Namatayi (full name: Namatayi Mubariki-Chipanga) was born March 25, in Zambia Livingstone and is a Christian, a musician and a wife - married to Charles Chipanga (the marimba maestro) Not only is she an exceptional vocalist, Namatayi Chipanga also quite possibly is the best female percussionist in Zimbabwe’s gospel industry. The following are some of her notable achievements;
She has a Diploma in Paramedics which she did in 2001 – 2002 She did Vocal training at St Georges college in 2002 Professional singing for Namatayi started in 2002 and since then she has sang with Tango, Tanga WekwaSando, Africa Revenge, Prudence Katomeni-Mbofana, Mahube, Steve dyer among many artists. The greatest period of her singing career has been the long stint with award winner Oliver ‘Tuku’ Mtukudzi (2003-2011). Womad Canary Islan 2003, Winnipeg Folk Festival 2005, Womadrid Spain Casa De Campo 2005, African Festival of the Arts Chicago 2006, Floyd Festival 2008, Intl Nuits D’Afrique Montreal 2010, Zanzibar Intl Film Festival 2011, HIFA Zimbabwe 2011 and MOSHITO South Africa 2015 are some of the world class festivals that Namatayi has been honored to parade her talents. Namatayi also shared the stage with the popular Lucky Dube, George Benson, Awilo Longoma, Salif Keita, Papa Wemba, Joe Thomas, Baba MaaL, Habib Koite, Hugh Masekela, Auntie Dorothy Masuka, UB 40 and Thomas Mapfumo while with Oliver Mtukudzi. Namatayi (Nam) and Charles (Chale) Chipanga together birthed Chalenam Rhythms, their own band and June 2011 saw them release their first album Prayer Expose which is a rich album that combines jazz, ethnic and contemporary music into a stylized musical cocktail able to satisfy the taste of any music connoisseur. And has received much air play internationally. In 2012 Chalenam Rhythms (Charles & Namatayi Chipanga) established the Gospel Hub which is an initiative founded to provide a forum for Christian Artists to help develop and present original live music. 2013 Namatayi produced an uncompromised high quality and unique home grown sound product that identifies with Zimbabwe and commands an international standard listenership with her own album “Grace Moments” which is topping musical charts around the world. She took a leading role rather than the usual "backing or dancing queen".
She plays instruments (ngoma, hosho, congas,mbira) that may be deemed man's and she perfects them. She is at the fore-front of change in attitude fusing traditional Zimbabwean roots with a plethora of different genres to create an intoxicating, captivating and indeed organic sound that lifts the spirit. Namatayi is the Vocal Teacher at Zimbabwe College of Music since 2015. September 2016 they toured USA – Dallas Texas, Atlanta Georgia with their African rhythm as Chalenam Rhythms. A praise and worship leader and has mentored several young women and trained them vocally in churches like Tabernacle of Grace for no fee because she has the passion for what she does professionally and would want to see more young ladies with the same talent excel. Namatayi is passionate in everything music. She helps women in the same industry balance the duties of music and what the society expects, Demarcating Music as a Ministry and as a business, and share how she manages to work with her husband as a professional equal partner and achieve goals. With her experience Namatayi holds conferences and engages the community and the artist by educating them on Copyright law, royalties, Medical life assurance for artists, detail in contacts and payment for "Needle-time" to band members which really is a world standard. As with all musicians presentation is key and in women it’s with make-up for performance and everyday make-up appearance. Namatayi is a qualified make-up artist who does her own make-up and husbands’ as well as hired to do other artists. She was also nominated in the same year as one of the finalists of 2013 Women in Enterprise Awards.
With an array of vast experiences for more than a decade in the music scenes Africa has found a young woman who is proud of her womanhood and the talent that God gave her. She has found purpose for our future Zimbabwean woman artist and is giving them hope that they can make it. What has kept her going is Galatians 6:9 “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”