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Zimbabwean artist getting a career break in Poland

Ashta Eez

Up-and-coming Zimbabwean musician Ashta Eez has told the BBC how being one of the very few African perfomers in Poland has been great for her career.

Eez inititially found it difficult to break into the music industry in her native Zimbabwe.

“What was very hard for me was dealing with prejudice because most underground producers don’t take women seriously,” she told DJ Edu, host of the BBC’s This Is Africa show.

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She eventually managed to gain traction by posting videos of herself dancing on social media.

Her single Ayeye held the top spot on Zimbabwean station Star FM’s music chart for five weeks.

After being chosen as a support act for popular Zimbabwean musicians like Freeman HKD and Amara Brown, Eez left the country to study in Poland.

The move was one of the best things to happen to her career, she said. As one of the few African artists in the eastern European country, she has been receiving lots of offers to open for superstars from the continent when they perform in Poland.

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These include Nigerian hitmaker Omah Lay and Eswatini’s ampaniano darling Uncle Waffles.

On supporting these two musicians, Eez said: “I felt a lot of emotions, I was nervous and excited at the same time.”

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