806 Washington St
Oakland, CA 94607
Piwai’s chilling vocals and hypnotic sound have been described as spiritual
nirvana. A captivating performer, she bends genres to seamlessly flow from
jazz, reggae or folk to pure African rhythms, moving listeners to physically feel
her music, creating a trance-like rhythm that balances consciousness.
Piwai wows audiences across the globe with her soulful voice and genre-fusing
melodies. Fondly known as the girl with the African thumb piano, the mbira,
Piwai was born and raised in Zimbabwe. Her love of music is influenced by her
multicultural Southern Africa and gospel exposure in early childhood.
During and after college years in the US, Piwai trained as a jazz vocalist at the
Jazz School of Berkeley. She’s studied with world-renowned vocalists such as
Vernon Bush, Raz Kennedy, Maye Cavallaro, and Frankye Kelly.