Tapiwa “Taps” Mugadza, known professionally as Taps, is a Zimbabwean soul and pop singer who began his musical journey at the age of 15.
Taps competed in the Zimbabwean Idol competition, winning third place overall before making his move to America, where he studied at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood – graduating with the school’s highest honor, “Outstanding Artist.”
Taps went on to work with world-renowned producers such as T-Collar, Moose, Pip Kembo, Boi-1da, and Quincy Jones, writing all of his own music. His cover of Adele’s song “Hello” was recognized by Billboard as one of “the best soul-stirring covers” on their commended lists. Some of his other covers include Other notable covers include Adele’s “Make You Feel My Love”, Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”, Calum Scott’s “You Are the Reason” and Lewis Capaldi’s “Someone You Loved.” Taps’ song “Sober” was featured on an episode of Criminal Minds and he has also performed live on EXTRA.
Earlier this year, Taps released the video for his song “Dance All Night”, which showcases Taps’ smooth vocals and African influences.
We recently got the chance to get to know this talented singer as he answers the Socialite Seven.
When did you know that you wanted to become a singer?
I always knew that I could sing but it wasn’t until later in my life when I was attending the Musicians Institute that I realized I wanted to sing as a career.
Who has had the biggest influence on your music and why?
One of the biggest influences on my music would be Bryan Adams. As a 5-year-old kid growing up in Africa, it is shocking to think that an older Canadian would have connected with me. His song ‘Please Forgive Me” was therapy for me. His music touched me and helped me get through such trying times even though I was so young.
Who (if anyone) would you love to collaborate with?
I would love to collaborate with Adele.
What type of music or artist that you listen to frequently do you think your fans would be surprised to learn that you’re a fan of?
I think it would be a surprise to know that I am a fan of real hood music. Even my friends are surprised by it and say something every time we hang out!
What are you hoping to achieve with your music?
Overall, I want my music to inspire people to be the best at what they do!
What are three things you can’t live without?
Number one, I couldn’t live without my faith and without God. Secondly, I couldn’t live without my guitar. Since I got my first guitar as a kid it has helped me get through so many trials. Lastly, I couldn’t live without my family!
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
It is better to be than to seem to be. Meaning it is better to be yourself than to seem to be someone else.
Keep up with the latest from Taps on Instagram.