Chronicles of the Cabaret Queen

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.. A step that defies what your life becomes and what the rest of the world will know you for. When the rest of the world looked puzzled and had questions about the new millenium, it marked the beginning of her dream, her ambition and how passion and love resulted in her being the best. It is during the period that her path to stardom matured.

Iam a strong believer in some things are taught,many other things are CAUGHT

In what looked like a gap year to many , it marked the start of a career which she had loved since childhood. A career she had always dreamn’t of being on stage entertaining and making waves.With Advanced level distinctions in her bag some would have thought she was to choose another career path, but she chose the stage and settled for it.

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For the past 15 years, she has done nothing but Sing,Act,Produce,Direct and Write.Her rich creative history tells tales of hardwork,passion,love and belief.Her creativity sparked headlines her talent paid bills.Her artistry has made her a darling of the show buzz.Born in Zimbabwe  two years after the countries independence Mandi Mash have made incredible strides and her footprints have left unerasable prints as she has belted quality work oneafter another.

Mandi Mash
Mandi Mash

FACT FILE

Name: Mandipa Tinzwei Mashingaidze

Stage Name: Mandi Mash

D.O.B :17-08-82

Star sign: Leo

Works: Singer, Director,Theatre Produce,Perfomance Trainer,Cabaret Director/Writer,Talent Co-ordinator/Director and Stage Mnager

We sat down for a conversation about her love for art,how she ended up in Botswana and how she grew from a singer to a producer,writer and Director. It is during the moment i stumble upon papers about her other theatre works among them Annie,Bye bye Birdie both by Stuart White Production.

Mandi Mash
Mandi Mash

She takes us through her journey that started when she wrote her first song at age 9. She chronicles her journey which has made her help over 10 000 children over the years. Mandi is hard at work as she sets to premier one of her works in Bulawayo. This will be her first production home. She has also developed a Cabaret Kids Club and has been running it for the last 3 yearshe trained kids how to sing,public speaking,creative writing and dancing.

cabaret kids club
cabaret kids club

She grew up in Bulawayo went to Townsend High School. Their home was next with popular Dj Felix The Cat introduced her to a lady who was looking for girls to form a band. Their perfomances in restuarants, hotels and private functions made waves for the group and eventualy the group  got a contract in Botswana.

Mandi Mash
Mandi Mash
Mandi Mash
Mandi Mash

It is how life in Botswana started for Mandi. Botswana became home as their contracts got renewed she grew from a singer as she made her way to co-produce and manage Botswana’s only reality show MY AFRICAN DREAM. For 12 years she worked with young talents during that time she met legends like PJ Powers,Vicky Sampson and Mara Louw just to name but a few.

zuri

Her Journey hasn’t been a rosy tale, without an Arts or Theatre school background she has self taught herself most things that she uses to make her work visible. “I have learnt from people i have met people who helped me now i know how to do marketing,for shows advertising and public relations” She believes in that in order to survive in the arts one aught to be strong tenacious to never give up in order to achieve. Dont be sensitive take constructive criticism and learn from it and never be offended easily.

Shaken but not stirred cast
Shaken but not stirred cast

Using her background stage drama, music and writing in 2009 she put a cast together to perform Cabaret scripts. The idea was to bring a new exciting culture of stage drama and this has been well received in Botswana.To date she has directed and produced 9shows incluiding being the opening act for Kenny Wizz who is the official Las Vegas Michael Jackson Impersonator.

Mandi Kenny Wizz who is the official Las Vegas Michael Jackson Impersonator
Mandi Kenny Wizz who is the official Las Vegas Michael Jackson Impersonator

Productions

Annie-Actress-Stuart White Production

Bye Bye Birdie-Actress-Stuart White Production

My Funny Valentine-Director, Choreographer and Producer

Shaken but not stirred-Director, Choreographer and Producer

Mandi On Myfunny valentine
Mandi On Myfunny valentine
Cast on Shaken but not stirred
Cast on Shaken but not stirred

Shacken but not stirred has gave her a huge following. The Cabaret production which is fun interactive,entertaining with song humour,sassy and sex have left many talking. The 90 minutes production which is set in the cocktail bar gives reality in the most blunt but hillarious way.Women are easily shacken but the production urges them not to be stirred says Mandi with a smile as she talks about the production which have made headlines in the Kalahari and is set to be a star attraction as it premiers in Bulawayo soon.

Cast on Shaken but not stirred
Cast on Shaken but not stirred

It wouldn’t be fair to talk about the Chronicles of the cabaret Queen without mentioning the soothing experience she had in 2010-2011 as she worked as a Director and Producer of the President of Botswana Concert.

The reality show junky mother to Zuri, draws her inspiration from hardworkers,inspired by dreams and dreaming. Believes in shocking people and being a trendsetter. Simon Cowell and Michael Jackson stand to be individuals who have made her want to do her work with so much energy and creativity. Mandi Mash believes in that some things are taught, many other things are CAUGHT.

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