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Mpiwa Gail Gwindi

She is a 17-year-old Zimbabwean multi-talented performer, and a student at African Leadership Academy (ALA) in South Africa as of September 2018. Mpiwa is described as a ‘regal maestro’ in African Traditional music, and as a “unique performer of effortless stage presence.” She has a deep passion for African music, and she is steadily building momentum to becoming a successful international performer. Mpiwa aims to authenticate African culture through performing on the international stage.

D.O.B: 1 March 2001

TALENTS:

  • An African Traditional instrumentalist: plays the Mbira (a thumb African piano originating from the Shona of Southern Africa), Marimba (a deep-toned xylophone of African origin), Hosho (shakers) and Ngoma (drum)
  • An African Traditional vocalist

  • A contemporary dancer

  • A spoken word artist

  • An actress

    2018

  • National Radio interview: Capitalk’ 100.4 FM on Mpiwa’s talents and her journey to Hollywood

  • Accepted into African Leadership Academy (ALA): a learning institution in Johannesburg, South Africa, based on Entrepreneurial Activities, Leadership and African Studies. Commencing of A Level Course at ALA in September

  • Mbira, Hosho and Vocals Performance at Ugandan diplomats’ party

    2017

  • National Institute of Allied Arts (NIAA) First Grade Plus in Mbira Nyunga-Nyunga Solo in Vocal and Instrumental Eisteddfod 2017

  • NIAA Second Grade in Vocal Solo, African Traditional in Vocal and Instrumental Eisteddfod 2017

  • Spoken Word, Ngoma and Mbira Performance at Arundel School Cultural Evening

  • Spoken Word, Mbira and Vocals Performance at Miss University of Zimbabwe Pageant 2017

  • Mbira and Vocals Performance in School Play ‘If These Streets Could Speak’

    2016

  • Arundel School Prize for NIAA Honours Grade in Form 3 Prose in Literary Festival 2016

  • NIAA First Grade Plus in Marimba Solo: Intermediate in Vocal and Instrumental Eisteddfod 2016

  • NIAA Honours Grade in Form 3 Prose in Literary Festival 2016

  • Marimba Performance at ‘High School’s Got Talent’ Talent Show

  • Spoken Word Performance at ‘Week Of Transformation’ Church Camp

  • Marimba Performance at ‘Bring It On’ Talent Show

  • Mbira and Vocals Performance at ‘Bring It On’ Talent Show

  • Spoken Word Performance at ‘Bring It On’ Talent Show

  • Best Individual Act: Marimba Solo in ‘High School’s Got Talent’ Talent Show

  • Best Spoken Word Piece in ‘Bring It On’ Talent Show

  • Television interview at ‘Bring It On’ Talent Show on Mpiwa’s unique performance style with Mbira

  • National Radio interview at ZiFM Stereo106.4FM on Mpiwa’s performances with the Mbira, spoken word and vocals

  • Duo Contemporary Dance Performance in School Play: ‘Form 3 Entertainment’

    2015

  • ‘Talent For Writing’ Award for an original piece published in a Young Writer’s International Anthology: Poetopia

  • School Cultural Evening Marimba Solo Performance 2013

  • Lead (soprano) player of junior Marimba performance at HIFA 2013

    2012

  • NIAA Honours Grade in solo poetry recital in Speech and Drama Festival 2012

  • Lead (soprano) player of junior Marimba performance at Daily News newspaper launch, Harare

  • Lead (soprano) player of junior Marimba performance at Zimbabwe Olympic Committee (ZOC) Sports Awards at Meikles Hotel, Harare

  • Lead (soprano) player of junior Marimba performance at Harare International Festival of Arts (HIFA) 2012

  • Lead (soprano) player of junior Marimba Band recording at Pakare Paye Recording Studio

  • Lead (soprano) player Newspaper interview on Mpiwa’s performances at Harare International Festival of Arts (HIFA)

  • ‘Starbrite’ Zimbabwean National Talent Show Hip-Hop Dance Group Performances

  • Advancement to the Semi Finals of ‘Starbrite’ Zimbabwean National Talent Show as Hip-Hop Dance Group

    2011

  • Dominican Convent Primary School Prize for Achievement in the English Language

  • NIAA First Grade in original poem in Literary Festival 2011

    2010

  • NIAA Honours Grade in Marimba Ensemble in Vocal and Instrumental Eisteddfod 2010

    2009

  • Dominican Convent Primary School Prize for Achievement in the English Language