By Nicholas Jason Lopez
Zimbabwean soul/pop singer Tapiwa “Taps” Mugadza unveiled the music video for his single “Dance All Night” back this past April, which marked a new chapter for the musician, notable for his third place finish in the “Zimbabwean Idol” competition and being given the honor of “Outstanding Artist” from the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, Calif..
A writer of his own music, he has also gotten to work with world-renowned producers like T-Collar, Moose, Pip Kembo, Boi-1da and Quincy Jones. His music has been featured in TV series such as “Criminal Minds” and “EXTRA,” where he performed live.
Also highly praised for his covers frequently featured on his YouTube page, you can check out his version of Adele’s “Easy On Me” below, which has already garnered 16K views as of press time.
The Music Bugle had the chance to talk with him about what he has been up to lately and more.
Music Bugle – What has been your hardest challenge lately?
Taps – Right now, I would say staying motivated.
Music Bugle – What was your goal for your single “Dance All Night”?
Taps – I wanted to create a song that would make people happy!
Music Bugle – Did the video for “Dance All Night” come out how you hoped?
Taps – Given the circumstances, it did! Originally, the goal was to shoot it back home, but I was unable to.
Music Bugle – Does social media help or hurt musicians?
Taps – I would say it’s a two-way sword that helps and hurts.
Music Bugle – What makes you the most proud about where you come from?
Taps – The people! There is something amazing about Zimbabwean people.
Music Bugle – What excites you the most about your style of music?
Taps – It’s unapologetically me.
Music Bugle – What has been your proudest accomplishment?
Taps – Being able to do what I love and create music.
Music Bugle – Who are you listening to right now, music-wise?
Taps – I am listening to The 1975 and Rascal Flatts. Generally, I tend to focus on listening to a few artists or songs. I don’t usually listen to a lot at once.
Music Bugle – What’s a quote that motivates you to keep doing what you do?
Taps – “Carpe diem – seize the day!”
Music Bugle – How have you been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?
Taps – Just the normal things, like not being able to go see the people that I love.