Audius Mtawarira

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Audius Mtawarira
Birth nameAudius Tonderai Mtawarira
Also known asAudius
Born1977 (age 44–45)
Chimbumu, Guruve, Zimbabwe
OriginPerth, Western Australia, Australia
GenresUrban Grooves
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, record producer

Audius Tonderai Mtawarira (born in Chimbumu, Guruve, Zimbabwe, 1977) is a Zimbabwean singer-songwriter and record producer, who often works mononymously as Audius. From 1996 to 2012 he lived in Australia. At the APRA Music Awards of 2009 he was co-winner of Urban Work of the Year for writing "Running Back" with its singer, Jessica Mauboy, and with American rapper, Sean Ray Mullins (a.k.a. Snob Scrilla).

Early life[edit]

Audius Tonderai Mtawarira was born in 1977 in Chimbumu, Guruve District, Zimbabwe,[1][2][3] His father, Augustine Mtawarira, who died in 2012, was a farmer and property manager.[4][5]

Mtawarira attended Ruzawi School, a private Anglican boarding primary school in Marondera,[6] where he was amongst the first Native African students to be enrolled. Audius then attended Peterhouse Boys' School, Marondera,[6] a private boarding secondary school where he sang in the School Choir, played piano and drums. He participated in Cricket, Rugby and Athletics, representing his school and district in each sport. He completed his secondary education at Gateway High School in Harare,[6] where he performed in the school choir and participated in the music programs. He also represented his school as captain in Rugby, Cricket and Athletics. In 1996 Audius left Zimbabwe to further his studies in Perth, Western Australia at Edith Cowan University. He later moved to Curtin University to complete his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Graphic Design.


Audius turned his attention to writing and producing music. He started producing in 2002, producing the majority of Selwyn's album, Meant to Be which peaked at number nine on the ARIA Album charts[7] and was certified Gold.[8] In 2003 he collaborated with Delta Goodrem on Innocent Eyes co-writing[9][10] and producing the number one single[11] "Born to Try". The song debuted at number three before reaching number one on the Australian Singles chart, becoming Goodrem's first number one single. It spent three months in the top five and went on to sell over 210,000 copies, making it the third highest selling single of 2002. In the UK, it debuted and peaked the charts at number three, spending eleven weeks in the top forty and reached number one on the New Zealand singles charts. "Born to Try" won 'Single of the Year' at the ARIA Music Awards of 2003.[12]

In 2004, Audius produced Australian Idol contestant Paulini's debut album One Determined Heart which produced number a # 1 hit "Angel Eyes" and went certified Platinum.[13] In 2005 he co-wrote fellow-Idol Contestant Ricki-Lee Coulter's "Hell No!", which reached number five on the ARIA singles charts,[14] and produced majority of her album.

After having some great success, Audius turned his attention to building his own studios and record label. He is a part owner of The Sound Academy studios in Sydney as well as record label Blindfaith Entertainment. He worked to develop many unsigned artists through his academy sharing knowledge and kickstarting several youngsters who went on to achieve great success such as Iggy Azalea, Justice Crew, Anise K and more.

In 2008 Audius produced Jessica Mauboy's new album, Been Waiting, co-writing her single, "Running Back",[15] which peaked at number three on the Australian singles charts.[16] 2008 also saw Audius launch his own fashion label, Shona Clothing, which is heavily influenced by his Zimbabwean heritage. "Running Back" won 'Highest Selling Single' at the ARIA Music Awards of 2009.[17]

In 2013 Audius worked as a music producer on the movie musical 'Goddess', Goddess (2013 film) an Australian production featuring Laura Michelle Kelly, Ronan Keating and directed by Mark Lamprel.

In 2019 Audius co-wrote, produced and mixed 'To Myself' performed by Alfie Arcuri for the Eurovision 'Australia Decides' competition. With over 700 entries the song was selected to be amongst the top 10 finalists and to compete on a live broadcast on SBS. Overall the song placed 5th.

Solo career[edit]

His solo recordings have garnered him popularity in his native Zimbabwe and South Africa. He has released 6 albums in Africa - Audius (2002), Ever After (2003), Music and Me (2005) and Day Like This (2008). He released 'Day Like This' was also released in Australia through Blindfaith/Inertia. In 2003, Audius won the Best Urban Grooves (Male) at the Zimbabwe Music Awards. In 2014 Audius won the "Best R&B Urban Album" award for his 2014 release "House of Stones". In October 2016, his album PREDESTINATION was released. In 2020, album titled "2020" (twenty twenty) was released.


Solo artist[edit]

  • Audius (2002)
  • Ever After (2003)
  • Music and Me (2005)
  • Day Like This - Blindfaith/Inertia (2008)
  • House of Stones - Blindfaith (2014)
  • PREDESTINATION - Blindfaith (2016)
  • 2020 - Blindfaith (2020)

Production discography[edit]

Songwriting discography[edit]

  • "Buggin' Me", "Way Loves Supposed To Be" & "Like This, Like That" (Selwyn)
  • "Born to Try" (Delta Goodrem)
  • "Til I Found You" (Casey Donovan)
  • "Goodbye" (Levi)
  • "We Can Try" (Paulini)
  • "Hell No!", "Something About You" & "Stay With Me" (Ricki-Lee Coulter)
  • "War" (Laurent Wolf)
  • "Too Late" & "Tyna Find the One" (Shakaya)
  • "Take Me to a Place" (Rikki Lee)
  • "Stop Breaking My Heart" (Rahsaan Patterson)
  • "Little Girl" & "Here We Go Again" (Sarah Reeves)
  • "Hey", "Just Another Day", "Ever Be The Same", "Frustrated" & "Country Girl" (Erica Baxter)
  • "I Believe" (Vincy)
  • "Go Crazy" (Liena)
  • "Should Have Loved You More" (Jade McCrae)
  • "Running Back", "Magical", "To The Floor" (Jessica Mauboy)
  • "There You Go Again", "Mr Officer", "Chasing Ghosts", "D.I.S." & "Mr Whatever" (Snob Scrilla)
  • "Hell No" & "Lets Pretend" (Shila)
  • "I'm Not A Puppet" (Debra)
  • "Inside Out (Stan Walker)
  • "With Me" (Stan Walker)
  • "Like This" (Jessica Mauboy)
  • "Catch Me" (Sha-Sha)
  • "The Other Side" (Anise K)
  • "Naked' (Aaron Beri)2019
  • "To Myself" (Alfie Arcuri)2020
  • "Play" (Delta Goodrem)2021


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  2. ^ "Audius Mtawarira". Pindula. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  3. ^ Staff Writer (14 November 2002). "Zimbabwe: Meet Audius of the 'If Only You Knew' Fame People Personalities". The Financial Gazette ( Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  4. ^ Phiri, Brenda (12 July 2013). "Home is best". The Herald. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  5. ^ Gono, Vincent (13 December 2015). "Audius Mtawarira bares soul in new album". Sunday News. Zimpapers. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  6. ^ a b c Muzari, Godwin (10 June 2016). "Mtawarira missed chance to shine". The Herald. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  7. ^ "Selwyn - Meant to Be". Archived from the original on 11 October 2012. Retrieved 4 February 2010.
  8. ^ "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2002 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 2002. Archived from the original on 20 July 2008. Retrieved 4 February 2010.
  9. ^ ""Born to Try" at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Archived from the original on 8 September 2012. Retrieved 4 February 2010.
  10. ^ "Delta's Single Out Monday" Archived 30 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 10 July 2007.
  11. ^ "Delta Goodrem - Born to Try". Archived from the original on 11 March 2008. Retrieved 4 February 2010.
  12. ^ "Delta Goodrem ARIA Award wins & nominations". Archived from the original on 8 December 2008. Retrieved 4 February 2010.
  13. ^ "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2004 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 2002. Archived from the original on 7 August 2008. Retrieved 4 February 2010.
  14. ^ "Ricki-Lee - Hell No!". Archived from the original on 11 October 2012. Retrieved 4 February 2010.
  15. ^ ""Running Back" at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Archived from the original on 8 September 2012. Retrieved 4 February 2010.
  16. ^ "Jessica Mauboy - Been Waiting". Archived from the original on 20 November 2010. Retrieved 4 February 2010.
  17. ^ "Jessica Mauboy ARIA Award wins & nominations". Retrieved 4 February 2010.[permanent dead link]

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