A Moment With… Ammara Brown
Ammara Brown is the sensation of the moment, not just because she is the late Andy Brown’s daughter because she can sing dance, the lot and be the sex symbol of a new generation of Zimbabwean artists.
What can we say about the explosive rising star. She appeared in that Olivine advert with Oliver Mtukudzi in it as far back as 1997, was in studio by 2001, did backing vocals for dad’s group the Storm by 2003, won Music Crossroads in 2004, was a featured artist on South Africa’s Kwai-Jazz guru: Don Laka’s album, Invitation in 2006, studied music at COPA and graduated as an Honour with distinctions, was Top 5 in MNet’s Idols East Africa in 2008, performed at Oprah Winfrey’s school OWLAG in 2008, performed with Skwatta Camp at FIFA 2010, performed for the late Bingu Wa Mutharika (2011) and later, his successor Joyce Banda (2013), featured as an artist at Sauti za Busara held in (Zanzibar) by Chabvondoka, performed on the Same state as MiCasa at HIFA 2013 and was a part of the first LIVE streamed show in Zimbabwe, with Tehn Diamond in Fire and Ice Live. We were responsible for that one by that live stream by the way.
And in all that she has had time to give birth and take care of her son.
And she allowed us amoment out of her busy schedule to give us an interview.
What is your government name?
Ammara Nury Brown
What do you like to call yourself?
In my house I like to be called mama, and by other loved ones Mara
What is the most ridiculous nickname you have ever had?
Ammadamara. An uncle of mine always sang it whenever he’d see me. I still find it terribly goofy!
Which side of the bed do you sleep on?
The right side, in my house. In a new place; whichever is closer to the door. Lol!! It’s weird, now that I think about it, but its true.
Are you left-handed or right-handed?
I’m right handed. and I use my toes to pick up stuff ! (Both sets, but more my right set) lol! 🙂
What is your favourite instrument?
My voice! It’s the feeling of music connecting with my emotions. It’s on the inside of me, so I don’t imagine there’ll ever be anything more authentic and beautiful.
What is the first song you fell in love with?
Hmmm…I don’t remember the first song. My dad’s music was like oxygen, always there, so its hard to say which one was the first. Other artists..Salif Keita’s Ignadjidje loved it! Uncle Oliver’s “Street kid”. ..Boom shaka’s ‘its about time,‘ ..Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey ‘s When you believe!!! There it is!! That’s the one!! I wanted to sing something that powerful one day.
Best concert you have ever been to?
A lot of the concerts I’ve loved, I’ve been in. .So if not, then Destiny’s Child on their TRL Tour! I was 12, living in Colorado. What I loved is that they were as good live as they were on their recordings. The stage was massive and they owned it! They crowd was in the thousands and they captured us all. I was genuinely inspired.
Of the songs you have written which one is your favourite?
I love all my songs because they serve different purposes. My favorite sad song, mmh.. I’m stuck between , ”Ode to mama” and “I Release Us”. I tend to write better when I’m utterly heart broken. My happy song favorite is easily Khameel’s Kick. The melody came to me like a premonition before I even became pregnant. My favorite sexy song is More Sugar daddy. Its got the right dose of shock value and yet socially responsible.
How do you deal with groupies?
Tsaw the groupies. Glorified love bugs. They’re usually fans with the “hots” for me, who also know there’s nothing they can do about it. They tend to keep a level of respect, so most times I have no problems. If I have a problem, I remind in a few ways, that I’m just a human being. Fans, on the other hand, are an absolute blast! They stop me in the stores, in the restrooms, restaurants and after the shows, and I am happy to listen to whatever wisdom they have to share, love they have to show, or picture they HAVE to take with me J Ever so often a fan has a story to tell me of how I’ve influenced their life in some positive way. I love Ammartians!
How excited were you when the first groupie hollered at you?
Well if you mean Ammartians, the first one to ever ask for my autograph was an American classmate of mine. She had heard me sing a solo in the school production and “Please sign this?!!! Its gonna be worth so much one day! You performance was amazing!” I was 12, so I thought she was crazy at the time. NOW I GET IT!!! LOL!!
Where is Zimbabwean music going?
I think Zimbabwean music will only be explosive when the artists embrace the fact that we’re not each other’s competition. We make fantastic music! Honestly some of the best to leave the continent. Wherever I go, I feel like I’m opening doors., and whenever other artists tour, they are doing the same. We’re all changing, shaping and promoting the brand of Zimbabwean music.
Where is your music going?
My music is fusion by true definition, but Afro-pop/RnB. It surpasses borders and just gets to the spirit of the moment. The sound is growing and evolving with me and my fans. My songs are the soundtrack to our lives.
What do you want to be remembered for?
First and foremost, I want my son to remember me as the best mom in the world! Lol! As for the rest of the world, I want them to remember me as the performer that changed the face, sound and perception of African musician across the board. I have so many ambitions as a humanitarian, and I hope my career can afford me the opportunities to implement as many of them as possible.