2018
It was in 2015 at the tender age of 15 that Nial Ainca embarked on her musical journey.Three years later she is putting in work on an EP that has an early 2019 release date.The singer,songwriter,aspiring fashion designer cum rapper has worked on a couple of singles and collaborations in 2018.One of the singles titled Gimme Love produced by AMVIS Instrumentals recently got a video directed by Yerorp and Starlord Draco.The song showcases her singing and rapping abilities while the video complements the actual song with scenes of Nial getting love from a member of the Beard Gang before chilling with her crew which we assume is discussing what went down during her intimate moments with Bae.

The Zim HipHop community converged at the Affluent Pabloz Night Club for the the 2018 Zim HipHop Awards this past weekend to reward artistes who had put in work throughout 2018.While the Venue was a tad too boujee for most of the attendees and their fans the event was generally a success with many deserving winners and some good perfomances courtesy of Asaph and Mula Nation.Asaph was the biggest winner of the night scooping Song Of The Year,Best Collaboration and Best Video for his smash hit Mambo which features Tha Dawg and Fish McSwagg.Takura scooped Best Male and Best HipHop Hustle while Mudiwa retained Best Dressed Male besides winning Hip Hop Personality of the Year.A positive worth mentioning was the auctioning of a plaque which raised $300 towards charity as  well as a pledge by corporates to gift each winner with a $100 to be invested back into the rappers' careers.

Here is the full list of the winners

Best Media Journalist – Michael Shoko

Best Online Media – The ZimTainment

Best Diaspora – Yung Tyran

Best Group – Mulanation

Best Local Brand – Zvanhuwa

Best Gospel – Courtney Antipas

Best Dance Group – Antivirus

Best Collaboration – Asaph ft Fish F McSwagg ,Tha Dawg

Best Producer – Rayo Beats

Best Club Dj – Ray Dizz

Best Underground – H Files

Best Radio Dj – Lady K & Pd The Ghost 

Best Hip Hop Hustle – Takura

Best Album – Mariachi

Best Hip Hop Verse – Ti Gonzi (scream for me)

Best Video – Asaph (Mambo)

Best Newcomer – Tanto Wavie

Song of the year – Asaph (Mambo)

Best Female – Natasha Muz

Best Male – Takura

Best Hip Hop Personality – Mudiwa

Best People’s Choice – Brythreesixty

Best Dressed Male  – Mudiwa

Best Dressed Female – Tiara
Worldwide its the norm for radio stations to honour artists on their playlists with awards that are meant to celebrate musical accomplishments achieved in any given year.Locally Bulawayo based Skyz Metro FM was the first to join this global trend but other radio stations including Power FM are coming to the party.Power FM has partnered with local cellphone brand Avion for the first ever Power fm Avion Music Awards set to be held in January 2018.Works are invited from all Zimbabwean artists as long as they were released for public consumption between 27 November 2017 and 27 November 2018.Artists can grab entry forms and submit at various ZBC studios across the country including Montrose Studios in Bulawayo,Central FM in Gweru,ZBC Mbare studios as well as ZBC Pocket Hill studios.Forms are also available at the Avion Store located at Karigamombe in the capital.

The submission period will run between 10 December and 23 December after which nominees will be announced to the general public via the press,Power FM and its sister stations in the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation.Thereafter a public vote will be held via various platforms before the actual awards showcase which will be broadcast live on ZBC.Categories for the awards are as follows:

1.Female Artist of the year
2.Male Artist of the year
3.Power Collaboration of the year
4.Newcomer of the year
5.Album of the year
6.People's choice award
7.Lifetime Achievement award
8.Best Hip Hop
9.Best House Music
10.Best Afro Pop
11.Best Zimdancehall
12.Best Jazz 
13.Best Gospel
14.Music Video of the year
15.Producer of the year
16.Entertainment Journalist of the year
17.African Power award

Further enquiries can be adressed to powerfmavionmusicawards@gmail.com or 0719498670
The year 2018 has been epic for Bulawayo HipHop with a lot of dope drops that have managed to make noise countrywide.One artist determined to navigate his own way is rapper/producer SilolaMkhonto pioneering a sound known as Sgub Kwela.This year alone he has worked with Asaph,King BL and Kbrizzy on a couple of tracks that are set to appear on a full lenght project he is dropping in early 2019.One of those tracks featuring KBrizzy now has visuals courtesy of Marcus Khumalo of BlackInk Creates.Titled Manga Manga the joint was recorded,mixed and mastered by Silola while the beat was a team efffort featuring the skills of Phanas,Doc Shinglo and Murphy Cubic.Manga Manga sees KBrizzy and SilolaMkhonto flex their rhyming skill while detailing the extremes they are willing to reach in chasing that ever elusive guapo.The video follows this narrative showcasing vintage scenery in the wild that sees the duo play a gramophone,put out a hit on a man who crossed them as pretty lasses entertain them before joyriding on Scanias and lighting bonfires at night to show all and sundry they aint here for games

Between 2014 and 2017 K Brizzy was busy disrupting the Namibian HipHop scene with his skills on the microphone eventually earning him two nominations at the Namibian Music Awards for Best HipHop and Best Group.In 2018 he came back to his native Bulawayo and he continued to put in work dropping his Cashmere Summer EP which garnered him nominations for Best New Comer at the Bulawayo Arts Awards as well as the Zim HipHop Awards.Finally he has dropped the first visual off the project and its for Diablo whose beat was courtesy of Namibian artist KK.The video was shot by Andy Cutta and it features cameos from Asaph,PD The Ghost,Rockie DUOB and Ganyaz Jnr.Gusheshes drift as mans in Ara Kani threads  vibe to the trappy exploits of a Galactico alien to tameness with a penchant for quoting cobras verbatim (his words not ours)

For his first ever female rap feature South African based superstar Hillzy chose buzzing femcee Tashamiswa stylized as Tasha.Their duet is titled Don't Go and it was produced by Steezy Beatz.The sentimental bop focuses on a relationship on the verge of dying making use of Hillzy's  trapsoulsque delivery and Tasha's raps to tell the story from both the female and male percpective.Hillzy admits he fucked up but promises to do better as he envisions a future without the one he loves while Miss Tasha points out all the times he messed up while  making  her intentions to return to paradise lost known.

Growing up in the ghetto Xmas often entailed going back to our roots ekhaya aboard the countless Chicken Buses that were there at the time.I used to think they called them chicken buses because of the insane amount of chicken that was consumed on them.The night before the journey mumy hardly slept cooking up a meal fit for the princes and princesses we were.Around the time of Peter's betrayal of Jesus it would be a frenzy as she used a combination of cajoling and threats to ensure everybody was enroute to the rank were the buses would already be exhaling that heavenly diesel smell.

Because of all the rumors surrounding B and C  and the subsequent news reports of yet another B and C bus taking people to meet God before their time was up  Mama respectfully declined the B and C conductor's offer to help us load granny's christmas load aboard the bus.So it was either ZUPCO with  its ever cheerfull driver looking like a dembare supporter with his blue beret and blue uniform or the green colors of Kukura Kurerwa.

Once inside the countdown would begin for the time to eat the tastiest chicken man had yet cooked.Luckily the bus always had a fitted stereo that banged all the latest joints some which ZBC's  Ezomgido had denied us the pleasure to see.From Marshall Munhumumwe moaning his harsh treatment at the hands of a bossy wife to a Michael Jackson tune only a handful of us Radio 3 addicts could sing along too much to the chagrin of the older folk the music was an essential part of the journey.Who can forget the Simon Chimbetu and Dr Nero chart toppers which always drew a wiggle from the scud clutching white bearded dude in a tweed suit.Thomas Makion and Zhakata almost always made Dad pause mid drumstick to remind us him and them had practically gone to the same school.Thus in no time we found ourselves at our destination Murambinda home of all the Mhofus and Chiheras were a beaming Paternal grandmother would chide her muroora for not coming to see her enough.
About five years ago Zimbabwean HipHop pioneer Mau Mau dropped Ndamutswa a single from his then upcoming album Damascus.The song was totally different from his previous offerings and it signalled his entry into gospel rap complete with a name change that saw him drop Mau Mau as a moniker choosing to go by his birthname Shingirayi Sabeta.Ndamutswa features vocals from Alvina and production by Anonzi Xndr while the video was shot by Angel Arts Films.While the story is about getting lost/dying from following the ways of the world before Christ resurects you the song is also a biography of sorts and a timeline that details Shingirayi's many years in the industry.From putting in work with Prince Tendai,Fortune Mparutsa to living and rapping about the fast life before seeing the light like Paul at Damascus no part of the artist formerly known as Mau Mau's life is sacred.He even finds time to shout out Zim Legit,Peace Of Ebony while paying homage to his late father,grandmother and uncle.

The Ndaramu trap king FishF McSwagg is always serving us trappy afrocentric vibes and we are here for them every damn time.His latest drop is Mbali Yami,a visual offering directed by Mthabisi Onias.Mbali Yami is a tale of three souls tied together by love and friendship albeit unknowingly.Two friends woo the same girl and she is unable to resist their charms accepting them both.Good times are had by all and letters written (carefully stored in a Kango teapot) culminating in a pregnancy which results in a miscarriege unfortunately.Friend 1 tells Friend 2 who advices him to look for evidence of juju leading to the discovery of our kango teapot,a fight and ultimately deep depression that sees Friend 1 drinking his sorrows away.Friend 2 steps in to comfort their mutual girl but discovers the teapot with its contents  too leading to a heated fight which sends the girl to the tomb of her child where she meets the shell of what was once the majestic father of her late child.

Tamy Moyo's stock continues to skyrocket with each release she drops making her one of the most exciting and consistent young voices on the Zimbabwean music scene.Her latest release is a single titled Tekere which was produced by Jerry Spirit Fingers with equally awesome visuals shot by Andy Cutta Films.Tamy says the song was inspired by Brenda Fassie's fiestyness and resolve to always rise above the status quo.Shot on location in South Africa the video sees Tamy and her girls get their fly on complete with peng outfits and fire makeup as they vibe to Tamy's words of self affirmation and celebration of one'self because the almighty created us wavy like that.

It would seem like Freeman on vocals and Blaqs on visuals is a recipe for awesomeness without debate.Their latest collaboration happens to be Big Life a single off the Dancehall Doctor's Mukuru WeKambamani album.The video for this particular song was shot in South Africa and in keeping with the subject matter of the song the video seeks to highlight how a life of living large without taking care of your family will only lead to disaster and tears for you and yours.As such we see a "Playboy" blowing money fast while neglecting his mother and siblings before  ultimately mourning his mum because he did not care for her enough when she was alive.Freeman has hinted at a fresh video when the Big Life visual reaches a respectable number of views as well as an EP whose working title is the "Kusuka EP".


Just in time for the 16 Days against Gender Based Violence Zimdancehall sensation Enzo Ishall has released a touching and poignant video for Matsimba.Shot by  Stan Joni the song takes a different route from the swaggy Smart Rinotangira Kutsoka video or his dancehall hit Kanjiva.Matsimba is social commentary at its best as it seeks to tell the story of marginalized girls from the rural areas who are taken in by sympathetic relatives only to have their innocence taken by family members they trust.In as much as the path we call life gets hard the Chillspot Stallion urges the suffering girl child to find solace in the fact that even the hardest paths have footprints to a better tommorow.

When i walk amongst the uncultured i oft fancy myself a poet and a fairly accomplished man-glue with a knack for putting words together.When i do meet actual poets i get a bad case of the chills and my admiration and excitement can barely be contained.Such was my reaction when a random text message from Rae Lyric a muse i had been obsessed with from a distance hit my inbox one night.Miss Rae was launching a book of poems and she was looking for the presence of a blogger or two.I simply typed yes,switched off my phone and started hoola hooping inside my not so spacious ghetto lodgings until the Landlord reminded me who i was and i had to get down from the Stan-High i was on.

Accordingly the day arrived and i made my way to the Rooftop Plaza where i met fellow creatives who had come to celebrate this milestone in Diana's budding career.As she took to the stage to welcome us all that was my first time actually seeing her in the flesh.  I was mesmerised by her ability to control the mood in the room and dictate the pace of events.We listened attentively as she spoke about how her family had begun asking a bunch of questions soon after her birthday."Where was the suitor who would walk her down the aisle,had any wedding dates been set,what of a child".As shots were served and beers downed ears opened more and more with the guitar strings providing a backdrop to Diana's alluring tales of how that very night was her wedding night and she was marrying her craft with her book being the obvious offspring from what she termed a match made in heaven.

The night sped by with a number of scintilating spoken word recitals and conversations around bonfires with comrades of a literary disposition.After the event itself the days flew by till time seemed to stop when heartbreaking messages started popping up all over the timeline.Disbelief and denial was the preffered reaction but more and more evidence surfaced of a flame extinguished from this thankless world to add to Heaven's poetic ranks.She of the Sun had returned with all her brilliance to her origins in Apollo's hallways and Earth was all the more forlon for it.Till we meet again sleep well dear wordsmith.

A quick look at the entertainment calender in Zimbabwe will reveal that not many dates and stages are played by local rappers.Rather than blame promoters for not putting rappers on,the good folk at Mumhanzi Media took it upon themselves to create a platform for local rap to shine onstage.The event dubbed Mumhanzi Night is scheduled for the 23rd of November at Theatre In The Park and for the reasonable price of 3 dollars you get to see a host of superstars and upcoming talents showcase their skills from 1800 hrs till late.Artists scheduled to perfom include local hiphop staples like Mc Chita,Tulk Munny,Crooger,Kikky Badass,R Peels,Marcquess and Fun F.Representing for the feminine side of hiphop is Natasha Muz,Kara,TruNorth and Snix.Scrip Mula and his Mulanation peers are set to appear onstage as is Dakid Verse,Afrow Zenda,Double Jae,Official Biznez,Mik Manjengwa,VI the Law,Matebele Boi,Uncle Sam,N Jay O,Mela9 Reign,Boi Mac,Sway The 3rd,Baller Mandizha,Slayer amongst others.With such a diverse lineup various flavours of local hiphop will be on display from trappy bops,storytelling,serious bars,party songs and even commercial awesomeness.We wish Mumhanzi Media and their partners all the best as they attempt to show that local hiphop can pull numbers and we hope this is only the start of greater things to come.
In late 2017 Norton's very own P Mula dropped his Believe In Mula project and one of the tracks that stood out was Rich Bugger.In 2018 he saw it fit to drop a G Mix of the track with a number of his peers in rhyme who include Tulk Munny,Meister Mind,Chizzoe,Splits Louis,Sinbad and the Alumni Gang.The song was produced by Vic Enlisted while the video was directed by Talent of Picit Media.The song focuses on the aspirations of many "hustlers" who put in work day in and day out in a bid to become wealthy members of society aka Rich Buggers.The visuals were shot in the Harare CBD near the infamous "Fashion Police" hangout which happens to be the go to place for the latest items of street wear thus fitting the song's script of getting your dollars by any means.

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

12. Best Radio DJ (NONE SUBMISSION CATEGORY)
• 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

(VOTING STARTS WEDNESDAY 21 NOVEMBER 2018. Voting Platforms T.B.A.)

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.
The art of making music is a complex process and sometimes even the most talented artists struggle to make a decent song palatable to ears with good music taste.In developed industries this is easily solved by an A and R who matches the perfect beat to the perfect feature and the perfect producer for artists on his label to shine as they should.DJs plus experienced producers can also fit into this role leading to albums by the aforementioned though that concept is all but foreign in these parts.Enter local hiphop authority,award winning Dj,producer,A and R PD The Ghost with his debut EP on a quest to show us how good music should be made and all he asks is for us to Trust The Process.




Not leaving any room for mistakes the Zi FM radio host handpicked several producers and matchmaked them with vibes he wanted to create and subsequently artists he wanted to create them with.A fusion of different sounds and different cities is perfectly executed by names established and upcoming with the EP boasting of a roster that includes GZE,Kevin Munetsi,Nutty O,Myk Pimp,Nameless,Simba Tagz,Courtney Antipas,K Brizzy,Silolamkhonto and Jazz Prosper.On production we have PD himself alongside Simba Tagz,Reverb 7,Phanas,Nameless,Leekay,Jamal and Warren H.The leading genres in Africa i.e HipHop,Afro Pop and Dancehall are all catered for in this project which PD says is only the beginning in a long line of EPs,Mixtapes and albums from him and his camp.

Trust The Process (EP)

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My name is Leonard Mapfumo aka naMapfumo/Kule. First and foremost I am a musician and I have been producing records since 1999. I am an Artistic Director for Jacaranda Culture and Media Cooperation, the Vice Chairman for Beacon of Hope children's home, a brand ambassador for Dengu Online, former ambassador for Dance4lifeZimbabwe and I co-own a record label Heshi Mfeshi 

My big break into the music industry came with the release of my first single Seiko featuring a long-time friend Rockford Chitsvatsva Josphat aka Roki. I have since released 5 albums namely The R&L 40 track album the first half, NaMapfumo, The  Journey ,The road to Israel and Access point 414317. I am featured on 3 compilations Galaxy studio volume 2, Chamhembe 1 and 2, I have had 8 number 1 tracks and 22 songs that have been on Zimbabwean chart shows. My track Maidei featuring Kevie and Exq still holds the record for the longest number 1 record on the Zimbabwean charts.



I am passionate about mentoring/ helping young and upcoming artists in a bid to grow Zimbabwean arts within and outside Zimbabwe. I am very much driven in mentoring artists who create responsible content under my mentorship program. I have worked with artists such as Taurai Mandebvu, Shinsoman, Yaka, Yoz, DJ Mbale just to mention a few and currently am working with Nyasha David, Souldeep, Those guys vacho, Union 5 and Fusion 5. I am also passionate about the fight against HIV and AIDS pushing for an HIV free generation.
Ammara Brown's stock continues to rise with every move she makes and every new piece of art she drops.The  most recent in a lineage filled with epic works is her single featuring Nigerian sensation Mr Eazy.Titled Svoto the song is part of her upcoming Ammartia Ignite project which has a November release date.Speaking on how the collaboration came about the Barefooted Goddes mentioned how working with Eazy has been in the works since 2016 and how they missed a potential recording session in London last year due to extremely unfavourable weather conditions at the time.The two later killed a festival together in Zambia subsequently linking up in Joburg to record Svoto.



The video was shot in the South African township of Soweto and the activities featured are in perfect tune with the song's theme of enjoying the love of your significant other even if the outside world frowns upon it.Ammara flees a tyranical boss and paints the town red with her beau as the paparazzi trails her and her boss becomes increasingly agitated to truly epitomize Svoto

Masimba Biyasi aka Dakid Verse has dropped the second video off his debut album The Father Of The Son (2018) dedicated to his son Joel who is also Exucutive Producer   Titled Jecha the video was directed by Denver 'Deezy' Wenyika for ZikuTsoTsi Movement which is Dakid Verse 's indie record label . The audio production was handled by King Kus and BlakBoi DaDon from MaBeatz Eshumba and Mula Nation  respectively.The visuals were shot in St Marys and they feature cameos from Chitown dudes painting a picture of the lifestyle mans from all over Zimbabwe in general and Chitungwiza in particular go about their day to day runnings .


Hailing from Chitungwiza is Natasha Muz  one of the breakout female voices in hiphop for 2018.Having released a few solid singles,she has perfomed on a couple of shows around the country as well as put in work with various rappers including Ti Gonzi,Biznez and Kent amongst others.Born Natasha Muromba 22 years ago Miss Muz has previously described her style as all encompassing saying she can body any style from rap,afropop to house  though HipHop seems to occupy a special place in her heart.

Grandma's favorite Mariachi aka Muzukuru recently released his sophomore solo album which was aptly named after his Muzukuru moniker.The album is a solid body of work but in true George  Orwel style it seems one beast is more equal than the others. The beast in question happens to be fan favorite Salisbury which features Fun F on production and
Jnr Brown on the infectious hook.



Dedicated to those born in Harare and those who migrated to Zimbabwe's capital city in search of the ever elusive guala the song sees the two Zim HipHop veterans painting a picture of a climate that goes back to default settings the more it changes.Nomatter what happens paper chasing addicts remain the same consistently birthing new modus operandi to  secure that bag all the while  looking fresh and suave like Tich Mataz in the 90s.
Suprise album drops seem to have taken the global HipHop scene by storm and it was only a matter of time before one of ours dropped heat on us without warning.Award winning diasporan emcee Karizma took to his twitter in Eminem's "I did not overthink this one" fashion and announced his second album Fakazi complete with streaming/download options without as much as a whisper about the project beforehand.The 8 song strong project produced by Soulchef from New Zealand and Phil  Chronics from  Venice. It derives its title from Karrizy's dad's name which is Ndebele for  Witness.



Fakazi is a crispy fusion of lyricism clothed in soulful and jazzy boom bapy instrumentals with a poignant Point Of View only a veteran in the game could properly execute.Interestingly the project was supposed to be a string of original freestyles for Karrizy Mondays meant to build up hype for an album Karizma was working on at the time.That album did not see the light of day and we ended up with this nice dose of lyrical exercise instead.
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Team work makes the dream work is a mojo the young kings at Mula Nation Group seem to apply in their day to day undertakings and it seems to be paying dividends.Their latest collaborative effort is the Horror video directed by Sim Doc arguably one of the most creative video directors to emerge on the videography scene in 2018.



The audio production was handled inhouse by Scrip Mula and the new wave/very trappy vocals come courtesy of Scrip,Narga and Lord Breezie.Horror is a a really trappy/new school offering but its far removed from the meaningless mumbo jumbo of mumble rap as the bars adress real life issues of seeing red because some people in your life do not want you to succeed.The artistic and clean video does not stray from this narrative potraying the Mula Nation trio as heroes running from and fighting witches and wizards whose sole purpose seems to be "kudira jecha"  on their respective grinds.


November 20 seemed like an ordinary day for Kae Chaps but the fateful day ended up changing his life and percpective about it.As the then 21 year old artist left a gig he had taken up to finance studio time a gang of unscruplous not so gentle men stabbed and robbed him leaving him for dead.As he lay in his hospital bed he reflected on the teachable lessons from the incident chief among them being  to never take life for granted.Upon his release he started putting in work on his 20 November EP writing and recording his personal favorite off the tape Zvekudaro inside 3 days.



What started as a 5 joint project grew into a  9 track EP solely produced by fellow Rugare/Kambuzuma native Futronic whose only feature is Nanette aka Fae.Throughout the project Kae's undeniable talent is evident as he switches from spitting sick bars,to dropping beautiful melodies all the while adressing issues surrounding life,love, the loss of his parents at a tender age,the struggles of the comeup without sounding bitter and corny.With a superb debut project under his belt the next logical step for Kae Chaps is to get his music to as many ears as possible so that he makes 13 year old him who used to drop mad bars on the Make It Rain beat hella proud.
Stream November 20 EP on Sound Cloud
From the small town of Ruwa just outside Harare comes a young talented emcee who has chosen to travel along the road less travelled by rappers his age,the road of lyricism.Born Brian Nyamande the University of Zimbabwe alumni who raps under the moniker Biznez recently released his debut album Official Biznez to largely positive reviews.The project was dropped under veteran producer Anonzi Xndr's Brands By Anonzi imprint and Xndr also happens to be the executive producer on the project.



Official Biznez is a 13 track project whose emphasis is on storytelling even on the seemingly turn up joints like Ayaya.Not to take away anything from Biznez's turnup skills but the young lad shines more when he tackles real life issues like the death of a loved one as he does on album standout Zororai Murugare or when he takes stock of his position in the game as a young turk  on the title track featuring Natasha Muz and Neiko.Features are largely drawn from fresh talent which includes Vannel,Lisa Jemali,Natasha Muz,Neiko,Swish though veterans like Ti Gonzi and Xndr also make an appearance.From the 13 joints on the album only one was produced by Fun F while the other 12 were produced by Xndr whose signature sound almost threatens to overshadow Biznez at times.If you love a good story and puns in your raps do grab the project and be sure to keep up with young Biznez on his social media handles.


Official BizNez

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The CMELA award showcase  which seeks to shine a light on and celebrate Talent from Chitungwiza is back for a 3rd edition.The 2018 edition of the Chitungwiza Music,Entertainment and Lifestyle Awards will be held on the 8th of December at Tanza Centre in Chitungwiza with submission for consideration running from 1 October to to 5 November 2018.Fans will be able to vote for their favorite Chitown entertainers from 16 November to 3 December after the announcement of the  nominees on the 9th of November.Important to note is the fact that artists from Chitungwiza who are currently not in the town due to work and school can also submit their craft for consideration.Consideration will only be given to songs and video from 1 October 2017 to 15 September 2018

Submissions will be available in the following categories:
1. Best Male Act
2. Best Female Act
3. Best Urban Sound (Hip 4. Hop, Rnb and Afro Beats)
5. Best Dancehall Act
Best Album/EP/Compilation
6. Video Of the Year
7. Song/Record Of the Year
8. Best High School/New Act (All genres)
9. Producer Of the Year
10. Cellest Magede Honorary Award (Given to an alive or dead entertainers who have pioneered the Chitown brand locally and internationally)
Certificate Awards:
1. DJ partner of the year: Given to special DJ who has played a pivotal role in creating content that has given the Chitown brand mileage. This could be mixtapes, podcast or video mixes.
2. Story teller Award: Award open to visual content creators, (film directors, photographers, video directors). Content to be submitted should be from Chitungwiza. 
Submission is available for online and physical entries. Submission is open to studios, musicians, record labels or publicists.
For more information:
Bruce: 0776418235
Phil: +44 7493 414956 or 0773444938 (Call)
For CMELA Mailing list and updates text #cmelaupdates to 0782765296

Earlier this year Takura released his critically acclaimed Someone Had To Do It playlist and as if that wasn't enough Mr Okay Okay announced that he would be dropping a banger every month complete with visuals for the rest of the year.For the month of September Takura took to social media to conduct a poll on whether he should drop a trap banger or an Afro Pop bop with Afro Pop winning by a slight margin.The result is Can't Get Over You a groovy lover's anthem whose video was shot by Andy Cutta.The song adresses love,spiteful haters against that love and a promise to keep the flames of said love ablaze.The video is just a visual represantation of that with walks by the lakeside,boat cruises and luxurious dinners against beautiful back drops.
Dexter Baysiq is back with his second single of the year a vibey yet poignant joint titled Spaceman.The song's beat was made by American producer Elevated though the mixing and mastering was done here in the motherland by GNik Studios.Spaceman sees Dexter reflect on his journey in the music industry from being a gospel rapper and the lofty standards that demanded to eventually turning to mainstream rap and the subsequent namecalling/bashing that followed.He also touches on how his former label wanted him to release an album but he stuck to his guns because he felt the project was unpolished before adding that through all these ups and downs all he wants is to make his mother proud while showing her choosing music over a degree was not foolish.Thats quite a lot for a young king to carry on his shoulders so from time to time he smokes something to numb the pain and touch the clouds something like a Spaceman.



Bulawayo rap superstar Cal Vin is getting ready to release a new album on the 20th of October.The project's working title is Nhliziyo which also happens to be his surname.Ahead of the project's release loyal fans were given an opportunity to exclusively listen to tracks off the album through the Fee Friday series.Fee Fridays saw fans purchase a track for a dollar each Friday over the past few weeks and Dat Luveve Boy says the response has been amazing.Cal Vin says the album is a fusion of his hiphop and jazzy sides with a mature feel and it will adresses various topical issues from the society at large and what he sees as attempts to blackball him by the powers that be in the entertainment sector.



As the release date edges closer Vin has sought to clarify some issues around his career and brand including his alleged beef with Asaph saying there never was any beef just a misunderstanding between two brothers.Cal Vin plans to hold a massive outdoor listening session in his native Luveve and fans are welcome to come celebrate yet another feather in his crown as entrance is free.The album itself will be available on all major online stores plus phyisical copies will be available for the hefty price of $10.The Vin said the pricing was reflective of the amount of hardwork and resources put into the project and it would serve as a litmus test to see if people can really walk the talk when it comes to supporting local music.

Nhliziyo Tracklist
1.Eng'phuma Khona
2.UBulawayo feat GTi and Albert Nyathi
3.Mama feat Kid Thrill and Lups
4.Oblivion feat Alaina
5.Ithemba
6.Famous feat Purple
7.Baba
8.Regret feat Frost
9.Banjalo Abantu 2.0
10.Ulindeni? feat Msiz'kay
11.Lamulela
12.1 Corinthians
The FN/SM story starts in May 2017 when I linked up with Drissy over  twitter.  Interestingly enough we’re both half Nigerian and make music, so that’s how initially we connected haha, he had  just dropped a project and I was in the middle of releasing a wave of singles under my Six Saturday’s series. So we had talks about collaborating on one song produced by him because his sound is definetly a late night vibe  sorta sound and I was keen on putting out a record with that aesthetic . I had previously dabbled in the sound a little bit but to push myself out of my comfort zone I thought his sound would be the perfect fit. On my own production tip I was in a creative space to create  “hardcore” hip hop sorta beats to rap over. We then agreed that he would send over some samples then we would run with whatever I liked most. In my mind I already had the concept and title for “Friday Nights/Sunday Mornings” .

After sampling the beats I decided I liked all of them and we might as well put out an entire project. I communicated this to Driss and he was down with the idea and then I got down to writing and recording. So first song recorded was “You Don’t Need Me” followed by “Distractions” and then “Playing Possum”. This sums up the tracks that I recorded for the project in 2017. As life would have it and being the eclectic creative I am I ended up being side tracked by numerous other songs and projects, lol so for a while the songs lay dormant as fruityloops files and wav files in my computer. I then got started working on another full length project , this is now in 2018 after releasing singles (Hectic, A Song For Her, For The Community) and also the first mixtape from my mixtape series “The VI League”.  While I was working on that project I recorded ANOTHER full length project with a young rapper currently based in South Africa so in theory at that point I was sitting on three projects (now two lol). So the main project I was working on hit a creative snag and I started looking for some new energy. One fateful  Monday I was in studio and was playing songs off each of the projects for some friends and they REALLY vibed with Friday Nights. At that point I was a little hesitant about releasing the project because it was quite different from the general vibe I had been releasing but after a while of not really listening to the songs and now listening to them again and watching the way people in that room reacted to them  gave me the gut feeling that this is the direction I should take. 

The idea was always to have the project be short so I knew I already had 3 solid songs so I would add 2 or 3 more to tie things up. As an individual with a turbulent love life I had sufficient jet fuel to write the songs  so I hit up Driss and requested even more beats and mans delivered. I got to work writing “Strangers With A Past” and “Chest Pains”. Space came about from me chopping a sample and adding a synth bass but I couldn’t figure out what drums to put so I sent it to Driss and he hit me up 10 mins later with a “Check Your Mail” message. Now the project felt right. Now I knew that beats and the lyrics felt right but what would make or break the project now would be the mix. Now intention was definetly to put out a project that’s internationally competitive, so I took it upon myself to study projects with a similar aesthetic and to be frank it narrowed down to OVO projects from out in Canada to the work of Bryson Tiller & 6lack. Sidenote is I wasn’t hearing music like this coming from Zimbabwe…something raw and edgy like this.
With all my projects I definetly push for a cinematic feel, so that it sounds and feels like a movie, blending in various textures and effects not only to create the right amount of excitement for the listener but empathise with my message. To emerse themselves in the story line. With FN/SM I also experimented a lot with my voice, definetly  lot of singing and effects on my voice transforming it into an instrument or element in the mix.
So the plot of the project is an unhealthy situationship that transpires over a weekend.  It tells the tales of the ups and downs and eventual catharsis of a character going through the motions of coming to grip with issues of intimacy. “Playing Possum” is where we start off, the title derived from the way possums in the wild can play dead when a threat is in the vicinity such as a preditor. It also funny enough is a term that is used in wrestling when a wrestler pretends to be passed out only to be secretly plotting an attack. This is obviously WWE not Olympic wrestling lol. In the context of the project  it is the feelings between the boy and the girl that are Playing Possum.  The know they like each other but their feelings are playing dead because they are both scared of being Hurt.

“Distractions” starts of with a voicemail message from a rather upset woman, and the song is generally about how we love our Distractions hence the chorus going “Distractions Can’t Distract Unless Its worth It” The Only reason its able to divert your attention is because maybe on a subconscious level you believe it fulfills a certain need. It also addresses the issue of responsibility which is a theme throughout the project , taking responsibility for one’s actions instead of blaming the other party .
“You Don’t Need Me” is a reflection on the good times before things go sour and  dealing with rejection. It also has the sound effect of people making love to further emphasize this. This is a song based on my personal experience of coming to terms with rejection and how certain themes seem to repeat themselves in my love life over time. The whole project is a blend of my personal experiences, things friends  have gone through and general themes I wanted to investigate. Of all the songs on the project this is the most personal.

“S.W.A.P  Interlude” starts of with a message from my good friend Keith JFK asking about the girl I liked and the progress I’ve made with  her. S.W.A.P stands for Strangers With A Past, and its mostly about being in denial about rejection and lashing out. This can be seen through the verse. Its just a guy who’s hurt and you know how it goes “hurt people hurt people” . Its also about how as guys we confide in our friends about how we feel about  these girls but our feeling s are “Playing Possum” when we’re with the actual girl so that was the main idea behind placing Keith’s voice message at the beginning.
“Chest Pains/Space” was a great experiment because I have always wanted to to a song that completely changes to another one in the middle. Chest Pains is uptempo.. and continues with the tirade from S.W.A.P but this time there’s some hope because its more of a realization that we both have issues and I can’t really solve yours, neither can you solve main and maybe this whole time I’ve just been hurting myself.  As the song switches to Space we have a voice message of a girl calling it quits on a relationships which is followed by an eerie beat switch.  The verses on space are a general  overview of the themes above leading to the resolution that is the outro at the end of space. The concept of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet being considered a work of satire was derived from a book I was reading while making the project called “The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A Fuck” by Mark Manson. This book greatly influenced the thought process of writing “Space”

In conclusion Friday Nights/Sunday Mornings is the title of the project not because all the events mentioned above happened in chronological order till Sunday Morning but its more of a screenshot of the status quo of the times we’re living in as young adults and the issues we are likely to go through in a relationship…be it a situationship, friends with benefits, fuck buddies etc  and these things generally tend to happen over the weekend. The intention was to capture the ultimate millennial weekend using a cocktail of issues we all generally can relate to or at least I hope so. The intention was also to encourage a spirit of responsibility…to take responsibility for our inner space.
The coloured community is vastly underrepresented on the Zimbabwean music scene in general and the local hiphop space in particular.One group representing for the coloured community is Harare's creative collective The Higher Culture.Founded by childhood friends Tyler King and Jason X who are both rappers the crew also includes producers such as Nameless and Kyles Theory who has put in work with global superstars like Kid Ink,Chipmunk,Jessie J among others.The Mobb is also affiliated to high riding DJ Ray Dizzle and many other creatives in the background focusing on fashion and other avenues of creativity.



In a brief exchange with the crew they mentioned how they are very aware of the challenges facing Zimbabwe's entertainment Industry which was a sad reality considering how pregnant with young undiscovered talent Zimbabwe is.Their solution to this  is to simply put out the most amazing content they can and market it to the world so that they bring the globe's eyes to Zimbabwe and lay a foundation for rappers who will come after them to be easily recognized worldwide.Currently the crew is promoting their latest EP titled Booming In Harare which features the rapping exploits of Jason and Tyler with Kyles Theory and 9th Audio Beats (who has worked with JR,Shane Eagle) on production.The EP is available on Tidal,Itunes,Deezer and Apple Music.
Stream Booming In Harare here
Mclyne Beats who has evolved from beatmaker to producer and finally all round  musician has dropped his 3rd full length project inside two years.His latest offering titled Time follows his debut tape All My Feelings and the collaborative Lost In Love EP with Antonio.The album is daring and quite unparalled on the ZimHipHop scene when it comes to production,unorthodox topics and even the delivery thats rooted in the New Wave movement taking over the world.Funny and downright outrageous statements are uttered on impecably produced trappy as f beats  for a very enjoyable listening experience thats far removed from the budget store trashy trap we sometimes get on this side of the equator.



Mclyne could not trust anyone to execute his vision so he produced 16 joints on the project with the sole exception of Run A Check which was produced by Tay Beats.The feature list ranges from singers like Antonio,Beav City and Chyllur to spitters like R Peels and Sharky.Collin Ceezy brings his trappy flows while Pro Beatz adds his unique flavor to the album as well.The album is available on Sound Cloud,Media File and the Zim Music Store.
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Having reached a million views with Pahukama ExQ is hellbent on maintaining consistency and relevance which has seen him release a lyric video for Tsaga Of The Year a song off his Tseu Tseu album.The song talks about how people will look down on you and call you names and how you should not let that get you in your feels,instead you should put in work and emerge victorious literally becoming the 'tsaga of the year'.The colorful and fun video features Madame Boss Nutty O as well as Dj Towers in silly mode and its the first offering from emerging Media powerhouse Flame Lilly Media Group.