I caught up with Tiara Baluti and got to know her a bit better. After releasing that super remix to her song ‘Ndavapedzera’ that featured big names, I felt this diva should not go unnoticed.
Who is Tiara?
Tiara Baluti is a Zimbabwean rapper, also half Zambian. Born in Harare and raised in Chipukutu Park, Ruwa. She first entered the music industry in late 2015 so this is my second year and I don’t see myself slowing down anytime soon.
You’re so classy and girly, why music and not tv or modelling and the like?
I chose music because it gives a soul to the universe, wings to my mind, flight to the imagination and life to everyone. A song can evoke feelings from years back . That’s the power of music and I love it because of that.
What drives you and who do you look up to?
Meeting set targets within deadlines, as it gives me a sense of accomplishment and it’s something that I can look back on and say “I achieved that”.
I look up to my mum ( may her soul rest in peace). She set a good example and footsteps l would like to follow. I’m forever grateful to her.
What’s it like being under the spotlight? Guys crush on you, lots of other people probably hate what you’re trying to do etc. Has it been manageable?
I feel like a queen, l love attention like most females. I wanna look and sound good and get recognized for that but I keep myself well composed, be it on stage or off stage. I get alot of DMs and I don’t reply unless it’s my genuine fans, #TeamTiaraBaluti . I don’t mind if people are talking good or bad about me. All I want is for them to talk about Tiara Baluti. Remember there’s no such thing as bad publicity.
Your favorite song(s) of all time?
Tupac – Changes
Michael Bolton – Said l loved You
50 Cent – Many Men
Kudzai Sevenzo – l don’t know why
If you could do a collaboration with an international artist on a song, who would it be with?
DJ Khaled, because he makes hits, finds hits and puts hits out. He is the definition of Unity in the industry because he has brought forward the best collaborations in hip hop ever.
Local celebrity crush? Also add an international one.
MC Cut and Tory Lanez
Do you think hip hop will someday be as big as gospel and dancehall in Zimbabwe?
Yes, l think so. Hip-hop is slowly dominating the radio and it has the biggest quality in terms of videos. The culture is taking over even in the corporate world. e.g Brian Soko done us proud with a Grammy award
What would you change about the current state of the genre?
Pray for the investors to jump in and help the genre get to an income generating level so that artists cannot just be famous for making good music but also make ends meet.
Any offering on the way that we can look out for?
I am dropping a new jam which features an SA artist. Im also working on completing my album and shooting 3 more videos.
Any shout outs?
Team Tiara Baluti
Serious Crew Records
Bars263 Miss Mars
Miss Baluti has just released a new song called Bad Gyal Flex that features Simba Tagz. If you like to party, and want to understand what she’s all about, this is the proof.