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, Scottish (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 has said:

#MyHeritage is Norwegian, Danish, Irish, a teeeeny bit of Scottish and English, and half Zimbabwean!

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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Mixed Kidd July 13, 2018 at 6:39 pm

She has also stated she has some Scottish ancestry as well.

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
cwm85 July 25, 2015 at 6:47 pm

She’s cute.

California July 12, 2015 at 12:12 am

Typical generic mixed girl look. Why do most of these mixed chicks act ghetto? Even if they were born and raised in the suburbs they insist on acting like they’re from hood. Drop their asses in Compton and see if they’re really “about that life”.

California July 12, 2015 at 12:17 am

From THE hood ~~ Excuse my error.

HabenaroKick July 29, 2015 at 2:40 pm

I’ll tell you exactly why “mixed chicks” act like they are from the ghetto when they are actually from the suburbs… It is because most mixed/biracial girls feel a lot of pressure to prove their “blackness.” They will go out of their way to excessively use AAVE and dress in a way that they feel is “black.” This is because black people have a habit of making mixed/biracial girls feel unwelcome and like outsiders, as if they have to prove that they are truly black. Let’s face it, if a mixed/biracial girl acts like herself, acts like she is from the suburbs and doesn’t use AAVE, then black people will ridicule them and accuse them of “wanting to be white” or of self-hate; God forbid they dye their hair blond, then they will REALLY get it from black folks. Which is strange, because they’re half white anyways, so… Admit it, if mixed girls didn’t act ghetto, and acted “white,” instead, you’d STILL be complaining about that too, huh?

Dlxzvs April 26, 2015 at 9:10 am

Correction; born in Lexington, Kentucky

neiltennant December 19, 2014 at 7:31 am

she is sweeter than a cup cake and whip cream

Freerk November 28, 2014 at 4:59 pm

The surname “Jorgenson” is not Norwegian, but Swedish. The Norwegian (and Danish) variant is “Jørgensen”. So at least the line where this surname comes from is originated in Sweden.

noneofyourbusiness November 26, 2014 at 3:11 pm

I really don’t see anything special about her. She looks like an average biracial woman. I thought this site was for celebrities, not wannabe famous “singers”.

WTF November 17, 2014 at 1:33 pm

She looks a lot like her white mother. https://twitter.com/tinashemomma (Her mom’s Twitter. You can see her picture on there)
I’ve never seen a picture of her dad, but to me she looks like her mom. She’s ok looking, there are more gorgeous mixed girls out there.

Freerk November 28, 2014 at 5:08 pm

She looks like her mother? Astonishing.

Sorry …

Freerk November 28, 2014 at 5:11 pm

I couldn’t resist …

WTF November 28, 2014 at 5:50 pm

Um I said that because some ignorant people always seem to mention that mixed people looking nothing like their white parent.

Freerk November 28, 2014 at 7:42 pm

Yes, you’re right. In fact my remark supported your statement. ;-) Many people just look at the colour/tone (“She must be Swedish, ’cause she is blonde” or “She must have some Asian in her, ’cause she is NOT blonde” O_o ), but that’s only a small part of the truth. Skin colour (or hair colour, as to that) imo is completely overrated.

After years I finally know I needn’t feel bad just because my skin doesn’t produce enough melanin.

tinasheeeee October 13, 2014 at 5:50 pm

CORRECTION: She was born in Harare, Zimbabwe. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tinashe

tinasheeeee August 22, 2014 at 10:53 pm

She looks like a typical mixed girl.

ShawntheGod July 12, 2014 at 5:55 am

All mixed girls look the same, pass.

person August 5, 2014 at 3:41 pm

lol true

Your Mom August 10, 2014 at 1:41 am

I agree.

fuzzybear44 August 10, 2014 at 2:32 am

That’s not true at all.mixed girls are just like everyone else,some look like this while others you would know were mixed at all

fuzzybear44 August 10, 2014 at 3:45 am

wouldn’t know were mixed at all

tinasheeeee October 13, 2014 at 5:50 pm

She’s beautiful…

ladida October 23, 2014 at 12:00 pm

So do white people lol

blah October 23, 2014 at 5:44 pm

I have to agree with you on this. Like, nothing is really extravagant it’s just bland.

HabenaroKick July 29, 2015 at 2:42 pm

Awww, someone is bitter! LOL

Gurrl July 10, 2014 at 7:45 pm

She is pretty. And how can you look like a “hoe” in a simple smiling picture? Snide jealous people in the comments….

Bow Down Bitches July 25, 2015 at 9:33 pm

i don’t think they’re talking about this picture. i’ve watched her music videos and listened to her music, she comes off as a big hoe. she’s wearing a bra and acting slutty in the “all hands on deck” mv.

SEEXYPUREBLOODLATINA July 5, 2014 at 8:43 pm

Hahaha y’all so crazzy on here! She’s decent . I figured she was a swirl baby. She got that stoopid annoying song that they over play on the dam radio here in the north plus she in the proactive commercial.

corneliuskrenki June 21, 2014 at 11:30 am

@tinashee r u also Zimbabwean

tinasheeeee November 17, 2014 at 5:37 pm

I’m mixed with Angolan, Portuguese, French, Irish, & a lot more..

WTF June 20, 2014 at 5:44 am


ihatemostpeople June 16, 2014 at 4:17 pm

Um no offense to her, she’s pretty, but who in the hell is she?! She’s a nobody, why is she on here? Never even heard of the bitch!

tinasheeeee June 16, 2014 at 5:38 pm

She’s “famous” cuz she did her “one-hit wonder” song called 2 On with a rapper named Schoolboy Q.

Katz June 16, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Wow, she’s gorgeous. *_*

Alice June 16, 2014 at 6:40 am

Wow she’s a real pretty lady. Interesting background she has.

corneliuskrenki June 15, 2014 at 2:45 pm

oh tinasheee i really love you ,are u on twitter

corneliuskrenki May 30, 2014 at 2:06 pm

another afriiicaaan!!

tinasheeeee April 26, 2014 at 5:39 pm

She also has Gullah in her

TajMahmud May 14, 2014 at 11:35 am

Gullah by way of Zimbabwe? Lmfao!!!!

corneliuskrenki May 31, 2014 at 3:02 am

she’s not Gullah get it right

tinasheeeee June 3, 2014 at 7:26 pm

I know, she’s black & white like me.

tinasheeeee June 3, 2014 at 7:25 pm

She wasn’t born in Zimbabwe though! Lol stop being narrow minded and be nice.

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