A Moment With… DJ Naida

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”

That statement pretty much sums up how DJ Naida feels about music. Its been in her blood for as long as she can remember. From playing the piano at school assemblies in primary and High School, to being in Chipawo, producing, rapping, singing, dancing, performing and playing the drums her life has been and continues to be an amazingly beautiful musical journey.

Says DJ Naida

All I have, all I am and all I ever hope to be is in the music…

Did we mention that she is a banker too?

Dj Naida

She took time out of her busy schedule and this to say.

What is your government name?

Colleen Danai Goredema

What do you like to call yourself?

Naida or Danai (either or works) 🙂

What is the most ridiculous nickname you have ever had?

Kodza – I absolutely HATE that name and I now ignore anyone who calls me by it! So please dont try it! lol

Which side of the bed do you sleep on?

Whatever side is closest to the wall socket (so my laptop stays plugged in) and the TV!

Are you left-handed or right-handed?

Right handed… but Im developing my left hand too. I’m trying to become ambidextrous! Just for the fun of it lol

What is your favourite instrument?

Keyboard/Piano. Ive been playing since I was in Grade 5. Self Taught too.I absolutely LOVE playing…

What is the first song you fell in love with?

Tupac – Changes. Lol I was a lil gangster…

Best concert you have ever been to?

No doubt Nneka at HIFA 2011

Of the songs you have written which one is your favourite?

H.O.M.E – Its the realest Ive ever been with myself in my music and it delves into the story behind, the why’s and the how comes.. It also highlights how important a role my mum has played in my life and in my career. I’m so thankful to have such an amazing woman as a mother. She is so supportive.

How do you deal with groupies?

I have no groupies.. Its all fam! So we cool 😉

How excited were you when the first groupie hollered at you?

Im always excited when fam hollers. I do the music thing coz I love it. The fact that I can touch someone else or impact them in such a way that I leave an imprint in their lives is an absolute BLESSING. Its humbling and so inspiring.The first time was scary, humbling and so motivational. I was actually a bit shocked too. Lol I guess sometimes you never really think how much your passion will touch people.

Where is Zimbabwean music going?

I think the quality of Zim music has improved tremendously over the years and we are now at a point where some of our music can actually compete on a regional and maybe even international stage. So our music is definitely going places!

Where is your music going?

My music is going wherever my music will take me.. My dream is to take it regional and then international but if that doesn’t work I’m still happy doing something I love so much!

What do you want to be remembered for?

I want to be remembered for my craziness! My zeal and never ending excitement for life! My ever present smile! My drive! My Passion! My Heart! And for the fact that I was always trying to go where very few dared to go… 🙂