Ni-si, Zambian Author & RnB Singer Based In The UK
Ni-si is a UK based author and R&B singer born in Kitwe-Zambia in 1989 as Nissi Mutale. Ni-si and her family moved to England when she was 6 months old.
From a young age Ni-si loved music and performed regularly in church. She was part of a girl group that performed at their school and local gigs as a teenager.
Ni-si went to University to study English Literature and kept performing on the University circuit.
At 21 years old Ni-si won the London Edition of Miss Southern Africa competition, she later took a break from music and focussed on her writing, releasing 3 books ( “Lessons From Dad”, “Beauty Full” and “Finding Me” )
between the ages of 21 and 25. A hiatus followed while Ni-si focused on writing and developing her voice. At 28 Ni-si stormed the UK R&B circuit with her single ‘Hello Hi’. The single and video was well received and played on notable radio stations including BBC Radio London, This is Westside and OnTop FM.
Ni-si’s music influences include Toni Braxton, Kelly Rowland, Whitney Houston, H.E.R and Tank. With vocals that wrap around you like a duvet on a cold day, addictive beats and relatable lyrics, Ni-si is one to watch.
To celebrate the campaign for International Women’s Day this year, Hype Magazine Zambia asked Ni-si Mutale about this year’s theme and if it’s still necessary for women to choose.
•The theme for this year is #EachForEqual, what does this year’s theme mean to you?
Women being given the opportunity, skills, training and knowledge to reach their full potential. This starts from school then to the work place and the home.
•Is it still necessary for women to choose?
I’m reading a book at the moment called ‘The One Thing’ by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan and they make the point that ‘balance’ in life isn’t attainable because if we want to succeed in anything, we need to prioritise it. Prioritisation in its very nature means throwing off balance. The point is also made however that when it comes to family, friends and time within our personal life, we need to be careful when we de-prioritise because time cannot be redeemed. So to answer the question, I think men and women will always have to choose between competing prioritise in work and life.
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