She’s on the cusp of something big. Please meet our international masterclass guest, US-via-Zimbabwe songwriter and solo artist Shungudzo (aka Shun, rhymes with ‘moon’), a songwriter in high-demand who is also releasing her own music to tastemaker acclaim.
Born and raised in Zimbabwe, with no electricity or running water; at age five Shungudzo made a pact to write a poem a day for the rest of her life. Thanks to her poetry practice, she has become a strikingly original songwriter and self-taught musician and singer.
While she was accepted to Stanford University when she was just 15, and studied civil engineering there, eventually the pull of the songwriting life was too strong.
2017 was a breakthrough year of sorts for Shungudzo, with co-writes for The Chainsmokers, Little Mix and Jessie Ware.
She is also a co-writer and gets a prominent ‘feature’ on Rudimental’s latest single A Toast to Our Differences, which was just released 25 May, and is the title track from the UK group’s forthcoming album.
And then there are her own releases.
Her single Long Live the Billionaire had its world premiere on Zane Lowe’s Beats1 show in the coveted World First slot. Shortly after, when Zane made a very musical trip to Australia in December, he brought the track in to play on triple j’s new music show 2017, and it was added to the station’s playlist.
Just recently, her own track Come On Back was unveiled as part of the Fifty Shades Freed soundtrack. Yes, THAT soundtrack featuring songs by pretty much the entire top echelon of pop, i.e. Dua Lipa, Julia Michaels, Sia, Ellie Goulding and more.
She’ll be leading a masterclass at The Melbourne Sessions and we can’t wait to hear Shungudzo’s global perspective on songwriting.