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Here are your nominations for the 2018 Zim HipHop Awards whose venue and date is yet to be announced.The voting plattforms and ways to vote will be announced when voting commences on the 21st of November

1. Best Male

• Mariachi
• Takura
• Asaph
• R Peels
• Ti – Gonzi

2. Best Female

• Sacha
• Kikky Bad Ass
• Natasha Muz
• Tashamiswa
• Blaq Diva Quin

3. Best Collaboration

• Asaph ft Tha dawg and F Mcswag- Mambo
• Takura ft Junior Brown –Ndakabva kujecha
• Kay Gee 40 ft Mr noxa -Sterek
• Mariachi ft Junior Brown -Salisbury
• R Peels ft Tehn Diamond and Munetsi- Mweya

4. Best Hip-Hop Group
• Team bho
• Mula nation
• Nxt
• Myke Pimp and Trk
• Noble Styles and Trae young

5. Best Producer

• Jamal
• Rayo beats
• Fun F
• Quazor
• Mclyne Beats

6. Best dressed Male and Female (Chosen on Red carpet)

7. Best New Comer

• King 98
• K Brizzy
• Nxt
• Fucci
• Tanto Wavie

8. Best Local Brand Supporting Local Hip-Hop

• Zvanhuwa fashions
• Kingsville clothing
• Team legacy
• Changamire fest
• Grape vine

9. Best Album

• Mariachi -Muzukuru
• Takura -Someone had to do it
• Guluva 7 -Command hustle
• R Peels – Kudenga kure
• Crooger -Shumba inoruma

10. Best Promoter

• Preezo
• Zimboy
• Thorne laroq
• C.T.O Banks
• Naboth rizzla

11. Best Diaspora

• Don Dada
• Rich Forbes
• Young Tyran
• Mab
• Mlue J

• Kheke of  Skyz metro
• Thorne Laroq of  Khulumani fm
• Mox of  Star fm
• Prometheus of Power fm
• Lady K and Pd Tha Ghost of Zi fm

13. Best Club DJ

• Raydiz
• Tk Beats
• Dj Drew

14. Best Gospel Act

• Courtney Antipas
• J Soldier
• Joe Chiz Jnr
• Caspeado
• Dr Mtk

15. Best Dance Crew

• Antivirus
• Megatronz Empire

16. Best underground

• Muse
• GunX Da Pharoah
• H-files 
• Dakid Verse
• Lady Eef

17. Best Alternative

• Indigo Saint
• Coco Master
• Kaygee 40
• Nxt
• Chronnic

18. Best Media – ONLINE

• The Zim Tainment
• Insider 263 magazine(Cto banks)
• Juice magazine
• Zimbuzz

19. Best media –JOURNALIST

• Mike Shoko
• Charmaine Chasweka
• Tanaka Musanhi
• Bongani Ndlovu
• Ronald Magweta

20. Best Hip Hop free style artist (live rap battle)SAT 15 DEC.

21. Song of the year

• Asaph -Mambo
• Takura-Jehova
• Scrip Mula -Svoto
• Mariachi- Ngaanake
• Natasha Muz -Handizi tsaga

22. Video Of The Year

• Asaph -Mambo
• Takura – Ngoro yemoto
• Mariachi -Ngaanake
• Kikky Bad Ass -Boiz dze tonaz
• Mula Nation – Horror

23. Best Hip Hop Hustle.

• Takura
• Rick Chasers
• Kingsville clothing
• MR Kata
• Brythreesixty

24. Best Hip Hop Verse (sweet 16 award)
• Asaph -hate to say
• Guluva 7 – Khanda cool
• Takura – Ndakabva kujecha
• Muse – Grinding.
• Ti-Gonzi – Misi haifanane

25. Hip hop personality of the year (none submission category).
• Raydiz
• Dj Towers
• Calvin
• Stunner
• Kikky Badass
• Mudiwa

26. Peoples choice

• Asaph
• Takura
• Kikky
• Mariachi
• Ti-Gonzi
• Brythreesixty
• R peels


One fateful November day in 1995 Simbarashe Makare was born in Masvingo.He would grow up in Chipinge with a passion for drawing which he later turned into a profitable enterprise operating under the name Sim Doc Films.Currently studying Insurance and Risk Management at NUST Sim Doc has managed to balance books and the camera to become one of the most sought after videographers in the country.

Having taught himself to operate the camera Sim Doc  started shooting commercially in 2016 and his clientele has increased across all genres as the years flew by.Even though he is best known for his videos Sim Doc also covers events and shoots commercials and documentaries.During his formative years he recalls how shortages of equipment,poor budgets from clients and downright sabotage threatened to derail his work but he remained steadfast.He has worked with artists like Te3vo,Freeman,Terry Africa,Mula Nation,Trae Yung,Kikky Badass,Andy Muridzo,Lady B,Team Bhoo Boss,Tricky J and Crooger to name but a few.His scope is not merely national though as he hopes to one day put in work with the Drakes,Takuras,Jah Prayzahs and Wizkidz of this world.Videographers he looks up to include Kyle White,Mike Ho,Clarence Peters,Matt Allonzo,Dave Meyers,Uncle Scrooch and Kyle Lewis.

When quizzed about his plans for the future the ever optimstic Sim Doc mentioned how he wants to put Zimbabwe on the global map through visuals by bringing in new techniques,innovative ideas and an open mindset which he believes is missing in a generation where similarity is the norm.As for the current state of the music industry the videographer notes that its struggling but going somewhere and suggests that we invest in sick visuals plus better marketing if we are to get our piece of the global entertainment pie.

Mariachi has released the official lyric video for his Tinashe Makura assisted Toda Mabasa joint.The song is taken off his second album and it was produced by Fun F while the lyric video was put together by Fudge.Its an emotional and relevant look into the current state of Zimbabwe where  massive unemployment is the status quo making the informal sector the default hub for young extremely intelligent adults who can't seem to catch a break.Grandma's favorite rubbishes the excuses peddled by the system for this state of affairs pointing out how even as he and his generation sink deeper and deeper into hopelesness the elite and their pockets  seem to get fatter by the day.Rather than give in to this endless cycle of poverty which has seen the young depressed and  abusing substances with no hope in sight,Mariachi and Tinashe are demanding opportunities hence the war cry "Toda Mabasa"

For his latest single the Ninja President Winky D saw it fit to ride the trap wave that seems to have taken over the world.He initially released a sick trailer of the video and talk around these digital streets was that Winky D wanted to kill hype around Jah Prayzer's album launch with arguably the greatest video of his illustrious career.The day of reckoning came and both gentlemen had their fair share of the spoils with fans gravitating towards their faves.

Titled Paper Bag Winky's moneychasing instant anthem was produced by Oskid with the impressive visuals being shot by little known SOS.Gaffa's lyrical prowess is evident as he adopts a trappy flow against a backdrop of movie like money collecting erands,parties with fly chicks and walks around the block with his goons.He even finds time to ride around in a Maybach as Japanese subtitles play on the screen before he ends the video with a gun pointed at a nemesis we can only assume had tried to mess with the bands in his Paper Bag.

Reactions to Winky's hiphop drop were mixed but mostly positive.Dancehall fans are adamant he is Zim HipHop's saviour while sceptical rap fans said he was clout chasing by dabbling in HipHop though they were quickly reminded by more sober minds that Winky might actually have more clout as an individual than many rappers put together.Some rappers saw the move in a positive light saying it would shine a light on the largely unappreciated talent hub thats ZimHipHop.The biggest cosign came from youthfull politician Nelson Chamisa who hailed Winky as a force to reckon with in the arts sector.Calls for a remix featuring the biggest names in local hiphop have been made and only time will tell if the Ninja President pays heed to this call.Other rappers like Cal Vin took matters into their own hands and quickly dropped raps on the Paper Bag beat while Rusape based producer Splits Louis already has a Paper Bag instrumental remake up on his youtube channel.