Ruvarashe Ngwenya
Riv Ruvarashe Ngwenya, Australian-Based Musician
Ruvarashe 'Riv' Ngwenya
BornRuvarashe Ngwenya
(1992-10-10) October 10, 1992 (age 28)
Melbourne, Australia
EducationVictorian College of Arts Secondary School
  • Musician
  • Songwriter
  • Performer
Known forLion King Musical

Ruvarashe 'Riv' Ngwenya is an Australian based musician of Zimbabwean descent. Her music revolves around RnB, Jazz, Pop and Hip-hop.

Music career

Riv's passion for music developed when she was still very young. At about five, she was already showing signs of a great musician.[1] After pursuing her music talent and studying at the Victorian College of Arts Secondary School, Riv won her first major competition, the Future Leaders Jazz award and performed live at Federation Square as well as the well-known Bennetts lane jazz club.[1] Riv's gained more experience by performing at the State Schools Spectacular shows and which had crowds of up to 10 000. Riv also studied Contemporary Music at the Victorian College of Arts, where she focused on creating more original music and developing an image and sound. She graduated in 2013.[1]

Riv’s professional music career began at the Melbourne jazz venue Bennett’s Lane when she was invited to perform at the opening of the International Women’s Jazz Festival in 2009.[2] The following year Ruvarashe won the Future Leaders Jazz Award and got to perform in front of thousands of people in Federation Square as part of the Melbourne Jazz Festival. In 2010 she was selected as a solo vocalist to feature in the Shine On: State Schools Spectacular. Riv also played the role of Shenzi in the celebrated Lion King Musical in Australia.[1] she also performed at the International Women’s Jazz Festival (2009).[3]


Riv at the X Factor 2013 Auditions

Riv and Winky D Live in Melbourne

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Won't Stop Now - RIV - NEW DEBUT EP 2014

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