December 2017
One of our favorite moments at Coke Studio Africa this year was when our very own Jah Prayzah teamed up with Ghanaian superstar Joey B and Ethiopia's Betty G to cover Jason Derulo 's hit song In My Head.Coke Studio managed to bring together the African Super Stars with American MegaStar Derulo to produce a cover that was rooted in Africa while staying true to Jason's original hit.Jah brought in the Mbira and his native Shona language with Joey and Betty coming through with sultry vocals and raps respectively in their indigenous languages to bring a new "Afrospopsque" feel to Jason's song.

It's all systems go for the Chitown Music Entertainment and Lifestyle awards which are slated for today at 2000 hrs at  Tanza  center in Chitungwiza.The award showcase is in it's second year and it's organizers came up with the idea after realizing that Chitungwiza was bubbling with talent but recognition was all but missing.They then came up with this initiative to put a spotlight on deserving creatives from Chitungwiza and reward excellence in various creative fields with a bias towards music.

This year's event will be graced by a large list of guests who include award winning DJs Lady K,PD the Ghost and Dj Mox from ZiFM & Star FM respectively plus artists like Nutty O,Bryan K and Adrian Tate among others.ZimHipHop awards founder Beefy is also set to make an appearance and performances are expected from Bryan K,Beav City,Natasha Muz and Nutty O.

Below is the list of the nominees for this year's edition of Chitown Music, Entertainment and Lifestyle Awards
CMELA Nominees 2017
Best Male
•Sharky
•Beav City
•Nyasha Timbe
•Ninja Kid
•Scrip Mula
Song Of The Year
•Nash Milli - On Me
•Tonderai  - Beav City
•Nyasha Timbe - Sthandwa
•Ninja Kid - Wakanaka Mwana
•Scrip Mula - Maria Musante
Video Of The Year
•Wakanaka Mwana - Ninja Kid
•Maria Musande - Scrip Mula
•Masuwo - Dexter BaysiQ X Lex Alexendar
Producer Of The Year
Nyasha Timbe
Jamal
Thaza
Tanto
Hoodstarmadeit
Success
Best Dancehall Act
Guspy warrior
Dhadza D
Hwindi President
Lady squanda
Ninja Kid
Best Female
Natasha Muz
Clessy
Artist Of The Year

Mula Nation
Beav City
Sharky
Ninja Kid
Natasha Muz
Peoples Choice
Nash Milli
Beav City
Hwindi President
Dexter BaysiQ
Dadza D
Scrip Mula
Sharky
Best Club Dj
Wisler
Smooth
Kublo
Vasco
Zhacks
Honorary Award
To be announced on the night
The 2017 ZimHipHop Awards were held in BULAWAYO at the Academy of music on the 9th of December.The awards showcase which seeks to honour movers and shakers in the genre was hosted by CalVin and Asaph with rappers and fans from all over the country converging in the city of Kings to see if their favorites would emerge winners at the end of the night.As is the norm with award ceremonies the final list of winners has created debate online with people voicing their opinion as to who should have and who shouldn't​ have won an award.Check out the full list and tell us what y'all think.

Best male – Stunner
Best female – Kikky Badass
Best newcomer – Tulk Munny
Best song – Tehn, No Stress
Best group – Few Kings
Best producer – Take Fizzo
Best online media – Keep It Real Fridays
Best radio DJ – Lady K and PD The Ghost for the The Fixx on ZiFM Stereo
Best album – Noble Stylz, Better Than Your Album
Best promoter – Jackson Zimboy
Best Gospel – Mudiwa Hood
Best hustle – Mudiwa Hood
Best video – Mudiwa Hood -slayin
Best underground – Indigo Saint
Best diaspora – Hilzy
Best verse – Guluva Se7en, ngena ka1
Best dance crew – Super Geeks
Best collaboration – Myke Pimp – get mine ft Jnr Brown and Trk
Best alternative – Simba Tagz
Best local family supporting Zim hip hop – Team Big Family
Best TV Media – Hip Hop 263 by Naboth Rizla
Best journalist – Bongani Ndlovu
The video for Tamy's catchy tune celebrating self love are finally here and boy are they beautiful.Word on the street is the video was initially supposed to be directed by a certain videographer who didn't come through for the job so the the job fell into the capable hands of Andy Cutta.The up tempo pop song preaches loving oneself despite one's race,creed and customs since beauty comes in many shapes & forms.The video follows this vein with a mix of different cultures/races all celebrating diversity and Dobba Don's dancehall verse alongside Takura's trappy verse only serve to drive this point home.

Bulawayo emcee Asaph recently dropped his fourth full length project Twenty Five and he has followed that up by releasing  the first video off that project.The dancehallsque body features Mzoe Seven and the visuals were directed by Fusion Media Group.This is set to be one of many videos from 25 if his Twitter is to be believed.The Burg Boy is also set to work with Kid X after reaching out to the South African rapper on Twitter and getting a favourable response.

Local HipHop fanatics prolly know Sharky as the boy who reps the monkey totem and if there is one track that cemented his love for his totem it's probably Soko Matemai. Way before his award winning debut and his profound sophomore album Sharky was putting in work at G-Records and his partnership with Gwagz gave us one of  if not the dopest songs of both their careers.While the beat was very Hip Hopy the actual content of this song was rooted deep in Africa's belief that our ancestors and totems have a part to play in our self development.As such it serves as a prayer of sorts to the powers that be by a young man at the cross roads looking to conquer life so he can make a long line of Soko Matemai's who came before him proud.