2018
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.
Get Fakaza Here
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.
Download Time Album

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.
The visuals for Tek Shawa aka T Shoc's Wild Ones joint produced by Verseless are here courtesy of Umuntu Sessions with direction by Denis Rwafa.The video has a futuristic astheitic which shows T Shoc define what a wild one is as various effects play on in the background.



While the title of the song is simple enough the actual content is a bit complex.For starters the ever ecletic T Shoc touches on how wild ones surviving through their wits in this concrete jungle get depressed yet they must realize one is one's enemy and one's friend so one has to personally shape one's reality.Money is essential as is God to calibrate said reality to a prettier hue.Rhumba references abound from moving weight like Pepe Kale,making moves like Kanda Bongoman all in a bid to not waste one's talent like Yondo Sister.Would be competitors are also warned to not take a beast in his element for granted since ferocity is second nature to him
Theft and Intellectual Property are two twins whose destiny is intertwined and as such its essential to have laws and organisations in place that will curb the theft of one's hard work while making sure appropriate payment is made to composers.In the Zimbabwean context that organisation is ZIMURA which was founded in 1982 in Harare before regional branches were opened in Bulawayo,Mutare,Marondera and Chinhoyi.ZIMURA gets its power from the Copyright and Neighbouring Rights Act and its mandated to manage the rights of the composer while making it easier for end users of music to pay for art they consume through issuing a Copyright Music Licence.Since it is physically imposible for an artist to check which individuals and organisations are playing his music ZIMURA steps in by collecting royalties from Radio stations,Television Stations,Businesses and Individuals which it then distributes to members.


Membership Requirements for Composers/Authors 

You should consider joining as a composer member if you are a creator of an original song or piece of music (including writing lyrics and musical notation).

• $50 registration fee - non refundable
• 2 recent driver’s license size photos colored
• Photocopy of ID
• Photocopies of agreements if any with publishers or joint ownership
• Copy of CD – finished and published
• A minimum of eight songs
• Where the artist has less than eight required songs, a minimum of two original compositions enjoying airplay will make the artist eligible to register.
• Musical profile
• Banking details
• Valid contact details (phone numbers, addresses)
• Death certificate if applying on behalf of a deceased person. Death certificate should be accompanied by the copy of an affidavit signed by immediate family members stating that they have resolved to have the stated name to be the beneficiary of the deceased
Sleeve information:
Name and address of recording studios and publishing houses
Names of producers of the music
Duration of each song
Names of composers
Commercial number – e.g. CD BTB 001
Copyrights statement on CD
NB: Registration on Mondays and Wednesdays only. Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm
For more information call or send WhatsApp message to +263775 709 650
E-mail: zimuramembership@gmail.com


Membership requirements for Music Publishers

If you have entered into an agreement with a writer to exploit their works to benefit both parties, you should consider joining as a publisher member.

1) A specimen of the contract (Deed of Assignment) that the Company uses in obtaining rights from composers/authors/arrangers.

2) A list of the titles of all the musical works in respect of which the Company has obtained rights from composers/authors/arrangers, indicating the names of    

    such composers/authors/arrangers, together with copies of Deed of Assignment executed by such composers/authors/arrangers to the Company.

3) Copies of all contracts (“sub-publication agreements”) whereby the Company has acquired rights in musical works in its catalogue to foreign publishers.

4) Copies of all contracts (“sub-publication agreements”) whereby the Company has assigned rights in musical works in its catalogue to foreign publishers.

5) Copies of Company’s music publications (minimum-10)

6) Copies of Company’s Certificate of Incorporation and Memorandum and Articles of Association.

7) Copies of the cassettes/ compact discs.

8)  Membership fee $100
weThe Zimbabwean Hip Hop Summit is back for the second year running and it will happen on the sidelines of Shoko Festival on the 29th of September at the Harare City Library.The summit  seeks to identify problems facing the Zim HipHop industry and offer solutions through conversations involving key players in the genre and influential figures from the region who have scored success via Hip Hop.The one day symposium is the brainchild of music promoter cum activist and Jibilika Dance Festival founder Plot Mhako,former SA HipHop Mag editor,hiphop journo,cultural curate and artist Darryl Nyamutsamba and German based,award winning international export femcee Awakhiwe Sibanda.



Speakers
FULL LIST _ ZHHS2018 PANELISTS // 
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Shingai Darangwa _ Punchline Media MD (SA)
Sophia Michelle Chitemire (SA) _ Infinity Mag Founder / Marketing Assistant - ViaCom (SA)
Brian Willis _ Radio show Host / Hip Hop Critic
Clive Mono Mkundu _ Producer /Artist /Author / Instrumentalist
Tulk Munny _ Hip Hop Artist / Theatre performer/ TV Host
FunF _ Producer / artist
Lochnation _ Content Creator / Community Mgr MotoRepublik
Takudzwa Chihambakwe _ Editor Zimbojam / Arts Critic / Artist
Kikky Badass _ Hip Hop Artist
AWESOMNIA (Norway)_ Hip Hop artists
Asaph _ Hip Hop Artist
MisRed _ Radio Dj / Brand Ambassador / Executive Producer.
Prezzo _ Hip Hop Promoter
Prometheus _ Radio DJ / Producer / TV Host
MC Cut _ Artist / MC/ Producer
Levy Mahemu _ Online Music promoter
Alex Zezuru _ Content creator / Archivist / Nafuna Tv
KF Malindi Jr _ Arts Consultant /Critic /former host_CliffCentral
Don Dada (SA) _ Platinum selling Hip hop artist (SA)
Flexxo _ Poet / Hip Hop Artist
John Cole _ Choreographer / Creative Entreprenuer 
Darryl Nyamz _ Co-founder ZimHipHopSummit / Former editor SA HIP HOP MAG

This year's edition will focus on 3 main topics which are Hip Hop and Tech,Building a sustainable business model as well as Hip Hop and Power.ZiFM's The Fixx dj Lady K,Sokostina and Darryl Nyamutsamba will moderate the 3 topics to prevent or at least minimize the effects of tempers flaring as has been the norm when heads engage in dialogue.In a brief interview with one of the Summit's organisers Darryl Nyamutsamba he mentioned that lack of funding and support from the corporate world  was one of the major challenges they faced though he was quick to add that the high standards achieved at the first summit would be maintained.He urged creatives in the sector to attend the event as it was a chance to absorb a lot of information that would help them further their careers as well as network with likeminded individuals for the greater good of the overlooked genre thats Zim HipHop.
Kasien President Guluva Se7en's sophomore album is here and early indications point towards it being a fire offering.Titled Command Hustle the album is perfectly executed Ndebele raps accompanied by mostly uptempo/trapesque beats that showcase Guluva's skills while allowing him to share a narrative authentic to him with the world.Nkanyi Nkanyi says the album was inspired by the current economic situation in Zimbabwe that has made us all accidental Hustlers in a bid to make a living or even suplement meagre salaries.The Command aspect points towards a forceful refusal to starve and  a will to fill one's bank account with big figures.

The bulk of the production on the album is courtesy of longterm collaborator Raymond 'Rayo Beats' Sibanda with Yung Adonis,Sosique Beats,Marvin Creed and Nagz completing the cast of talented producers on the production team.Features vary with Just Percy,Mc Chita,Kbrizzy,Lord Skeelz,Lady Tshawe all adding their unique flavors to the album.For Purchase details do contact the Kasien Republic team on 0773710903  and check your preffered online store for a copy.
R Peels has dropped his second album in as many years and in keeping with tradition September was chosen as the month of the drop.The album titled Kudenga Kure is the Mwana WaPharaoh rapper's 3rd full length project if we are to count his Forgive My Honesty mixtape and his official debut Zviri Eva Beautiful.The project has 12 tracks in total and its conveniently divided into 3 acts/chapters.



For his features Peels chose trusted names among them Tehn Diamond,Munetsi,Tulk Munny,Beav City and Dj Towers.Trajeek maintains his role as executive producer with further production credits going to Kandy Beats,Boy Tricky,Mzee,PJ Sonic,Mclyne Beatz and Brett J.You can hit up R Peels on his social media pages to purchase physical & digital copies while stingier 'supporters' of local hiphop will get the free Youtube stream in a week or two.
Earlier this year 808 fiend Mclyne Beatz and talented vocalist Antonio linked up for one the most slept on projects of 2018 the Lost In Love EP.The four track project was exclusively produced by Mclyne with Antonio showcasing his vocal range and Mofo chiming in with his trappy flow from time to time.The only feature on the project is Beav City and love seems to be the central theme from relationship goals,mans lost in the utopia thats love not to mention relationships in crisis because the Mrs can't quiet understand her hubby's fixation with music.


In October 2015 a group of young Zimbabwean lads had one thing on their minds and that was to set fire to Zimbabwean Hip Hop with fire visuals.The luxurious video for Mare was not the first fly as fuck visual represantation of Zimbabwe (shouts to Major Playerz one time) but it did manage to change the angle at which we looked at Zimbabwean music videos.Fly whips,big ass mansions,pretty girls and fly boy raps took centre stage as Tricky J,gT Beats and Mugo took turns to describe and actually show how moneyed niggaz live.
Sometime last year i was listening to  Zi FM's Fixxtape when a song by one Kae Chaps titled Horror tickled my fancy.His chemistry with the beat,arrangement of words and how he delivered said words was brilliant   and i have been on the lookout for his music eversince.Well he is back and this time around all he wants from life is a sleek BMW with a ride or die flame to match.Contentwise the song is aspirational,a roadmap to getting his heart's desires alongside a foolproof plan of how to get there while the sound is a strain of trap that sounds like melody and raps had a baby.



William "The Bard of Avon" Shakespeare centered his plays on the politics of monarch England. BARD borrows the notion and in less subtle manner, addresses Zimbabwean and global politics.

"I'm an infidel, the opposite of Castro" [Beitbridge]
"And why's homosexuality unlawful?
Coz honestly, ain't no straight cops where I'm from" [Chatsworth]

"Yeah, my lines are in the air more than Zimbabwean airliners
That's not a punchline, I'm serious" [Redcliff]

"We don't shout when the cops are out
In my town, we get square while the cops around (are round)" [Glendale]

"Every line is a bar, I make them feel like inmates
There's no freedom at the end of my sentence" [Umtali]

"I teach all ya (T'Challa) niggas to be woke like Black Panthers" [Figtree]

"Lord, we never needed your grace; just Sally" [Figtree]

"Word to the bourgeois city manager
I'm a broke man with more debts than a calendar
I feel like a Ranger, the way they tax us (Texas)

We're not troublemakers, the trouble make us" [Figtree]

"I do more for the city than the mayors do
They say, "Who cares for the city?" I say, "My ass do."
They say I don't sound ghetto, I said, "Mayaz, dude
Your stereotype! The broke can be intelligent too"
Well, the mayor says the truth is his testimony
Okay, wear the polygraph, we can test him on it
You is a murderous murderer, I attest imhondi
Murderers never telling the truth - my stereotype
Leave it all to the youth, nigga" [Figtree]

"The world's rigged less oil than they've rigged elections
You trynna direct us, Government Spielberg
But we gotta nail the governor for him to kill tax (Cutex nail polish)" [Chitungwiza]

"The White House is Russian now, look what they put in
The basketball's yelling out loud, "Somebody shoot me!" " [Chitungwiza]

"The voice of Chinx, I think it rules in me
Just looking at these haters like, "Maruza imi"
Work, work and no food,  do you remember?
Now tongogara ma jaws aya achitsenga
So in tribute to the soldiers that made me this
MaBars angu anorema maKG 6" [Chitungwiza]

"I'm bad news like that first lady when I grace occasions" [Chitungwiza]

"Y'all heard his last mixtapes? Neither did I
I ignored the projects, I am like the government sometimes" [Zengeza]

"So; F the police for failing the system
I go high 'cause its against the law (low), pardon my physics" [Zengeza]

Figtree and Chitungwiza are purely political pieces. The two towns were arguably the most affected by the Operation Murambatsvina  in Zimbabwe that resulted in destruction of homes as sampled on Chitungwiza  ("Ain't got no home"). As the last half of the tape progresses, there is shift from blaming the police to attacking the big shots themselves, since we're all puppets of the system- police, soldier, civilian...Please do read the sampled "Macbeth" which addresses the very notion in question and being blinded until the narrator becomes....well, "woke" like the Black Panther party members...it's a journey, perspectives change as the tape progresses.


For his latest video Chitown rapper BrownXin chose his homeboys at Letter Z Pictures to direct the visuals.Titled Handiite which is street slang for "i'm not to be trifled with" or "i ain't doing that" depending on how you look at it Xinah's 2018 offering sees him take to a disused factory with the boys for an entirely black and white video.Xinah talks about 'homeys' who are driven by envy to beef saying he aint about that life while making it clear he is gonna literally 'ride till he dies' for his dreams to actually pay off.

Urban Grooves mainstay Cindy Munyavi is currently working on her latest album No One Is Safe and if the vibes she served on the fist single off the project are anything to go by we are definitely in for a treat.The songstress enlisted the help of  versatile vocalist Andy Muridzo with Zambian producer Dro and Elton Bryce handling production.



Wabata Moyo is described as a song for helpless romantics and so beautiful and melodious is it that one can't help but sing along to the sensual banger.Cindy waxes lyrical about a lover whose love has touched her heart to a point where she is helplessly drawn to  him like "a moth to a fire" or "a star to fame"Cindy and Andy's vocals would have sounded amazing even on accapela but a heart tugging instrumental perfectly compliments the aforementioned voices to deliver a potential song of the summer.
Over the last couple of months Kikky Badass has teased a number of videos from her award winning Queen Of The South project even dropping snaps and short clips from at least 3 videos.The first release happens to be Boyz Dze Tonaz directed by Rasquesity for Creative Pot Africa.The song features Fucci,Shuver,Marcus Mafia and Jnr Brown alongside the Queen of the South herself.



As you might have guessed from the title Boyz Dze Tonaz is a celebration of the exploits of that section of Harare's population thats known for blowing big guap as fast as they earn it.Scenes from the Borrowdale  racecourse Blowout sessions,afluent clubs frequented by the Boyz in question as well as various stages play on screen as homage is paid and props given to some of Harare's biggest names on the social scene
Its been a short 2 years in South Africa for Kwekwetown trap-souler,vocalist cum producer C Bryan.In those two years the ambitious young lad has established a music studio,perfomed at a couple of local spots,shared a stage with Roki and Freeman while a few local radio stations have playlisted his music.There is also that one time he perfomed on SABC's Hectic Nine Nine.This might not be a lot for the ungrateful but for a young lad whose connection to music is not monetary but pure passion these are more than baby steps to greatness.So invested in his dreams is Bryan that he has vowed to dig into his own pockets and energy reserves till the art starts paying because he loves it so much.



One of his most amazing tracks to date is Unonzani a track he co-produced with Ash Manz.C Bryan doesnt hold back on his vocals blending well with the beautiful acoustic guitar in that classic scenario we know so well where Boy meets girl and falls for her instantly.This usually  results in long winding speeches filled with sweet nothings about how she is the best thing he has seen in his life and nothing would give him more joy than to spend the rest of his life with her.
So Gweru emcee Tha Slayer recently dropped his Prologue EP and he had smoke for a few of his peers and issues with the game which he proceeded to address in the project's standout track 263 Press Conference.The melancholic production by Kandy Nine betrays Slayer's intention to bring a few body bags to the booth and subsequently a few bodies to the cemetary through raps of course.Slayer goes at radio djs who won't play epic music unless they are given a cut while questioning the wisdom or lack thereof of an artist who bags fire features &  bungles those with outlandish fake raps about stuff he doesnt have.The stagnance of the genre visible in how radio shows and award shows dickride the same names who never go beyond their inner circle is  also addressed while girls who are sold dreams by broke/untalented rapper dudes catch a few strays.Slayer is aware these kind of raps can lead to labels like "bitter,envious and  attention seeking" so he is quick to a declare how  his skill set is impeccable and he is willing to prove that through raps against anybody anyday.
Hailing out of the City Of Progress is Afriken aka Kingken a rapper whose quest to break the status quo & Harare/Bulawayo's monopoly on Zim HipHop  has seen him drop 3 EPs and 3 singles to date.The latest EP is a 3 joint strong project titled By Any Means.The project features production by Scottie Flame$ from America alongside J Beats & 4uxion Beats  from Harare & Gweru respectively with all the raps in the sole care of Kingken.The tape starts with the Gweru Bully making it clear he will get his by any means necessary before he moves on to the next track which is about elevating to Boss levels all fuelled by  his will to Believe in his own talent and skills.