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Brave and talented Tamara needs your votes

Singing her heart out ... Tamara Msimanga is in the grand finals of the UK's TeenStar

10/07/2014 00:00:00
by Staff Reporter
Not letting her health challenges define her ... Tamara Msimanga

SHE has battled serious ill health since she was just three days old and has already had four open heart surgeries for a cyanotic defect. But 11 year-old Tamara Msimanga is not letting her health challenges define or hold her back.

The talented 11 year-old from Paisley in Scotland is on course to become one of the UK’s youngest singing marvels after she made it through to the Grand Finals of TeenStar, Britain’s only singing competition for young singers, duos and vocal groups.

One of the 28 remaining acts from an initial 9,000, Tamara was the judges’ top act of the day in the Manchester area finals and will now look to achieve her dream at the grand finals set for Birmingham on July 19.

Speaking to NewZimbabwe.com, her mum Michelle said: “Tamara said she is really happy about how far she has come in the competition seeing as it’s her first time.

“She is excited to perform in Birmingham and she was quite chuffed that she was the judges’ top act of the day in the Manchester area finals.

“Tamara would also like to thank everyone who has been supporting and encouraging her and hopes to also encourage other young kids to work hard and follow their dreams.”

With its nationwide status, the TeenStar singing competitions give young aspiring singers, duos and vocal groups all over the UK the opportunity to compete to be the UK's best TeenStar.

Michelle said she was delighted with her daughter and thanked Zimbabweans and other well-wishers who have supported the brave little girl on her remarkable journey.

ROYALS - LORDE Performed by Tamara

“I am quite excited and proud of Tamara because despite facing adversities with regards to her health, she is ambitious, hard-working and is not defined by her challenges,” she said.

“Teen Star is the biggest national singing competition for kids and we chose this particular competition as we believe it allows kids to develop as artists without the added pressure.

“I am also overwhelmed and humbled by the positive support we have received so far from our African community. We would like to thank Pam Samasuwo-Nyawiri and Adel Kaseke Queen for their exceptional designs and for enabling Tamara to stand out and shine on stage.”


Tamara entered the pre-teen category of the TeenStar Regional Finals at Glasgow’s Old Fruitmarket venue in April and sailed through to the North West England and Scotland Final at Royal Northern College of Music Opera Theatre in Manchester.

The public has the opportunity to decide the overall winners at the Birmingham Grand Finals by texting their support and Michelle appealed to well-wishers to help Tamara achieve her dream.

Last year’s winner was X Factor finalist, Luke Friend.

The overall winner will receive £5,000 to develop their act, as well as a publicity package and music industry support.

Said Michelle: “The next stage is the Grand Final, which will be held at the NEC Birmingham on the 19th of July.

“The overall winner will be the highest scoring act on the day. However the public also have the opportunity to vote for their chosen acts by texting.

“Tamara's next performance will be epic as she hopes to showcase her diversity and heritage, we hope that those of you who can make it on the day will be there to support her.

“However everyone can also get involved by texting TEEN27 to 84222, texts cost £1 plus standard network rate. Voting lines are now open.”


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