Tarisai Vushe
Tarisai Kunashe Vushe, Zimbabwean-Australian-Based Musician
Tarisai Vushe
Other namesKunashe
  • Musician
  • Song writer
Years active2001 to present
Known forAustralian Idol

Tarisai Vushe is a Zimbabwean born award-winning musician based in Australia. She rose to fame in 2001 when she started to feature on musical and television shows in Australia.


Born Tarisai Kunashe Vushe, the singer was travelled from Zimbabwe to Australia in her mid-teens with her mother and was determined to perfect her skills as a performer, whilst studying hard at school to ensure a place at university.[1]

Music career

To contribute to her already outstanding talents, she studied several styles of dance including hip hop, jazz, African, and belly dancing; and also participated in a talent development project between 2003 and 2004.[1]

Her music began to penetrate the Austrian scene through channel sevens Big Arvo in 2001. In 2007, she was presented with a lifetime opportunity when she became a household name, starring on channel tens Australian Idol, making a heroic feat of qualifying into the top 5. She won the hearts of many through her heartening ballades such as Whitney Houstons ‘I have nothing’, and ‘River Deep, Mountain High’.[1]

In her unmistakably blooming music career, Tarisai has worked with some of biggest names in the Australian entertainment industry including David Caplice, John Foreman, David Champion, & Producer Audius Mtawarira. Tarisai also signed a record deal with independent label, Tommirock Records, whilst she was in the process of writing and recording her debut album with ARIA charting producer Tom Williams.[1]

Her career received a major boost in 2008 when she sang at a New Year's eve concert in Sydney and later sang one of her own songs at a martial arts event there.[2] That March she went on tour with South African band Malaika and later performed in the Macao gambling center near Hong Kong.[2] In 2014, Tarisai landed a new role in the Disney Musical “The Lion King”. In this musical group, she landed a total of three roles covering Shenzi and Rafiki and she was also part of the ensemble.[3] These achievements by Vushe indicate that she is arguably one of the most successful Zimbabweans performing in International talent shows.


  • 2010 :Afro Australian Music and Movie Awards for the best single of the year (Head Over Heels).
  • 2010: Afro Australian Music and Movie Awards for the Best vocalist.[1]


  1. Head Over Heels: (single, 2007)
  2. Set Me free: April 2010[1]
Related Profiles You Might Want to See


Offical Video, Set Me Free
Head Over Heels
Somebody To Love
If I Were Your Woman-Australian Idol


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Tarisai Vushe, ABOUT TARISAI,Tarisai Vushe Facebook Page, retrieved:5 Mar 2015"
  2. 2.0 2.1 , Australian-based Zimbabwean-Born Singer Tarisai Vushe Moves Out With Single,Voice of America, retrieved:5 Mar 2015"
  3. , Zimbabwean singer lands role in Lion King musical,Nehanda Radio, published:1 Apr 2014,retrieved:5 Mar 2015"