Born and raised in North London, UK; Zarina Macha (pronounced 'matcha') is a musician and writer with a thirst for knowledge and a love of entertaining. From a young age she loved to write stories and poetry, and was given her first diary by her mother at the age of six. Macha rightly describes words as her passion. She has a deep love of books, and finds it hard to think about anything else when her head is stuck inside a good story.
Macha's love of words led her to pursue songwriting at the age of ten. She began to learn guitar while in primary school, and started to put chords to words after being inspired by the character of Addie Singer on Nickelodeon teen drama 'Unfabulous.' Macha's father, Frederick Macha (a musician and writer who hails from Kilimanjaro, Tanzania) inspired her to start learning the guitar, and it was from then that she began to work on her musical craft. Her father also gave her vocal lessons in her teens and she continues to hone her vocal prowess.
Between 2016 and 2018 Macha attended The Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford, where she studied Songwriting and Creative Artistry and graduated with a degree in Music Industry Practice. She currently gigs as a funk-rock trio with two supporting musicians on drums and bass which includes David Everard, drummer for metal band SHARD (more information about this can be found in the 'Music' Tab). While at ACM she also developed her drumming skills, making the drum kit her second instrument after the guitar.
Macha started 'thezarinamachablog' in 2017, a blog where she regularly writes her opinions on a range of topics including feminism, psychology, Game of Thrones, movies, religion, relationships and much more. This can be found in the 'Blog' section of this website. Macha also started a music blog later that year (as suggested by her father) where she reviews the work of musical artists and has also written a few music-related posts.
In July 2018 Macha released her debut fictional book Every Last Psycho: A Collection of Two Novellas on Amazon via Kindle Direct Publishing. More information can be found on this in the 'Books' Tab. Macha has also released her first collection of poems titled Art is a Waste of Time: Poetry Collection.
Macha's debut EP 'Fire' is available on a range of digital streaming platforms including Spotify and iTunes. Her third novel, Anne, was released June 2019. Her second poetry book and fourth published book, Single Broke Female: Poetry Collection, was released July 2019. Her third novel and fifth published work, Around Midnight, shall be out January 2020.