Shashl is a young upcoming Zimbabwean RnB artist based in South Africa. She has released a few singles including her latest song “Nomore” and she is currently working on her album which is yet to be released. We had a little chat with the song bird.
Tell us a bit about yourself. Where does the name Shashl come from?
My name is Ashleigh Angel Moyo and my stage name is Shashl. I started music when I was grade 3. I started off by playing the guitar, piano, and violin and kept on building on the instruments. I use my music to rather speak for me because I am not good at expressing my emotions through speaking. I quote “Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent” by Victor Hugo. The name came from my mother. She used to confuse me and my sister whose name is Sherris and she would randomly call me Shashly.
How and when did you know you loved music?
I actually started playing the guitar because I though it was cool walking around school with a guitar in Grade 3. I couldn’t play very well but the sound that came out after I strung the guitar related to my emotions and this made me realize that I loved music.
Do you play any instruments? If yes, which one?
I play the guitar, mbira, drums, violin, flute, saxophone and marimba.
Do you write your own material?
Yes I do. Everything is personal and if not personal it is something else that inspired me to write it.
What comes first the beat or the lyrics?
It depends on how I am feeling at that particular time. I come up with more imaginative lyrics first and then I have to fit them with a melody. I make my own beats sometimes.
Have you had your first public performance yet? If yes, how was it?
Yes I have. At News café, both South Africa and Zimbabwe and it was pretty good. I also played at Brian-Nhira’s Music Night in Borrowdale and the turnout was awesome.
What’s a day like in the life of Shashl?
Well it is pretty busy. I’m a full time musician and I don’t have a social life because its either I am in the studio or at a photo shoot.
Which artists do you love and are looking forward to collaborating with?
I so look forward to working with Tammy because she has a beautiful voice and internationally it is Ice Prince.
What do you think of the music scene in Zimbabwe?
It is slowly growing. We don’t have a lot of female musicians and there aren’t many RnB soul singers as well. You have to work super hard, you have to keep people interested in your work with new content and at the same time spend a lot of time and energy promoting the work you make. It is hard to get your music out there.
Do you have any upcoming projects that you would like your fans to know about?
I have tracks with Mr Kamera, Simba Tags, Young Nash and Brian Soko.
Where would you want to see yourself in 5 years’ time?
Bigger and better! I am based in South Africa and I want to keep Zimbabwe in the loop and to grow my music and brand.
What’s the best thing about being a woman?
You can bring life into the world and by that you making a change. We give birth to leaders and that makes the world bigger and stronger.
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