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Tariro neGitare (loosely translated, Tariro and the guitar) is a guitarist, singer and songwriter based in Harare, Zimbabwe. Her music has a g afro soul feel and exudes evident influences from artists like Oliver Mtukudzi, Sara Tavares and Tracy Chapman among others.

Born and bred in Zimbabwe, she started playing the guitar at the age of 13 at St. John’s High school, where she was taught by a German Sister Elizabeth Wedeking. She played regularly at church as well as at school.

A friend of hers, Charmaine Chitate, invited her to a Sistaz Open Mic event held at the Book Cafeacute, by Pamberi Trust under the FLAME project. It was at this platform that she linked up with Edith weUtonga (then called Edith and So What?!) and became the guitarist for the band. She continued to gain experience and played for other artists including Diana Samkange and Cathy Mhlanga.

Tariro has shared the stage with Zimbabwean artists such as Oliver Mtukudzi, Stella Chiweshe, Jah Prayzah, Victor Kunonga, and has even warmed up the stage for South African accapella group Ladysmith Black Mambazo at the Spring Strings Festival. She has also collaborated with German bands Favo and Jamaram, of which she has toured Germany in 2013 with the latter.

2013 ended on a high note seeing her having collaborations with South African Simphiwe Dana and Zahara. She welcomed 2014 by curtain-raising for legendary Bryan Adams. HIFA 2014 also presented an opportunity for her to collaborate with UK based guitarist and vocalist Josephine.

Tariro is passionate about the arts and has created a platform for other solo artists called the Wildfire Acoustic Night, a music and poetry event that has been running for the past three years through a partnership between her company Wildfire Events and the Zimbabwe German Society.

This event has groomed and exposed different artists and continues to be Harare’s premiere entertainment event. Running parallel to the Acoustic Night are the Business of Art workshops that promote artists to monetise their passion by operating their art like a business so as to gain maximum profits. Tariro is a holder of a diploma in personnel management and an honours degree in Sociology and Gender studies.

Tariro neGitare, her self-titled debut album, is a celebration of every experience that she has gone through to date, and how each experience has made her the young, vibrant woman she is today.


Tariro Ruzvidzo, a Zimbabwean guitarist, singer and songwriter is now a sensation in the media and entertainment industry as her music goes global. Tariro is attracting great attention under her new music brand “Tariro ne-Gitare” which means “Tariro and the Guitar” in the local Zimbabwe’s Shona language.

With a g afrosoul feel and evident influences from Oliver Mtukudzi, Freshly Ground, India Arie and Lauryn Hill, Tariro-ne-Gitare is a brand that came to fruition through a monthly event called the Wildfire Acoustic Nights which takes place in Harare.

“At the Wildfire Acoustic Nights I found myself musically and developed my personal brand”, said Tariro.

Tariro has shared the stage with some of Zimbabwe’s finest musicians including Edith weUtonga, Diana Samkange, Dudu Manhenga, Stella Chiweshe, Alick Macheso, Jah Prayzah, Oliver Mtukudzi, Victor Kunonga, Stunner, Ba Shupi amongst others. She has also had the opportunity to share the stage with American band Publish the Quest, German bands Favo and Jamaram.

Tariro made her debut solo performance at Harare International Festival of the Arts 2012 through the Acoustic Night, a project she founded and has been supported by the Zimbabwe German Society to promote local artists (www.acousticnight.org). She also featured at the inaugural Miombo Music Festival held just outside of Harare.

Tariro Ruzvidzo started playing the guitar while at St. John’s High School in Emerald Hill Harare, taught by a German Sister Elizabeth Wedeking in 1998.

Throughout high school she played in the guitar choir and was in the guitar club. She was very active in the choir and musical events, however never considered music as a career.

Tariro started off at the Sistaz Open Mic, where a friend, Charmaine Chitate invited her to perform. At this platform, she linked up with Edith weUtonga who immediately invited her to join her dominantly female band then known as So What?! (This later changed to Utonga).

Tariro grew from strength to strength and then partnered with an amazing vocalist called Cathy Mtezo Mhlanga and together formed the duet Juvenation. Cathy had to leave and join her husband in South Africa, so there was pressure for Tariro to start her own outfit, hence the birth of Tariro neGitare.

Tariro is still the guitarist for the band Edith-weUtonga and at the same time pursuing her brand Tariro-ne-Gitare.www.acousticnight.org

Source : Zimbabwe Standard