November 24, 1984
Cindy Rufaro Munyavi (Born November 24, 1984), is a Zimbabwean singer, songwriter known mostly for her tracks Parere Moyo Ndidzorere Moyo Wangu. She has been doing music since early 2000s. Apart from her music career, Cindy is also a budding businesswoman. She entered the music industry with the release of her album in 2006 which was titled Kukuda/Loving you
Having launched her career with the release of the album kukuda in 2006, Cindy went on to release other albums and songs which received widespread airplay and some won awards. Soon after its release, her debut album was nominated for two NAMA AWARDS and in one of the categories she was nominated together with legendary Oliver Mtukudzi who was the eventual winner. Munyavi also realised a lot of success with the release of her second album titled "The Groove Theory", the album propelled to new heights which included regional collaborations and more award nominations plus performances with international artistes. Besides having made successes working on her own on most of her songs, Cindy also released several songs with other prominent musicians. One of the stand out collaborations that Cindy did was with Nox Guni titled "Ngatisanyadzise". She also did other collaborations with the likes of featuring Roki and Jnr Brown on the track "Ndini Ndinaye", "Shaina neni" with Mudiwa Hood.
Munyavi has also had some major performances with internationally acclaimed artistes. The list includes Grammy Award winning artiste Beenie Man in 2010 as well as supporting act for Akon, Sean Paul and the Jamaican dancehall group TOK. She also collaborated with top African artists, 2face Idibia, Bongani Fassie, Ishmael. Cindy Munyavi also performed at the Big Brother Amplified Eviction ceremony on the 27th of May 2011.
Kumabhebhi Masquerade Concert
"Kumabhebhi" is a platform which allows female artistes to perform on their own and showcase their talent as female artistes. Cindy is said to have made great performances wowing the crowd with songs such as One way, Hande and Nerudo. It was reported that Cindy was overwhelmed with the response from the crowd and she was quoted as having said
Everything went well, I personally loved it, we wanted a concert situation whereby people will be seated enjoying the music and this is exactly what we got. We didn’t want people all over the place. I am also grateful with the turnout, it was encouraging. When we launched Kumabhebhi we wanted people to get out of their houses to see what women are doing, we wanted to have a combined effort and prove that women can do it.
Apart from her music career, Cindy Munyavi also ventured into the fashion industry by opening a boutique in 2014. She was quoted as having said that fashion had always been her dream and that it had been a childhood dream. Interestingly she actually made claims that she never wanted to be a musician but that she had ventured into the industry as a result of peer pressure.
- Victors Award for Sounds of the Future (2012)
- First runner up award in arts and culture for WOMEN IN ENTERPRISE CONFERENCE and AWARDS
Cindy also won the Best Female in Southern Africa AFRIMA award at a ceremony that was held in Nigeria. On receiving the award she exclaimed
Mwari vakanaka hamawe...Mukombe... thank you for all your support... we brought the afrima (All Africa Music Award) for the best female artiste for Southern Africa...I cant contain my joy
- Best urban Groover 2010,
- Outstanding video 2011
- Zim Dancehall Best female Artist category in 2010.
Cindy has two albums to her name as well as a number of singles. She made waves with her rendition of Simon Chimbetu's "One way"
- The groove theory - (2010)
- Kukuda/Loving you (2006)
- Ndidzorere Moyo Wangu
- Ndini Ndinaye featuring Roqui and Jnr Brown
- Shaina Neni with Mudiwa Hood
- Nguva Ichauya with Nox
- Parere Moyo
Cindy Munyavi sings during Miss Carnival
Cindy Munyavi with Mai Chisamba
Cindy Munyavi at ZIMA awards in 2014
Cindy Munyavi at ZiFM Stereo
Cindy Munyavi with owner of ZiFM Stereo Supa Mandiwanzira
Cindy Munyavi with Dudu Manhenga