mabasa asina dignity andinoziva

ndunge 1 month ago

operation dudula haibate ana sha sha ava hanty?

saka 1 month ago

so operation dudula haibate ana sha sha ava nhai


Bright 1 month ago

Vakaita seivava kazhinji kacho vanenge vatova ne citizen ship ukaona vakumu depoter anenge aita nyaya iri serious se uya we Anglican uya

mwenewazvo 1 month ago

pindula inondinakidza zvangu.asi panozongoita mamwe mazivanhu anobhowa soo asingade kuudzwa chokwadi,neanoba mazita evamwe.comment section nvr disappoint 🤣🤣🤣


the saint 1 month ago

LIFE IS HARD IN ZIMBABWE 😂


1 month ago

Make us proud girly,,,arise, till you reach the sky


Vinicius 1 month ago

France. 3,1. Poland. Full time

Tateguru 1 month ago

US$50.00 is still good money as pay per performance especially for less than 10 audiences. Ngaarege Kuda kutinzwa uyu.


1 week ago

Kkkkkk 50 gida ndo salary yetuma waitress echicken inn, chicken slice 😅😅😁



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