TEDWomen 2013: Invented Here

We've moved! For up-to-date information on TEDWomen 2013, please visit our new home.

Join us December 5th, 2013 in San Francisco, or get involved by hosting a TEDxWomen event ››


  • TEDxWomen

Tanyaradzwa Ashleigh Tawengwa

Tanyaradzwa, whose name translates to “we have been comforted” in Shona, was born in Harare, Zimbabwe. Tanyaradzwa launched her musical career at the age of three with a church solo début of Whitney Houston’s “Who Would Imagine a King.” Once identified, her musical talents were consistently nurtured. She began playing classical piano at the age of nine, cello at twelve, and opera became her main vocal field of study at fifteen. She competed on a national platform and was the top junior singer in the country. At the age of 17, she was awarded a scholarship to Armand Hammer United World College in the US. During this time, Tanyaradzwa met Eve Ensler and began her work as a V-Girls Action Team Leader. Tanyaradzwa performed Ensler’s Emotional Creature in Beverly Hills, at The Lensic in Santa Fe, the Powerhouse Theater in New York, and the Market Theatre in Johannesburg. Tanyaradzwa speaks English, Shona, French, and Italian, and is currently studying at Princeton University. There she is involved in opera, the Glee Club, and French theatre; and is a resident advisor, and president and founder of Umqombothi, Princeton’s African a cappella ensemble. This summer, 20-year-old Tanyaradzwa released her first album, Tanyaradzwa.

5 Responses to Tanyaradzwa Ashleigh Tawengwa

  1. Well well Tanya, I knew that you were a special child from Infants School, what a privilege knowing you. Fly on young lady fly on!!!

  2. Natalie Nduku says:

    Hie Tanya, you are amazing and such an inspiration. I hope and pray that you continue to do what you love.

  3. Samantha Tawengwa says:

    May God continue to bless the work of your hands dear sis, you are blessed and highly talented, may you continue to shine and be the star you are! i love you and cherish you lil sis, may your music go world over, so many can be blessed by the beautiful sound you produce!!!

  4. Katie W says:

    Hi Tanya,

    This is amazing! I am so inspired by all that you have done! Just wanted to say congratulations and tell you how proud I am =) Can´t wait to see you perform!!! Keep it up girl, you are a star!

    Love, Katie

  5. Carmina Mancenon says:

    Why are you so beautiful :)

    So proud of you, Tanya!