A stunner

It’s almost, but not quite, a tongue-twister of a name: Tinashe Jorgensen Kachingwe. The first name, you might think, would be quite enough; early on, she decided she agreed with you. In 2007, at the ripe old age of fourteen, Tinashe and some friends formed a singing group called The Stunners, who put out a series of heavily adolescent singles like “Spin the Bottle”:

The Stunners broke up in 2011, and Tinashe decided she could do this on her own. Six years ago this week she put out a “mixtape,” recorded in her home studio; she wrote all but one song, and brought in production assistance on some of them. Even after she’d gotten a record deal (with RCA), she continued with the mixtape format. And somehow in her apparently copious free time she found time to make her name in animation: she did a series of Holly Hobbie features for Nickelodeon, and at nine, she was the motion-capture model for “Hero Girl” Nona Gaye in The Polar Express.

Tinashe at the BET Awards 2015

Tinashe expects you to think it over

Tinashe in the same photoshoot as the previous shot

That first mixtape, In Case We Die, featured a romantic number called “This Feeling”:

Her album Joyride, her third, is due this year; one track (“No Drama”) has been released so far. She’s twenty-five years old today.


  1. Holly H »

    7 February 2018 · 12:31 pm

    Oh my goodness!! Those are some pretty people. Enough said.

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    12 February 2018 · 2:11 am

    […;] there’s the annual SI Swimsuit Issue tackling the #MeToo movement. At Dustbury, it’s Tinashe and Carol Alt. […]

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