Tawanda is originally from Harare, Zimbabwe. He currently lives in Mossel Bay and works at Fly Me To The Moon Guesthouse as a goat herder. Besides tending to the animals, he also enjoys singing, playing music and going to church. He has inherited a farm in Zimbabwe from his late grandfather, to which he is planning to return as soon as he’s gathered enough agricultural experience.
“I attended high school in Churchill Boys High in Harare, it was part of the A-schools there. There I started studying about agriculture. But I didn’t like agriculture, though. I used to bunk some lessons, in high school. It’s quite boring. But now I regret it, because now I’m going to have to do those things on my farms.
“My grandfather owned about five meadow lands, from war. He was a true mission fighting guy, he used to fight a lot in the war. He was also a minister, about five years ago before he passed away. They kept five farms. One of them he gave to my father, then my father passed away and it went under my name. It’s about 10 hectares. Now, my grandmother is just putting something, any crops, in the ground there. They are renting it to someone. Because if you don’t put something in it and just leave it like that, the government will come and take it. I want to go back, but not now. I’ll still be here maybe two or three years. I just want to get money to buy goats, cows and pigs – just little projects.
“What I used to like about school was music. If you take music, you have to be in the choir, and I was also in a pipe band, playing the Scottish bagpipes. But I’ve forgotten how to play it now. These days I’m basically playing the kalimba. It’s the same as a mbira – some people used to say you play it to call the ancestors, spirits, of Zimbabwe. I learned it from my grandfather, the war veteran. So he used to play that instrument too. So I used to copy him, but when I was small, it was too hard. This year, around January, I started to research about it. Then I got the kalimba, the English one. Bit by bit, I’m learning. Sometimes I come and play it here with the animals, sometimes at home. I like singing too, and I’m also a dancer, hip-hop dance.