Malawi’s Queen Sheba won’t change herself for anybody

Queen Sheba says she named herself after the biblical figure because Sheba was strong and powerful. “It gives me the energy and the vibe to encourage people,” she explains.

The singer, who is from Malawi but is now based in the UK, only started her singing career in 2020 but she’s clearly been a strong person herself to get where she is today:Quote Message: I’m that kind of woman who doesn’t give up. I feel when I need something I have to push, I have to work hard to get what I need.

I’m that kind of woman who doesn’t give up. I feel when I need something I have to push, I have to work hard to get what I need.Quote Message: I love music so I said to myself ‘why can’t I start singing?’ No-one was there to support me, so I said to myself ‘I have to prove to people that this is what I’m doing’ and for them to love my music.

I love music so I said to myself ‘why can’t I start singing?’ No-one was there to support me, so I said to myself ‘I have to prove to people that this is what I’m doing’ and for them to love my music.Quote Message: So I sat down and started writing songs – and I reached out to one of the musicians back in Malawi to gave him the songs and he was like, ‘this is amazing’.”

So I sat down and started writing songs – and I reached out to one of the musicians back in Malawi to gave him the songs and he was like, ‘this is amazing’.”

Queen Sheba says she was quite a wild child, going partying and modelling from a young age, much to her mother’s consternation, They came to blows and in the video for one of her songs, Zikomo Mama, Queen Sheba tells the story of how her mother once dragged her to the police station:Quote Message: Looking back I think she meant well for me so I decided to come out with something to say ‘thank you for bringing me up’.”

Looking back I think she meant well for me so I decided to come out with something to say ‘thank you for bringing me up’.”

One song the star is particularly proud of is Chiwanda. It tells the story of a woman who likes to wear revealing clothes.

Queen Sheba herself often appears very scantily clad, and has received a lot of criticism because of this:Quote Message: Our culture is all about covering yourself up and wearing long stuff but I’m a woman who appreciates myself and wants to show my body. Women should be comfortable with who they are, and accept who they are.”

Our culture is all about covering yourself up and wearing long stuff but I’m a woman who appreciates myself and wants to show my body. Women should be comfortable with who they are, and accept who they are.”

Queen Sheba intends to continue wearing as little or as much as she wants: “I’m not going to change for anybody because this is me.”

BBC Africa

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