Davina Green is a 24 year old with a phenomenal voice.
Her singing career started very early - it was always within her. She began singing at school, church and social events from the age of 7. She grew up being inspired by artists such as Madonna, Mariah Carey and Janet Jackson. However, it is only in the last year that her dream began to manifest in incredible ways. “After dedicating a few months to writing and recording, in September 2011, I finally took a leap of faith and released my first single “Everytime” online. The response so far has been good. Allowing people to download it for free has helped in getting more people to listen to it. It’s already playing on Zimbabwean, Australian and UK radio stations. I have also performed in Cape Town, Durban and Harare”.
The road has not been easy though. In previous years, Davina took a shot at taking her creativity to the next level when she attempted to record and release her music several times, but was let down by something/someone each time. It is encouraging to learn that sometimes when we follow our passions and we fail, it doesn’t mean that we weren’t supposed to pursue our talent – it may not be the time/season for it. “Fast forward a couple of years - I decided to try again, but this time I didn’t rely on anyone to make it happen, I did it myself!”
Davina is a perfect example of a young girl with brains and creative talent under her belt. She is currently studying for a Bachelor of Laws in Durban, South Africa. She balances her studies and her music by recording and performing during the semester breaks so that when she is back at university, she focuses only on her studies.
Despite all the attention she is getting from her music, Davina’s personality comes across as one filled with humility. “It gets a little overwhelming, particularly since it’s all still very new to me. Although this career involves performing in front of and interacting with many people, I’m actually a very shy person. So when I am getting a lot of attention it can be slightly awkward. When I read articles about myself or hear a DJ talking about my song, I have to ask myself, ‘Are they really talking about me?’ I’ve managed to stay grounded mainly because I have a wonderful Mum who taught my siblings and I to be humble. Also, the fact that I know I haven’t made it keeps me very grounded. I need to stay focused, there’s still a lot to be done.”
So what would be Davina’s definition of making it? “My biggest dream for my career right now is for it to go further than Zimbabwe or Africa, I think it’s time that the world saw that Zimbabwe can also produce Rn’B stars that can mix with the best of them. I also definitely want my career and story to inspire and help others. I have always believed that we are blessed so as to become blessings to others, so whatever I achieve I need to make sure it’s also helping other people along the way”.
Like many, Davina believes that there is so much talent in the country. However, she is saddened by a prevalent belief that Zimbabweans cannot compete with other countries when it comes to Hip Hop and R&B. “We shouldn’t settle for just making it in Zimbabwe, whilst noone knows who we are anywhere else. I would also love to see more people supporting local music - buying it, listening to it and requesting it on the radio etc. For the industry to go further, I also believe artists should realise that they need to work together. It’s counterproductive for us to be focusing on silly feuds or wanting to bring each other down”.
As a young, confident woman she is such an inspiration to those who would like to pursue a path similar to hers. To them, she says “if you want something, fight for it and don’t let anyone tell you that you can't have it. Artists like Beyonce are the epitome of what a star is - whether you love or hate her, she works hard and makes sure she’s always on top of her game. I would love to be as good and as successful at what I do as she is one day..and I believe I will be".
“Believe in yourself and plan - you’ve got to see it to achieve it”. Surround yourself with like-minded positive people who encourage you and have your best interests at heart. Lastly, never stop praying, asking and thanking God for His guidance in everything you do”.
*Click here to listen to her phenomenal voice in 'Everytime'
- Facebook Fan page: free downloads of ‘Everytime’, ‘Remember’ and ‘Half the Man’
- Reverbnation: Davina Green Music
- Twitter: @Davinagreen
- Email: email@example.com
- *Watch out for Davina’s mixtape to be released later in 2012