It took me thinking that my album was done for me to realize that something was missing. And it took two social media posts for me to find exactly that something — or, rather, those someones. Meet @kudzai__m — a phenomenal marimba player living in Harare, Zimbabwe, and one of seven Zimbabweans who perform on my upcoming album. Kudzai’s marimba adds the spirit of hopefulness to the ending of “I’m not a mother, but I have children,” which is about building a world in which all children’s dreams can come true.
I chose marimba for this song because it was the first instrument that I was properly introduced to in Zimbabwe. I can’t hear it without thinking about my childhood friends and I, and all of the dreams that we had for the future. No person should have their dreams limited because of where they were born, how they look, or what privileges they were born without. No person should have their dreams limited by systemic failures, intergenerational traumas, fake borders or faker money. Every generation should live a better life than the one that came before it.
Thank you to @kudzai__m for being part of this (infinite) moment. Swipe for a closer look at the making of the song, and listen to all of “I’m not a mother, but I have children” via the link in my bio, where you can also pre-save my debut album of the same name, out June 18th. ...