Shungudzo Knows What She Wants To Change In The World : World Cafe The Zimbabwean-American artist offers a unique perspective on the world, including on how she'd like to see it change.

Shungudzo Knows What She Wants To Change In The World

Shungudzo on World Cafe

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Set List

  • "I'm not a mother, but I have children"
  • "It's a good day (to fight the system)"
  • "To be me"
  • "There's only so much a soul can take"

Shungudzo's life is like a movie, with twists and turns. Born in the United States, the singer spent her early years in Zimbabwe where she became the first Black woman to represent Zimbabwe as a gymnast at the All-Africa Games. She then moved back to attend Stanford University, where she got involved in charity work. She was also featured on a reality show, all the while making music.

We talk to Shungudzo about how these life experiences fed her songwriting and hear her perform a few tracks from her latest album, I'm Not A Mother, But I Have Children. Hear the complete session via the audio player and watch the performance from NPR Live Sessions via the video player.