Shingai – Coming Home

You may remember Shingai Shoniwa as the singer and bass player in the Noisettes. They released great singles like Don’t Upset The Rhythm (Go Baby Go) and That Girl. If not: do yourself a favour and click the links before reading on…

The EP Ancient Futures is Shingai’s first solo release, which draws on her Zimbabwean and Bantu heritage. Coming Home is the EP’s first single. I dare you not to move your hips to its dancefloor-ready beats. BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac called it ‘bonkers pop music’, and that’s just what it is.

The video for the single is the first western music video to be shot in Zimbabwe. Shingai hopes it will challenge narrow views of Africa. She wanted to celebrate the country’s beautiful landscape rather than the usual shock horror that you read about in the news. The title Coming Home, however, is more than just literal. “It’s coming home to yourself,” says Shingai, “to a realisation of sorts, that this is the person that I want to be.”

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