Alexandra Govere

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Alexandra Govere
Alexandra Govere performing on a public beach in Malibu, California.
Background information
Birth name Alexandra Shungudzo Govere
Origin Bikita, Zimbabwe
Genres pop, folk music
Occupation(s) philanthropist, singer, songwriter, record producer
Years active 2010–present
Labels Independent
Associated acts Kerry Brothers, Jr.

Alexandra Govere, also known by her stage name Shungudzo Kuyimba (or simply Shungudzo), is an American philanthropist, singer, songwriter, record producer, gymnast, journalist and reality television personality. She first attracted media attention by being the first black female gymnast to represent Zimbabwe in artistic gymnastics at the 1999 All-Africa Games, and later by co-founding the Kijana Project, which provides relief for AIDS orphans. She later gained wide media attention as a cast member on the 2011 season of The Real World: San Diego.

Early life[edit]

Alexandra Govere was born in the United States but grew up in Zimbabwe, in a rural village that was home to straw-covered mud huts, and did not have electricity or running water.[1] She is of Zimbabwean, French, and Amerindian descent. Her family eventually relocated to California,[2] and as of the early 2000s, she was living in Oregon.[3]


Ballet, gymnastics and education[edit]

Govere practiced dancing and ballet, and according to her, became the first female of color to be on the Zimbabwe National Gymnastics Team at age 9. Her parents, both of whom are college graduates, encouraged her in her studies as well. She studied calculus at age 10, and finished high school by 14. She later attended Stanford University, where she studied civil engineering.[1][4][5]

Govere was the first black female artistic gymnast to represent Zimbabwe at the 1999 All-Africa Games in Johannesburg.[6][7] At 12 years of age, she was also the youngest member of the 162-member team.[7]

Charity work[edit]

In 1997, Govere began collecting clothing for orphans who lost their parents to AIDS.[8] By 2002, the Kijana Project,[9] as it came to be called, had expanded to an international organization run by then-15-year-old Govere and her sister Saunsuray, consisting of 50 members who aided orphans in six different countries, raising money for clothing, toys and school supplies, as well as paying for the education of some AIDS orphans.[8] Govere was spurred to this work after witnessing many of her childhood classmates affected by AIDS, and seeing the rising number of orphans living on the streets of Harare.[4] In 2000, she worked with her sister in collecting money for Red Cross flood relief in Mozambique.[3][9][10] For breaking the color barrier in artistic gymnastics, and for her humanitarian work, Govere was designated a Disney-UNESCO Millennium Dreamers Ambassador.[11]

Music and television[edit]

While attending Stanford University, Govere was discovered by Alicia Keys' Grammy Award-winning producer, Kerry "Krucial" Brothers, who had heard some songs Govere placed on MySpace for her mother to hear. Although she initially met with Brothers with the intent to be a songwriter, he made her sing vocals, and recognized her talent.[1] With him, she released a mixtape, "Love is 4 Suckaz/I'm a Sucka 4 Love", some songs from which are available on YouTube. Brass magazine describes the mixtape as "a high-wattage soup of synthetic beats and heavy post-production mixing", whose lyrics focus on the themes of love, jealousy, revenge and anti-consumerism.[1] Describing Govere's voice, Brandon Goldner of Brass says, "[Her voice] can range from bright and flute-like to a rougher, almost smoky honesty" Although Govere planned to debut a 2011 album with Krucial,[1][12][13] She announced in October 2011 that she left Krucial in order to take the independent route.[14][15] She has co-written a number of hit songs such as Little Mix's "Touch" and Louisa Johnson's “Best Behaviour,”[16] and has recently released a song on the Fifty Shades Freed soundtrack.[17]

Govere was a cast member on MTV's The Real World: San Diego, which aired from September to December 2011.[2]

Govere was a writer, host, and correspondent for both MTV Act and MTV Voices.[18][19]

Personal life[edit]

As of 2011, Govere was living in Los Angeles with her boyfriend, Byron, whom she began seeing eight months prior to filming The Real World.[4][20] Their relationship was depicted in episode 4 of that season when he visited her at the season residence.[21] The couple later separated.



as lead artist[edit]

Title Year Album
"Long Live the Billionaire" 2017 Non-album single
"Paper" 2018

as featured artist[edit]

Title Year Album
"Roll with Me"
(Bantu featuring Shungudzo)
2017 Non-album single
(BC Unidos featuring Shungudzo)
Bicycle EP
"Spare Gold"
(Paul White featuring Shungudzo)
2018 Rejuvinate
"Just a Little"
(Bantu featuring Shungudzo)
"Toast to Our Differences"
(Rudimental featuring Shungudzo, Protoje and Hak Baker)
Toast to Our Differences
"Roll with Me"
(Bantu and Jonas Blue featuring Shungudzo and ZieZie)
"Ice Cream Man"
(Paul White featuring Shungudzo)

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Complicated" 2017 Bantu Africa for the Summer EP
"Ougadougou" BC Unidos Bicycle EP
"Come on Back" 2018 Shungudzo Fifty Shades Freed: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Songwriting Credits[edit]

Title Year Artist(s) Album Credits Written with
"Touch" 2016 Little Mix Glory Days Co-writer Hanni Ibrahim, Patrick Patrikios, Philip Plested
"Not That Girl" 2017 Girli Feel Ok EP Milly Toomey
"Best Behaviour" Louisa Non-album single Thomas Barnes, Peter Kelleher, Benjamin Kohn, Daniel Parker
"It Won't Kill Ya"
(featuring Louane)
The Chainsmokers Memories...Do Not Open Andrew Taggart, Samuel Martin
"Stay Awake, Wait for Me" Jessie Ware Glasshouse Jessica Ware, Ajay Bhattacharya, Daniel Parker
"Your Domino" Jessica Ware, Ajay Bhattacharya, Daniel Parker, Daniel Sinclair
"Love to Love" Jessica Ware, Ajay Bhattacharya, Daniel Parker
"Wish I Never Met You" 2018 Victoria Monét Life After Love, Pt 1 Victoria McCants, Maurice "Verse" Simmonds
"Way Down" Forever Neverland Karen Marie Ørsted, Ajay Bhattacharya, Letter Mbulu, Caiphus Semenya
"Overtime" Jessie Ware Non-album single Jessica Ware, James Ford, Andy Ferguson, Matthew McBriar, Daniel Parker


  1. ^ a b c d e Goldner, Brandon. "Sing. Dance. Write. Andra Govere: The most amazing 20-something you haven't heard of. Yet…". Brass magazine. May 2, 2011
  2. ^ a b "Real World: San Diego: La Jolla (2011) - Alexandra Govere Archived 2011-09-18 at the Wayback Machine. Vevmo, August 4, 2011
  3. ^ a b "Ready for their world: Two teens with the right stuff join the global party". BNET.[dead link]
  4. ^ a b c Real World: San Diego: Cast: Alexandra. MTV. accessed September 30, 2011.
  5. ^ Note: Sources conflict on whether she graduated. The Brass article indicates she graduated with a civil engineering degree, though her bio indicates she dropped out eight weeks prior to graduation.
  6. ^ "Zim songstress causes a stir" Archived 2011-09-23 at the Wayback Machine.. The Zimbabwean. July 30, 2010. retrieved September 27, 2011.
  7. ^ a b Johnson, Steve. "Zimbabwean Gymnast Makes History". October 25, 1999
  8. ^ a b "GovereÂ’s worldwide program continues to assist AIDS orphans | The Paly Voice". 2011-09-29. Retrieved 2018-08-27.
  9. ^ a b Olson, Linnea. "The Kids Are Alright". Elle Girl Sep-Oct 2003. page 141. Google Books. accessed August 4, 2011.
  10. ^ "2000 Mozambique flood". Wikipedia. 2018-04-03.
  12. ^ "Album: "Love is 4 Suckaz / I'm A Sucka 4 Love" by Andra". August 14, 2010
  13. ^ "Andra ft. Lupe Fiasco – White Swans" Archived 2011-08-15 at the Wayback Machine.. Dubstep Source. July 6, 2010
  14. ^ Govere, Alexandra."Music & Things" Archived 2012-04-25 at the Wayback Machine.. Too Sweet To Be Bitter. October 7, 2011
  15. ^ Govere, Alexandra. "Music & Things". Facebook. October 7, 2011
  16. ^ Big Deal Music (2018). "Shungudzo". Big DEal Music.
  17. ^ Hamada Mania Music. "Shungudzo unleashes new promotional single "Come On Back"". Hamada Mania Music.
  18. ^ "Alexandra Govere". MTV Act Blog. Retrieved May 19, 2012.
  19. ^ "Alexandra Govere". MTV Voices UK. Retrieved May 19, 2012.
  20. ^ "Real World San Diego | Ep. 1 | First Impressions | MTV". 2012-06-24. Retrieved 2018-08-27.
  21. ^ "Real World San Diego | Ep. 4 | Hair-Razing Arguments And Sticky Situations | MTV". 2012-11-22. Retrieved 2018-08-27.