Based: Cape Town
Gemma Griffiths was born in Cape Town, South Africa, but grew up in Harare, Zimbabwe. The indie/folk singer and composer has performed a variety of music and arts festivals around the world, including the Harare International Festival of Arts (HIFA) twice and ‘Miombo Magic’ in Zimbabwe. She headlined for Zimfest London 2015, as well as headlining for the first Performer’s Platform in Bulawayo. Gemma performed at the African Women’s Awards 2015, and was the featured artist at Afrojazzanova that November.
In 2016 Gemma performed at the Zimbabwean achievers awards in London UK, she then played at Zimstock and Shoko festival, Zimlive and Unplugged later that year. Now based in Cape Town, she opened the Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts for one of Zimbabwe’s top artists – Jah Prayzah, as well as opening other shows for Jimmy Nevis, Majozi and Matthew Mole. As well as being nominated for a Zimbabwe Achievers Award for “Music Artist of the Year” 2016, she also featured on the Mahogany Sessions – one of the UK’s most prestigious Music Channels. Gemma recently opened for Grammy Award winning UK artist Joss Stone.
Gemma’s interpretation of Winky D’s “Musarova Bigman” in 2016 was an overnight success, with over 94,000 youtube views within months of it’s release, becoming something of an anthem for Zimbabweans across the globe.
A classically trained musician who studied commercial music in the USA, Gemma is an accomplished pianist and guitarist with a vast repertoire of self penned originals and covers.
“Before her time, and beyond her years” – Kimble Rogers ZIFM radio is one way to describe Zim-babwean indie/folk artist Gemma Griffiths.
“The 22 year Old’s voice holds a kind of vulnerability, that is so uniquely, unapologetically raw” – Alexander Bar.
Gemma’s collaboration on ‘Headlights’ with Swiss DJ Askery was signed to Spinnin’ Records and reached over 400,000 views on Youtube in it’s first month of release. As well as some other collaborations in the process, Gemma is currently recording her debut EP.