SHUNGUDZO

Biography

Shungudzo Kuyimba is a strikingly original songwriter, self-taught musician, and poet with a backstory as unique as her artistry.

Shun was raised in Zimbabwe, where much of her family still lives in a village with no electricity or running water. At five, inspired by her first and still-favorite poetry book – Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham – Shun made a pact to write a poem a day for the rest of her life.  It was this same drive that earned her a spot as the youngest member of the Zimbabwe National Gymnastic team and acceptance to Stanford University at age 15 after having moved to the States only three years prior.

At Stanford, Shun studied civil engineering and sociology, but her true passion had always been music, a path, that as a first generation immigrant came riddled with challenges and seemed impossible until one day she purged her textbooks and bought a keyboard and microphone. She began to set her poetry to music, exploring a new musical vernacular, while at the same time pursuing her humanitarian interests and becoming the Editor-in-Chief of a highly regarded political news site, which influenced her perspective on world social issues, along with shaping her dexterity as an insightful and heady lyricist.

As a journalist she saved enough money to fund herself for a year so she could try an uninterrupted life in music. She spent the first three months refining her programming skills in her bedroom in Venice beach so that she could become a self sufficient artist and producer.

As an artist and songwriter, it is important to Shun that her lyrics are able to stand alone. Her songs are often about social issues and global politics – colonization, globalization and other timely topics. Her Third World-rebel themes are skillfully veiled in pop metaphors of love and compassion. Shun’s ambition through her music is to gain an influential platform to affect fundamental social, educational and political changes in her home country, and on behalf of displaced and disenchanted youth around the globe.

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Publicity Contact: Alexandra Baker, High Rise PR

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Zhavia Ward

"100 Ways" - single

Columbia

Co-Writer

Age.Sex.Location

"Elephants" - single

whatsthatsound

Co-Writer, Performer

Oliver Heldens

"Fire In My Soul (feat. Shungudzo)" - single

RCA

Performer

Age.Sex.Location

"Early To The Party" - single

whatsthatsound

Co-Writer, Vocals

Bantu, Jonas Blue

"Roll With Me (feat. Shungudzo & ZieZie)" - Single

Songs of Zimbabwe

Co-Writer, Performer

Age.Sex.Location

Beach House EP

whatsthatsound

Co-Writer, Vocals

Rudimental

"Toast To Our Differences" - Single

Asylum

Co-Writer

Alina Baraz

"I Don't Even Know Why Though" from The Color Of You

Mom + Pop

Co-Writer

Bantu

"Just a Little" feat. Shungudzo

Songs of Zimbabwe

Co-Writer, Vocals

Shungudzo

"Come On Back" from Fifty Shades Freed Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Universal/Republic

Performer

BC Unidos

"Bicycle" from Bicycle EP

Sony Music Sweden

Co-Writer, Vocals

Jessie Ware

"Love To Love," "Your Domino," and "Stay Awake" from Glasshouse

PMR Records

Co-Writer

MiC LOWRY

"Frustrations" from MOOD EP

Polydor

Co-Writer

Shungudzo

"Long Live the Billionaire" - single

Dreamers

Performer

The Chainsmokers

"It Won't Kill Ya" ft Louane from Memories…Do Not Open

Columbia

Co-Writer

Bantu

"Juice," "Holiday," "Roll With Me," and "Complicated" from Africa for the Summer

Songs of Zimbabwe

Co-Writer, Vocals

Louisa Johnson

"Best Behaviour" - single

Simco

Co-Writer

GIRLI

"Not That Girl" - single from Feel OK EP

PMR Records

Co-Writer

Little Mix

"Touch" - single from Glory Days

Syco

Co-Writer

Jim James

Eternally Even

ATO Records

Background Vocals