Ammara Brown

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Singer Ammara Brown
Ammara Brown, Amara Brown, Havarare
Born Ammara Nury Brown
(1988-09-06) September 6, 1988 (age 28)
Harare, Zimbabwe
Citizenship Zimbabwe
Years active 2001 - present
Children Khameel
Parents Andy Brown & Soraya Khan
Relatives Devona, Shahla, Alexander, Chengeto, Chiedza, Ushe, Jason, Andy Brown Junior and Alzaeed
Awards Music Crossroads - 2004


Ammara Brown is a Zimbabwean female singer (Afro-pop/RnB), song writer, actress and brand ambassador. She is the daughter of iconic Zimbabwean singer Andy Brown. Born in Harare, Zimbabwe, she started her career in the 1990s, debuting in a TV commercial together with Oliver Mtukudzi. Her musical career began at the tender age of 13 when she made her first demo song [1] for her parents and joined her father's band, The Storm in 2003 as a backing vocalist.[1]

Brown affectionately refers to her fans as Ammartians.[2]

Background

Ammara Nury Brown was born on September 6, 1988 to Andy Brown and Soraya Khan in Harare, Zimbabwe. She is the second born of her father's 10 children and first between her mom and dad.[3] Her parents divorced in 1994, after which she moved with her mother to the USA at age 10 for four years. She studied at Alameda High School between 2002 and 2003.[4] On her return to Zimbabwe she studied at Westridge High School [4] where she completed her high schooling.

Career

1988 - 2005

Ammara was thrust into the music field as early as 3 years old.[5] Her first taste of fame came in the form of an Olivine cooking oil TV commercial in 1997,[6] where more popular Oliver Mtukudzi would sing the jiggle for the advert that would be remembered many years later.[7] At age 9, Brown learnt how to play the Mbira[8] (a traditional musical instrument), and has experience in playing the piano as well.[5]

At age 13, she was a member of the Martin Luther King Choir. She later went on to produce her first demo song which she gave to her parents. Her father reportedly broke down in tears when he received the demo song.[1] She was later allowed to join her father's musical band, The Storm whilst only 15.[1]

In 2004, Ammara won the regional Music Crossroads, and later went on to study music at College of Performing Arts (COPA) and attained honours with distinctions.[6]

Early Music

Being the daughter of a Zimbabwean music legend, Ammara will always be compared to the late great Andy Brown, even though she prefers to sing a fusion of Afro/Pop music.[6] She has performed backing vocals to her father's band, The Storm, and has made her own performances with various artists.

Brown first signed up for Gallo Records[5] (later renamed to Zimbabwe Music Corporation),[9] which was a record label that her father was also signed up to.[10]

2006 then onwards

Ammara made it to the top 10 of Idols East and Southern Africa in 2008, being one of 5 Zimbabweans and was eventually eliminated, taking 5th position.[6] In 2010, she performed at the FIFA soccer World Cup in South Africa along side Flabba from Skwatta Kamp.[1] She has also performed before Malawian presidents Bingu Wa Mutharika and Joyce Banda.[11]

Ammara has performed on the same stage with acts such as Mi Casa at the Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA), Skwata Kamp,[11] P-Squared,[12] Winky D and Tehn Diamond.

During the 2013 edition of the Lion Lager Beer Festival attended by Nigerian singer, D'banj, Ammara made a surprise appearance on stage and twerked for D'banj.[13]

In June 2014, she caused a stir following the release of her album cover which accompanied her single titled Crucify Me. The album cover depicted a creature like a woman crucified on a cross and a head of a crow or an eagle on a cross.[14] This garnered criticism from religious fanatics who argued that she was mimicking the crucifixion of Jesus. Ammara argued that the song together with the album cover was all about a woman cheating on a man without any religious connotations.[14]

Discography

Songs & Collaborations

  1. Night of the Queen
  2. More Sugar Daddy
  3. Kure Kure (collaboration with Jah Prayzah)
  4. Mafaro (Ft Andy Brown)
  5. Hotta (Ft Naked DJ)
  6. I release you
  7. Khameel’s kick
  8. Ndichakusuwa
  9. Hustlers Yoga (ft Tehn Diamond)
  10. Crucify Me
  11. Havarare
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Personal life

Brown states that she has witnessed abuse,[15] while other sources state that she was the subject of abuse.[2] She is a single mother, having had a son, Khameel, with a dancer of Angolan origin and now just refers to him as her "baby daddy".[5]

Barely two weeks after her father's death she caused a stir by announcing that the house that belonged to her late parents must be sold as per their wishes.[16]

She is also alleged to have had an affair with Jah Prayzah, with whom she had a musical collaboration - Kure Kure. She denied the allegations, stating that they were just friends. She emphasized that she would never wreck Jah Prayzah's marriage.[17]

In June 2014, Brown confirmed that she was in love with Roki, a controversial Urban Grooves musician. It was reported that, the two were planning to get married.[18] It was however reported that Ammara turned down Roki's proposal, although she did not dispell rumours that the two were having a relationship.[19] In January 2015, Ammara announced that the two were just friends.[20] The details of their break up however remained sketchy.

Pictures

Videos

Wachu Want - Ammara Brown ft. Chengeto Brown


Mukoko by Tytan and Ammara Brown (Official Music Video)


With Chengeto Brown in the studio


Kure Kure ft Jah Prayzah


Speaks on relationship with Roki


Oliver Mtukudzi gives Ammara Brown standing ovation


HAVARARE (LIVE PERFORMANCE) - AMMARA BROWN


Queen Mashie - Mapurisa Feat. Ammara


Ammara Brown - Night of The Queen




Higher Take fizzo Ft Ammara & King Ngugi


Ammara Brown at Shoko 2014


Roki - Number 1


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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Brenda Phiri, Ammara's Life After Andy, The Herald, Published: 1 Feb 2013, Retrieved: 9 Mar 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 AMMARA BROWN: I'M NOT IN LOVE WITH JAH PRAYZAH, Mafaro, Published: Jan 2014, Retrieved: 16 Mar 2014
  3. Andy Brown may actually be declared National Hero, Zimeye, Published: 19 Mar 2013, Retrieved: 9 Mar 2014
  4. 4.0 4.1 Ammara Brown, Ammara Brown Facebook Profile, Artist's Facebook Profile, Retrieved 9 Mar 2014
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Mtandazo Dube, . . . and the beat goes on, The Sunday Mail, Published: 30 Sep 2012, Retrieved: 9 Mar 2014
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 A Moment With… Ammara Brown, Three Men on a Boat, Published: 23 Aug 2013, Retrieved: 9 Mar 2014
  7. Sithandekile MaGida, Celebrity marketing: Cutting through the clutter Southern Eye, Published: 31 Jan 2014,Retrieved: 9 Mar 2014
  8. Ammara misses tragic Sam, The Standard, Published: 22 Oct 2011, Retrieved: 9 Mar 2014
  9. Fred Zindi, Zim's unsung heroes, The Herald, Published: 27 Aug 2013, Retrieved: 16 Mar 2014
  10. Zimbabwe Music Corporation, Believe Digital, Retrieved: 16 Mar 2014
  11. 11.0 11.1 Sharon Muguwu, Andy Brown roars from grave, Daily News, Published: 15 Jun 2013, Retrieved: 16 Mar 2014
  12. Kundai Marunya, Amara Brown in Maiden Beer Fest, The Zimbabwean, Published: 18 Sep 2012, Retrieved: 16 Mar 2014
  13. Tarisai Maringire, Ammara Brown Twerks For D`banj, News of the South, Published:28 October 2013, Retrieved:12 January 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 Simbarashe Manhangi, Ammara Brown sparks controversy with album cover, NewsDay, Published:13 January 2014, Retrieved:12 January 2014
  15. Ammara Brown Facebook Page Ammara Brown Facebook Page, Ammara Brown Facebook Page, Published: 3 Dec 2013, Retrieved: 16 Mar 2014
  16. Ammara to sell Andy’s house, The Standard, Published: 31 Mar 2012, Retrieved: 16 Mar 2014
  17. I’m not Jah Prayzah’s small house: Ammara Brown, Nehanda Radio, Published: 16 Jan 2014, Retrieved: 16 Mar 2014
  18. Ammara, Roki to wed, The Herald, Published:30 June 2014, Retrieved:12 January 2015
  19. Ammara Brown turns down Roki's marriage proposal, African Diaspora, Published: 1 Jul 2014, Retrieved: 12 January 2015
  20. Ammara Brown, Facebook, Published: January 22, 2015, Retrieved: January 22, 2015