by Eddie Aoki on January 10, 2013

"Behind the Music" 2014 Grammy Afterparty - Arrivals

Birth Name: Tinashe Jorgensen Kachingwe

Place of Birth: Lexington, Fayette, Kentucky, United States

Date of Birth: February 6, 1993

*Zimbabwean (father)
*Irish, Norwegian, Danish, English (mother)

Tinashe is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, multi-instrumentalist, model, dancer, actress, and director.

Her name “Tinashe” means “We are with God” in Shona; a Bantu language, native to the Shona people of Zimbabwe and southern Zambia.

Tinashe’s maternal grandfather is Michael Fitzgerald (the son of Ralph A. Fitzgerald and Lillian D. Hexom). Ralph was of Irish ancestry, the son of John Fitzgerald and Abigale Malanaphy. Lillian was of Norwegian descent, the daughter of Helmer Hexom and Stella Arness.

Tinashe’s maternal grandmother was Patricia Jorgensen (the daughter of Arthur C. Jorgensen and Cleone J. Kennard). Arthur had Danish ancestry. Cleone was the daughter of Glenn Clyde Kennard and Myrtle Irene Simerson.

Source: Genealogy of Tinashe (focusing on her mother’s side) – http://www.strandnet.com

Obituary of Tinashe’s paternal great-grandmother, Lillian D. (Hexom) Fitzgerald – http://www.findagrave.com

Tinashe’s maternal great-grandmother, Cleone J. Kennard, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Photo by PR Photos

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midori29 April 4, 2017 at 4:51 pm

Tinashe is average at best, many full black women look 100 times better honestly I think this girl has succeeded ONLY because her mom is white. Compare her to other black women and she would not stand out, Naomi Campbell, Iman, Nia Long, Beyonce, Rhianna, etc.. The BEST mixes are the 1/4th white the rest 75% black mixes they turn out looking better or the 1/4th black and the rest white 75%. Not to say some 50/50 range mullatos do not look good, they do like , Halle Berry, Thandie Newton or Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys, etc are all beautiful. But this girl Tinashe is nothing special at all. Average, ordinary. Mixed does not mean beauty all the time.
She is cute thats it.

Multiethnicchick September 16, 2017 at 9:15 am

First of all, Naomi Campbell is 1/4 Asian, Iman is Somalian(Somalians have Caucasian influence), Beyonce and Rihanna are also at least 1/4 mixed. You didn’t name a single full black woman. Mariah Carey is not 50/50. She’s only 1/4 black and you don’t know if Halle Berry is a perfect mulatto or Thandie Newton without dna test. You and your post are just uniformed and useless. And you sound like you’re jealous. The average women does not look like Tinashe.

Hill December 4, 2017 at 9:05 pm

So salty and jealous of better looking mixed people.

tinasheeeee March 8, 2017 at 9:59 pm

CORRECTION: Tinashe is also Lithuanian and Spanish


MettaWorkPlease January 10, 2017 at 10:43 am

Her surname Kachigwe means little rope in chewa, a language spoken in Malawi & it’s a common surname. Lots of Malawians migrated to Zimbabwe, her dad must have Malawian roots

abbracci October 7, 2015 at 11:10 pm

I don’t see what’s so special about mixed-race people. They look the same. They all have black facial features, curly hair and light brown skin.

madelein October 9, 2015 at 2:28 pm
xoxo November 19, 2015 at 8:17 pm

LMFAOOOOO you really have to ask why??? Just watch and listen to ANY of her songs and music videos.

Multiethnicchick September 16, 2017 at 9:17 am

Her facial features aren’t black at all. You need to look up a full black african before you say that. Her and Lupita Nyongo look nothing alike and if you took Tinashe to Zimbabwe, she would stand out among the black Africans.

lelo4 September 3, 2015 at 2:11 pm

A proper mulatta.

xoxo November 19, 2015 at 8:18 pm

And what the f*ck is a “proper mulatta”??? There’s no certain look to them….

xoxo July 30, 2015 at 10:36 pm

A lot of jealous people on here. Tinashe is pretty and talented, don’t know what some of you have against her. Did she steal your man?

Multiethnicchick September 16, 2017 at 9:18 am

Exactly, so many haters getting mad about her mixed ancestry.

cwm85 July 29, 2015 at 3:12 pm

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