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Renowned Namibia-based Zimbabwean R ‘n’ B musician Royal Bee (pictured below), real name Brighton Chigwida, is in the country for his designer label launch. The label, called RB7, will be launched next month and will also coincide with the official release of his single video “It’s Your Love”. The label will be on T-shirts and hoodies, tailor-made in Turkey, China, Dubai and Zimbabwe.

In an interview with The Herald Entertainment, the talented artiste said he was happy to be back home.

“I have been in Namibia for a long time and enjoyed my stay there. My music career is growing and I am happy with the response that I am getting from Zimbabweans. I love my country and I am back with a gift – launching my designer label and at the same time releasing the official video of the track ‘It’s Your Love’, which has been gaining airplay,” he said.

Royal Bee said his designs were inspired by the love of own identity.

“As musicians we suffer from identity crisis sometimes, which somehow affects our careers. I saw the need to create my own label just like how other international stars are doing it, from clothing to perfumes. I want everything of mine to be associated with me. RB7 is the name of my clothing line – RB for my initials and 7 for the month when I was born,” he said.

The 30-year-old artiste’s video was first played last week on ZBCTV’s Hozza Friday show.

“I want to thank God that my career in my birth country has just started. Last week had a couple of interviews and I was happy when they played my video on the Hozza Friday show. That was not the launch as some might have thought as preparations for the official video release and label launch are at aanced stage. The video was shot locally and directed by Bless Gatsi of B.Identified,” he said.

He said the video had a low budget.

Royal Bee said stakeholders should support and appreciate local talent.

“The challenge I faced was airplay, but when the deejays get to sample your music they then understand what they have been missing. To be honest, Namibia has no better talent than ours. It is just that they have resources and they try to use every given opportunity to showcase their talent. It pays being an artiste in Namibia compared to Zimbabwe,” he said.

Apart from the launch project, Royal Bee is working on a seven-track album entitled “1st Mile”, which he said will be produced in Zimbabwe.

Royal Bee was born in Harare and attended Dzandura Primary School in Seke before enrolling for high school at Mandedza High School. He relocated to Namibia in 2007.

Source : The Herald