Empress Shelly

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Empress Shelly
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Empress Shelly
Background information
Birth name Shalvin Kundai Chakwada
Born (1992-11-19) November 19, 1992 (age 24)
Harare, Zimbabwe
Genres Zimdancehall
Occupation(s) Zimdancehall Artist
Years active 2009 - present

Empress Shelly is a Zimbabwean Zimdancehall artist based in Chitungwiza.


Empress Shelly was born on 19 November 1992. Her real name is Shalvin Kundai Chakwada.[1]

Personal Background

Empress Shelly is the first-born child in a family of two girls. She was raised by her grandmother, Janet Chagwada.[2] She started having interests in music as a little girl and was in the school choir at primary school.[2] In 2005 she won the best vocalist prize at a school musical event. At 17 Shelly developed an interest in the dancehall type of music and decided to venture into Zimdancehall as a genre of choice but first had to finish her educational studies before she could fully commit herself to it.[2]

Music career

Shelly is part of the Legendary Musiq Unruly Zimdancehall clan and she is also referred to as the Unruly Queen. Shelly has done collaborations with various Zimdancehall artists including Badman, Killerman, Ninja Lipsy, Diana Samkange and others. She has recorded her music with renowned music production houses such as Chill Spot Records and Bodyslam Records. [2]

In 2011 she started working with Zimdancehall artists Newton "Badman" Gwanangura of Top Shatta Records.[2] After Badman relocated to South Africa at the end of 2012 she went solo and later in 2013 joined Legendary Musiq Unruly and did her first track on the Blackout Riddim the same year. Shelly has shared the stage with the likes of Seh Calaz, Ricky Fire, Dhadza D, Guspy Warrior, Lady Thunder and other top Zimdancehall artists.[2]

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A song by Ninja Lipsy that features Empress Shelly.



  • Shelly has said she draws her inspiration from Zimdancehall artist Tocky Vibes[2]
  • Shelly reads Shona novels a lot to ensure that her lyrics have deeper meaning for her fans.[2]

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  1. , About,Empress Shelly Facebook Profile,retrieved:3 Jun 2015"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Nyasha Mutena, Empress Shelly building empire in Zim Dancehall, Sunday Mail, Retrieved:24 January 2014, Published:7 December 2014