Allanah Biography & Profile: Real Name, Age, Family, Marriages, Early Life
Allanah is a popular Zimbabwean singer, best known for her adlibs on the hit single “Fadza Mutengi”, on which she collaborated with Zimdancehall star Poptain. She is also popular for her cover version of the hit Obert Chari song, Mebo.
Allanah’s real name is Tiny Machivenyika and she was born and raised in the dormitory town of Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe. Her stage name is a combination of the names of her favourite Jamaican artists, Fianah and Alaine.
Age and Date of Birth
Allanah was born on August 2, 1995. This means that in 2023, she will be turning 28 years old.
Early Life and Family
Allanah was born in a family of four, three girls and one boy. Allanah’s father passed away when she was young, so she was raised by her mother.
Unfortunately, her mother Lynn Mutero, also died after raising her to adulthood.
Allanah’s mother died in November 2021, at a local hospital following a short illness.
Allanah attended Rutendo pre-school before proceeding to Moffat Primary School. After finishing her primary education, Allanah attended Morgan High School for her secondary education. Although she passed four subjects at Ordinary Level, Allanah decided not to rewrite her exams because of her love for music.
Allanah recorded her first song, “Give Glory,” in 2014, but it did not receive much attention. In 2018, she was signed to Raw Music and started recording cover songs before doing her own songs. Her breakthrough came when she met popular producer Lloyd Jiro, popularly known as Papa Lodza.
She went on to record popular songs such as “Mude Mude,” “Mboko Last,” and a rendition of Obert Chari’s song “Mebo.” Allanah also worked with artists such as Lesco, Solution, Everlast, Poptain, and Soul Jnr.
Contribution to “Fadza Mutengi”
Allanah is known for her adlibs on the hit single “Fadza Mutengi” by Poptain. She also has a verse on the song and does adlibs and backing vocals on the song. Speaking on how the song came about, Allanah said,
“We were paid to do a song for someone, and Poptain and I met at Cymplex Studios in Waterfalls while working on separate projects. We then listened to the beat of ‘Fadza Mutengi,’ then we decided to do that song.”
Personal Life and Marriages
Abusive First Marriage
Allanah almost gave up on her dream of being a musician due to a toxic marriage to her first husband.
In an interview, Allanah revealed that she was married in 2015. However, she later walked out of the relationship due to abuse.
“After getting married in 2015, I lived a rough life and my husband then did not want me to be a musician whereas he was pursuing a career as a music producer and so I had to stay at home.
“I would hustle by all means, including buying and selling goods, but I was still impoverished to the extent of wearing rags and people would call me names until I got violent to the point of getting arrested for confronting some of them.
“It affected me physically and emotionally, so it basically changed me, but if it were not for God I would not be here. As part of my healing, I went back into the studio and wrote a song about it and this is what caught the attention of my manager and the limelight to my work afterwards.”
Second MarriageAllanah got married sometime after her mother died, although she did not disclose the exact date of her second marriage.
However, Allanah did not disclose the identity of her husband, preferring to keep her personal life private.
She has described her second husband as being very supportive. In an interview, she said,
“I have been wondering how I will be able to balance my career and my marriage.
“But I thank God for the gift of my husband. He is so supportive, he got my back and he encourages me to pursue my career.
“I really appreciate my husband’s love and support. I just learnt that nothing is more painful than death here on this earth.
“No matter how hard we can grieve, death is something that we cannot run away from.
“Seriously, to date I haven’t accepted that my mom is no more, death brings inevitable trauma,”
Allanah is a Christian and is the current worship leader at Labour of Love Church.