Audius Mtawarira

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Adius Mtawarira
Adius Mtawarira is one of the pioneers of the Urban Grooves music, a multi-award winning artiste and one of Zimbabwe's finest singer, song writer and producer who made a name among the best producers in Australia. He is an internationally recognized artiste having written and produced songs for renowned artists such as Flo Rida, Ludacris, Stan Walker and Jessica Mauboy.[1]


Biography

He was born on the Jan 1, 1977 in Harare. He is married and have two children - Shona and Audius jnr. His father Augustine Mtawarira who succumbed to diabetes died in 2012 prompting the dread-locked artist to end his 14-year glamorous stay in Australia and come back to permanently settle in Zimbabwe.[2]


Music career

He started his music at high school singing and playing drums in the Peterhouse Boys school choir. Audius, who was taught to play the guitar by his father,[3] announced his grand entrance into the music scene in 2002 after releasing his debut album 'Audius'. The album carried the top-chatting 'if only you knew' that was accompanied by a sizzling video short in Australia. The song has over 41,000 views on YouTube. The soft-spoken artist, started recording while he was only 18,[4] after migrating to Australia to pursue his studies.

In Australia

Audius worked for international music record producers in Australia since 1999. He became an in-house producer for Sony Music headquarters in Australia a position which led him to write and produce music for several top musicians including Flo Rida and Ludacris. He held this position until 2007. He then went to work for Sony ATV as a music director and artiste developer till 2011 when he ended his publishing contract with them. He is still signed to Universal Music Publishing (UMP) worldwide although he is now based in Zimbabwe.


Albums

He has released four albums -

  1. Audius (2002)
  2. Ever After (2003)
  3. Music and Me (2005)
  4. Day Like This (2008


References

  1. Tarisai Machakaire Zim music industry has long way to go: Audius, 'DailyNews', Published: 26 November 2013, Retrieved:28 March 2014
  2. Brenda Phiri ‘Home is best’, 'Herald', Published: 12 July 2013, Retrieved: 28 March 2014
  3. Audius Mtawarira Mourns Dad, pens song in his memory, Herald, Posted: 27 March 2012, Retrieved: 28 Marh 2014
  4. Audius,Discogs Retrieved:28 March 2014