July 2016
A few weeks ago we reported that Asaph was launching a movement that aimed to chronicle tales of Bulawayo as seen through the eyes of its youth. The movement aptly named Burg Boiz aims to do this through music drops,dabbling in aesthetics and dropping visuals to complement the music.We in week three of the movement now and already we have seen 3 fire joints and two videos with talk of a small film/documentary also doing the rounds.Production has been allocated to longtime Asaph producer Charlie Zimbo while Artline Films is handling visuals.

Week one saw Asaph teaming with Kingsley to give us the perfect anthem for those long rides home after a night of booting with the homeboys in mummy's stolen ride or that taxi you can't really afford. It's a song bout looking your best dressed in all black for that rendezvous with fly chicks in the city centre. Its also a tale of balling on a budget and calling a meeting with your comrades in the middle of a party so you can combine forces and buy enough fuel to take you home with said chicks. Relatively unknown rapper Kingsley drops a memorable verse to complement Asaph's two.

Week two saw the release of Ara Kani Jackets which is my favorite of the series thus far.Ara Kani is an ode to a local Bulawayo label owned by Nkululeko Ncube which is making strides the world over having recently showcased their newest range at the South African fashion week. But it's more than just a song about fly threads,its a story of finding shelter from a cold city and a cold country. Asaph raps about  how he thought he had made it when he was booked for the Wizkid gig (VIP suite in the capital and all) only for the show to flop. The resolve to succeed is bigger than the setbacks though and he vows to keep on keeping on till he at least makes it to Zambezi Magic. MH1 lends his voice to the joint cleverly weaving a story of good girls turning to pretty ratchets and boys getting bodied by the bodies of said ladies only for hearses to be stuck in traffic.Talk about life being at a virtual standstill.

The latest release is somewhat a dedication to the fair ladies of Bulawayo in particular and Zimbabwe in general.Yiso comes through with a touch of  R and B that is beffiting to the song's  theme. Asaph likens the ladies to birds while appreciating the yellow bones whose complexion he says is light as feathers of the  aforementioned birds. He also makes a toast to those ladies who bring their cute cousins to the boot. The videos in the series are available on the Burg Boiz YouTube channel and you can follow the The Boy Asaph on Twitter,Instagram and Soundcloud.

Cal Vin and Asaph are two of the biggest hiphop artists out of Bulawayo with an impressive body of work between them including last year's critically acclaimed offerings Year Of The Vin and Kingsvilla respectively.The first time I heard them on the same track was on the Kingsvilla cut,North End To Luveve,the joint was dope to a certain extent but with Izandla Emoyeni the duo might have unlocked enough heat to chase the remainder of the winter away.With Planet Vin set for a 13 August release date and Kingsvilla 2 set to be released a month later its an exciting time for Bulawayo hiphop and we hope  these two rappers who also happen to be the frontrunners of the Kontrol Tribe and Burg Boiz movements maintain the form they displayed on this Q-Boy Beats/Cal Vin production.

Cal Vin goes in first and even though its mostly brags about how far he has come and how much further he intends to go the bars don't sound corny at all.The Luveve native admits his life of partying and sin might have you thinking otherwise but he is still blessed beyond measure and like John Cena's trademark wrestling move you can't really see his moves until it's too late.As for the various dudes wishing he would vacate the throne he is  chilling on,he unapologetically tells them the genie they waiting on to grant said wish is actually asleep.Clever fusion of witty ndebele and English bars.

Asaph then comes through on the bridge with a quick shout out to the real ngiz (burg slang for real niggaz one would suppose) before educating us on the current state of Bulawayo with some pretty confusing slang which I'm sure my North End connect will be gracious enough to explain.With a delivery akin to a young Machiavelli Asaph talks late night escapades in Bulawayo and how the only time he can afford to spend on the city chicks is airtime.He lays down the Burg Boiz Code which is all about buzzing the homey if you wanna talk sheets (money) and never snitching on ladies you had under your sheets though the very same ladies aren't to be trusted as you are advised to count your teeth after making out with them.

The cyber streets have generally received the joint well and it looks set to become a winter anthem if the 2 000 people who downloaded it during the first two days of release have their say.For those who want to rap along to the joint we have included the lyrics for your convenience below.

Cal_Vin - Izandla Emoyeni (ft. Asaph) Lyrics

(Hook 1)
Zwana,  thina siyilaba siyilaba /
Sthanda ubunandi leFashion /
Uma ufuna ukuvayanathi /
Faka izandla emoyeni /
Uma ungagqwali ngestampa /
Ngicela ungathathi amaChance /
Hlukana nathi ungafaki izandla emoyeni /
Emoyeni emoyeni, Emoyeni emoyeni /
Ngicela u fake izandla emoyeni /
Emoyeni emoyeni, Emoyeni emoyeni /

(Cal_Vin verse)

First thing first,  I wish u luck all u niggaz /
Ngiyabona lizama ukungifica, u running your mouth /
& I'm bout to lap u twice,  n I'm sorry to do u like Dat /
It was Year Of The Vin,  and Manje we off to the Planet, I'm organized,  everything I plan I out /
Bathi ntwana u live it up / 
This ain't no luck this is blessings coz God got my back although I party hard /
Ntwana I'm an animal /
IN this jungle I'm Simba,  I know u don't see what I Done like my name is John Cena /
I know I'm a sinner,  Father forgive me I know I'm unfair to these niggaz /
Kuqakathekile ukuthi lihlale likwazi ukuthi igama lami ngubani /
It's Calvinatti uyabona mina ngifuna leMali /
Ngihamba lobani? Amagenge ami aphethe izikhali uyabona /
Me and Asaph we the best yes!, period dot dot dot dot yu can hate this /
I know we got alotta niggaz in the game,  stuck in their feelings like blind pple reading braille /
I know you wish Dat I fall from my seat,  but I'm sorry the genie in the bottle is asleep /
I am the shit, pass,  urine /
Trust me my nigga yu don't want it with me.

(Hook 2)
One time for magenge,  one time for the real ngiz /
If I swerve in my city,  hands up if u feel me /
Izandla emoyeni,  faki zandla emoyeni (if yu feel me) /
Izandla emoyeni,  faki zandla emoyeni (if yu feel me) x2

(Asaph Verse)

Deep in the Burg Daije looking nervous/
I got yobs by the heards and no they never scared/
its my time, one time for the burg grind/
say she wana spend time i just send her airtime/
underground writers, graveyard, deadlines/
wana take shots you'll be dead before a deadline/
damn right/
We be turning up with the suspects/
Im giving up rap for some dubstep/
young mzo with the zaphs downstairs/
Heard they caught him pissing out in public/
Me and Vin pissin on the rap game/
Baby dont uu call me by my rap name/
She wana be the bae but oh no/
uu and Sandra Gonah aint the same thing/
Son this is my destiny/
Keeping god above me haters underneath/
never trust these daijes kiss n count your teeth/
Never snitch on daijes uu had under sheets/
Never call my phone if uu ain't talking sheets/
I can't roll with nigas who drink flying fish/
Who the best in Zim Me Cal n Pinn/
Raise your hands to this if uu feeling me

(Hook 1)
Zwana,  thina siyilaba siyilaba /
Sthanda ubunandi leFashion /
Uma ufuna ukuvayanathi /
Faka izandla emoyeni /
Uma ungagqwali ngestampa /
Ngicela ungathathi amaChance /
Hlukana nathi ungafaki izandla emoyeni /
Emoyeni emoyeni, Emoyeni emoyeni /
Ngicela u fake izandla emoyeni /
Emoyeni emoyeni, Emoyeni emoyeni /

If I was asked to describe Tehn Diamond my answer would probably be a mixture of talent and passion.Let's face it the rap game has always been full of rapper dudes with all the talent in the world who fell on the sidelines of success because they didn't posses heart for the game.Tehn has never been that and his catalogue which includes 3 mixtapes,a joint album with Jnr Brown and Takefizzo is enough testament to that.Add months spend in Asia doing gigs and perfecting his craft and how he quit university to give his all to music and you have a global icon in the making.

All these factors fused with an eye for opportunity and business acumen have resulted in the launch of TND SZN or Tisu Ngoda Dzacho Season a lifestyle brand set to focus on music,fashion,film etc.Tisu Ngoda Dzacho (We are the Diamonds) first appeared in Tehn's song Simudza Gumbo before it became a regular hashtag of his and other Zim kids who believed they were the diamonds many an explorer had searched for since time immemorial. The hashtag eventually gave birth to a snap back line and a website www.tnd.co.zw was launched in January on Tehn's birthday.Fast forwad to 1 July 2016 and the website has been revamped and it's set to be a key element of Tehn's album release come 30 September when he drops A few good poems.

As part of the activities lined up for TND SZN Tendai Ngoda as Tehn is fondly known has dropped a remix to  Bhoo Tsano available for streaming on the TND website and on his Facebook page. Perhaps to reaffirm his seriousness as an Influencer of popular culture,Tehn deviated from the normal remix pattern of a number of new artists on the same beat choosing to enlist the services of Verseless Philo on the keys and on beatboxing to come up with a different vibe all together. Simba Tagz stayed on the chorus and Gze was given a verse which he totally slayed with a mix of ghetto Intelligence,Game of thrones references and mafioso name drops.The theme of course is how no amount of hate or being looked down on will change the fact that tiri bhooo tsano (we are good fam)

In the meantime keep your eyes glued to the TND website and see what Tehn has planned for you and yours sonically and fashionwise as we await the release of A few Good Poems and hopefully The Perfect Tehn soon after.

Brythreesixty and Cal_Vin reignited a partnership that gave us Konzeresa remix to deliver one of Bry's finest verses this year,the Gnik produced High Score Remix.In typical ThreeSixty fashion the beat is trap influenced and  best played on quality headphones or those speakers your landlord hates so much.With such a thumping beat Vin and Bry could have slacked on bars and delivery but they actually came through with nice penwork likely to impress crowds from Luveve through Rimuka all the way to Chitown.

Brythreesixty says the joint is aimed at raising the bar in local hiphop and ideally leading him to the top of the log standings with the highest score ever.To that end he has been setting himself up for such a likelihood as a football player would set up a penalty.Cal_Vin is out to tell those who believe he has fallen off that he is still the goal getting Luveve boy we love so much with a healthy sprinkling of hate from some sections of course.With a mix of ndebele and English bars Vin let's us know his numbers and ratings are on marijuana (read high) and he is pulling pretty good crowds to his shows.

The joint is the second Bulawayo feature Bry has done in as many weeks following his collaboration with Maestro IV on Mari Yako Chete.As for Cal_Vin its one of many as he builds up anticipation for his 2016 album launch set to coincide with the Made In Bulawayo hiphop concert slated  for an August date in Bulawayo.

http://brythreesixtyworld.com/

Best newcomer at the Zimhiphop Awards has one request for us this winter and that's to put some respeck on Bulawayo.His latest single taken off his award winning album Color Of Dreams is an attempt to regain lost pride for his hometown Bulawayo fondly known as City Of Kings (and Queens of course).Production was handled by Marvin and the sound leans towards the Skanda vibe and if you hadn't paid attention to his album this might be reason enough to pay it a revisit.

Like the title suggest the song is all about Bulawayo and the Kasien Republic Head Honcho takes us on a full tour of the City of Kings from its icons,sounds and prominent places.In one verse he shouts out hoods from said Bulawayo while he spits about the influence of Jays Marabani,Cool Crooners,Sandra Ndebele etc on him and his music in the next.The ultimate Bulawayo Icon the late Vice President of the republic Joshua Nkomo isn't spared either as Mr Kasien salutes him for the role he played in shaping many a King/Queen's dream.

A quick chat with Guluva on the sidelines of the release revealed some pretty interesting things about his relationship with Bulawayo.He revealed that he feels most artists in the genre have neglected the city  focusing mainly on their hoods not the city as a whole.He recalls listening to various legends past and present and how they were proud of Bulawayo and being inspired by the same legends to channel his energy into producing an ode for his city that's strictly hiphop.So next time you meet the homey around be sure to put some respect on his city's name,it's only right.

https://soundcloud.com/guluvase7en/08city-of-kings-prodby-marv

I first heard Chizzoe on a joint last year when he dropped Bizzoe celebrating everything turn up.Since then he has continued to impress mostly on features produced by Norton based Vic Enlisted.He opened up the year by going toe toe with Sharky and Don Cavelle on Garai Pasi before he killed his verse on Pombonoka remix.For the longest time we were waiting to see how he would perform on a solo tip and his latest joint Shinda Mughedi has just proved what we long suspected,dude really has that Class 1 licence when it comes to navigating his way around bars.The joint was recorded in Norton at Enlisted International and the beat and mastering are on point.

I've read somewhere that there is a close relationship between rappers and ballers with the other wanting to be the other and vice versa.Chizzoe exploits this to the fullest likening his entry into hiphop to entrance into a soccer match.The song is riddled with football related metaphors some of which might escape the ears of less keen ears.Peharps reffering to how he has shined on features Chizzoe claims the super sub who always impresses title.But he also wants one thing to be clear,he is a lone gunmam who has scored singlehandedly without any assists even rapping that he will make it alone he doesn't need no assists.

As has become the norm for rapper dudes he has a few choice words for his peers whom he feels are slacking. He craftily tells us offers to feature dudes who are a bit lame have been coming but he is no Jairos Jiri so he won't give hope to dudes whose bars are reclining in a wheel chair.As for the wave of beef that has overshadowed actual talent in local hiphop he cautions rappers from inheriting beef that's not theirs saying
Some of these rappers here catching feelings from nowhere
Kunamira kushure kwebeef yevamwe kunge ndove

This is the level of talent that can take Zimbabwean hiphop to the future and it will be interesting to see were Chizzoe will go from here.

https://m.soundcloud.com/nigelchizz/shinda-mugedhi-prod-by-vict?utm_source=soundcloud&utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=facebook

This year has been a busy one for ex trinity member Gze with an impressive work rate that has seen him drop two fire singles and a shoot a video in the process.For his latest release which was produced by McZee he enlisted the help of yesteryear's Chimurenga jingles poster child Sister Flame as he makes a toast to dearly departed homeys.

He doesn't deviate from his laid back,gangster rap,smooth delivery as he blends with the silky McZee beat to ask the Lord to open up the gates of heaven for his peers who have left the land of the living.Sister Flame provides sultry backing vocals and adlibs.Gze accepts that as much as it hurts ultimately its the Creator's decision on who lives and who dies rapping on the chorus
Boys dzangu dzakacrosser dzakune rimwe divi
Misodzi ichidonha maziso piriviri
Mabvi nemagokora mwari ndovanotonga
PaPearly Gates Jehova vavhurirei mukova

Gze  goes a step further to chide God for the frequency of death on his block arguing pain ain't really that necessary. He remembers trading bars with his homey and how he never thought he would be his pall bearer.While the joint is in part about death and its effects on those remaining its also a journey down memory lane on times spent,happy and not so happy,from the pain of the hustle and the trips to the pub to grab a drink to help forget the struggle at least for the night.Its also a picture of the extent of comradeship in the ghetto especially during the comeup were dudes will share the same outfit only switching the T-shirt to confuse inquisitive people who might want to put their noses in the business of Gees.

He finishes off the highly emotional joint by namedropping industry peers whom he either worked with or held in high regard among them TBA,femcee Amelia and mbira star Taku Mafika who have since passed.To that list he adds legends from his hood Southerton and school mates from Dadaya.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=29eYakKgqtc

Sometime last year Marcques dropped a scorcher that was aimed at silencing all his critics and haters (whichever is more politically correct) and it was aptly titled Nyarara.A few months passed and photos of a video shoot started surfacing rousing our curiosity and upon enquiry we were told the video had indeed been shot by Chris Shoca for Black Phantom Films though the release date was still hazy.Just when we had given up hope of seeing the video Madzibaba Makani aka Mr Zunguza teased us with a short clip of the video and we hastily rushed to make sure the neighbours WiFi was up to date so as to catch the video when it dropped.The video has soon dropped and for a debut video its looking pretty wavy.

Shot on location in Mbare,Nyarara sees Marcques dabbing in a white gemenzi in one scene while the whole squad looks on.He even got the kids,looking like they need a bath as kids are known to do,singing along to the chorus.It being a Marcques video and Celebrity Boyfriend being his nom de plume some celebrity eye candy was to be expected and Miss Crimson Blue and some anonymous ladies (hook us up bruuuh) looking all sexy make cameo appearances and I'm pretty sure business at Mbare Musika slowed down a bit on the day of the video shoot.Marcques's partner in rhyme Mile also makes an appearance.

Hopefully this is the first of many videos from the man as he has promised a couple more videos from his upcoming album Book Of Marcques and a few others from his duo album with Mile Lost In Translation.He also revealed they have plans to drop a deluxe version of Lost In Translation in the near future.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?sns=fb&v=iW5G3K7mZqU