July 2018

Huby Blakes's penchant to rework old classics into new school hits continues with his latest single Kuroja Chete on its way to reach the heights Mai Vadhikondo reached.This time around Huby enlisted Quazor on production for a fast paced afro-pop meets rap rendition of that Bhundu Boys draconian landlord versus naughty tenants anthem.The colorful video switches between various landlady - lodger confrontations and a street party at the neighbourhood shops complete with dancing Queens getting cheered on by an appreciative crowd.

Ndi Kacee aka Asekuru has announced he will be dropping his My Vibes playlist executicely produced by Fun F this August.The playlist is set to feature his 2018 singles the socially concious Hatidi Mabonds and the 21 Questionsque Shuwa Here which happens to be the focus of this article.Shuwa Here with additional vocals by Mclyne Beats sees Kacee questioning everything from the girl who dumped him and moved on with her friend to an audience which would rather celebrate foreign artists like Davido while sidelining their own.The song is hella nice but it doesn't hurt that the visuals are hella crispy too.

Self awareness or the knowledge of self is a slippery slope many can't quite navigate.That does not seem to be the case with Aguila a lyrical fiend from Mutare whose mastery of the  Queen's language would make Elizabeth proud.In his video for I am Aguila is a prisoner under the custody of Detectives Kritic Igwe and Fadzie whose one mission is to find out who our protagonist really is.His answer which basically says "I embody the spirit of everyone across all spectrums of life" seems to piss our detectives off while giving us a dope song that surely made Aguila's Uncle Regie proud from the heavens.

Young buzzing producer on the comeup Liberace has been working on music for 6 years but he only started releasing it last year having spent the longest time perfecting his craft.For his debut project Basquait named after celebrated American artist Jean Basquait Liberace worked with 8 artists for a mixture of raps and melodies which he insists is not an album or mixtape choosing to call it a playlist.Liberace was selfish on production handling the keys,mixing and mastering by himself.Featured artists include Keith JFK,Tehn Diamond,Asaph,H3nry,Loyd Soul,Shay,Obi David and Uleni.Peep the project on the link below and feel free to sound off aboit what you Love/Loath about Liberace's debut full length offering.


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This year's Lake July Festival will be held between the 27th and the 29th of July with a number of corporate partners expected to heighten the festive mood around the 3 day jamboree.While the intention of party goers is obviously to have a good time one can not rule out the possibility of injury or health complications due to an overdose of fun and as such organizers have struck a deal with  Er24 to deal with any medical issues arising.A dedicated team of highly trained medical proffesionals and state of the art equipment will be on standby to offer medical assistance to those who might need it.

The issue of climate change and the preservation of mother earth has been topical and Lake July has always  been one to keep up with issues of global importance which is why they are partnering with Wayon Trading for a greener festival.Wayon specializes in renewable energy namely solar and they will bring their expertise to the Festival making it the first in the History of Zimbabwe to power 3 days of festivities with an energy source that is not harmful to our planet.

Technology is the future and Telecel Zimbabwe will be out to prove that when it comes to communication,transmission of information etc etc they are a force to reckon with.Its only right that you "Tell someone" that if they feel the need to go on facebook live to show the folks left at home what a goodtime they are having or to strike a pose around the beautiful scenery at the lakeshore for instagram Telecel definitely has them covered.For those who love the water boat cruises will be available and transportwise  Mashwede will be supplying fuel for shuttles making the festival experience more affordable for party goers.

Drinking and driving is a legitimate problem which is why Lake July has partnered with the good folk at Zimpact to provide awareness around this issue in a bid to  reduce road carnage because one had a little too much to drink.In the same vein its important to note that after consultations with Zim Parks the Caravan Park has been set aside for secure parking so revellers can party the winter blues away while their vehicles are safe and  secure.

For those who love sports a number of corporates will be sponsoring a litany  of sporting activities suitable for the whole family.Tug of war for those who deem themselves muscular enough,beach volleyball,five aside soccer and Pool are just a few of the games on offer.If getting sweaty in the spirit of good sportsmanship isn't your thing then the Shisha lounge or the special movie theatre will definitely tickle your fancy.Tickets for the festival are already on sale at selected outlets which include Talk City Joina,selected Total Service Stations and selected Chicken Slice Branches

Collin Ceezy who recently dropped his trappy G'z Tape has been dropping videos for cuts off the mixtape and A B C is the latest song to get a video.Mclyne Beats handles the audio production while Sim Doc goes behind the camera to document   Ceezy and a couple of friends do the shooter dance in Mbare.The song is about getting high on all sorts of substances in the company of a mysterious lady called Dana who doesn't seem too impressed by Ceezy's hesitation when it comes to freaky shenanigans.Kids following the "New Wave" will definitely vibe to the video though its kind of short clocking less than 2 minutes of camera time

As the 27th of July draws nearer organizers of the Lake July Festival have continued to reveal superstars galore who are set to hit the stage alongside what was already a star studded lineup.The latest reveal is urban grooves legend ExQ who has constantly reinvented himself while remaining relevant to fans new and old.Mr Putiti will be looking to bring his special brand of Tseu Tseu magic while taking fans on a journey from the genesis of his career up until this point where hits like Nhema,Nzenza and Pahukama have inspired many a wild night out with the homeys.

Dancehall fans are also in for a treat as the legendary Judgement Yard crew is set to light up the stage with a talented lineup that boasts of both radio and club Djs whose sole purpose on earth seems to be satiating Dancehall addicts.Veteran wheel spinners like Dj Flavour Etherton B and 2 Bad will be out to prove for once and all who the impressarios of this local and international Dancehall sound in Zimbabwe are.

Not to be outdone is the Immortal Sounds duo of Templeman and Gary B.The duo is reverred on the local dancehall circuit and visiting international acts have often watched in awe as the two Djs controlled crowds in ways that can only be described as magical.Femcee  cum disc jockey Dj Naida is no pushover as well having cut her teeth on both the radio and club scene so it will be interesting to see what she brings to the table.

Tytan and his wife Olinda Chapel who recently made their love official at an intimate wedding reception aren't looking for wedding gifts choosing to gift you and yours instead.Olinda took to her Facebook to flight an offer she and her hubby are giving to 100 lucky people both male and female to train as Healthcare assistants/Nurse Aides courtesy of the Olinda Chapel Foundation and Gain Healthcare Ltd.All you have to do is email them at info@olindachapelfoundation.org and be sure to include details on why you deserve the opportunity better than the next man.The offer is limited to Zimbabwean residents only.

Masimba "Verse" Bisayi recently dropped his debut album titled Father and Son which was a follow up to his debut EP.Having released a documentary for the album and a lyric video he is not the one to sit on his laurels hence his new video shot by Letter Z Pictures.Titled Erryday the song is about hunting for the ever elusive dollar by any means neccesary if one is to meet a fraction of the demands of these cold streets.The video itself was shot in the streets of Harare and its a perfect potrait of the capital city in 2018 with street corner kebabs,large volumes of people,intoxicated hustlers self medicating with alcohol and of course Combis staked at Coppa Cabbana.

Zimdancehall man of the moment Killer T has been announced as one of the 3 headline acts at this year's Lake July Festival.Chairman as he is affectionately by his legion of fans is on a career high with the recent release of his Mashoko Anopfura album which carries hit songs galore.Killer is no stranger to the stage having wowed crowds both locally and abroad over the years and his extensive catalogue means he will certainly keep masses at the Lakeshore on their feet for hours if need be.

The supporting cast isnt looking too shabby itself with rising afro pop star Terry Africa joining the lineup of talented artists slated to perfom.Terry Africa  saw a meteoric rise to his career in 2017 with a string of fire singles featuring some of the country's top musicians among them Soulja Love,ExQ,Stunner,Pah Chihera and Tocky Vibes.Currently he has the Sugar Boy EP out which has a few heat seekers in its own right.Fan favorites like Torova Ngoma,Sarura Wako,Kangoma and Muchinda should have the crowd singing along.

Zimbabwean HipHop OG Mc Chita is also on the lineup though its not his first time at Lake July.He is somewhat of a regular at the festival and has previously delivered stellar perfomances at HIFA and SHOKO festivals.Norton's very own Mbeu with his Mhodzi Tribe will look to impress on homeground with their unique brand of music called Afro Fusion.Mbeu who perfected his craft under the tutelage of Dr Oliver Mtukudzi at Pakare Paye has previously received rave reviews for his live sets the most recent of which was HIFA.

Host  MCs for the night include Tafadzwa "Zimboy" Jackson founder of the Changamire HipHop festival.Mc StanSplash host for the previous two editions makes a return this year alongside Miss Yahya Branson

Its hard to believe its been three whole years since Maestro IV gave us Majaivana Back.He has since released two albums with a 3rd one titled S.C.A.R.S set to drop on the 20th of July this year.Majaivana Back was a Bulawayo youngin paying homage to a legend from his city through his own artform.The perfect fusion of Hip Hop 808s,that Lovemore Majaivana Badlala Njani sample which in turn samples  the Bosso anthem is still a good listen to this very day.Creative Pot Films put the icing on the cake by capturing Maestro and the homeys doing their thing "Ekasi" and at Highlanders's home Barbourfields Stadium.

The month of July is here and that means the ultimate party on the lake shore is here.As anticipation for the Lake July Festival builds up organizers of the 3 day fiesta have been activating a variety of Djs to rock the crowds when the day of the festival arrives.Young,old,male,female  all demographics are catered for as are multiple music genres.

From Global Vibez Sound comes Dj Candyman whose old school sets have gained him the respect of many a reveller.Dj Candyman rose from the dusty streets of Glenview  and took his skills across the oceans to Dallas Texas and Toronto Canada where he became one of that country's top spinners.Lately he has been a staple at Centurion and he guarantees decades spent djing will translate to a litty set at Lake July

Dj Proffesor will  bring his 10 years experience playing the club circuit to the Festival.He is no stranger here having played at various Lake July Fests and at  the November Braai  Fest so he really knows his way around a festive crowd

.Dj Ironik who describes himself as an all round club scene maestro is also set to hit the stage and he had this to say
"Ironik gives you that dose of energy to have fun but be warned because he is so addictive and dynamite comes in small packages"  
Representing the ladies is DJ Eve whose work at the Big Turn Up and ZiFM speaks for itself.Dj Eve who also happens to be an actress has wowed Lake July before so this should be light work for her.Dj Langton B who is a resident Dj at Newscafe Borrowdale will be making his Lake July debut but he has previously excelled at HIFA Big Turn Up and the Donald concert.He will debut the Ama Piano sessions at the festival to complement his usual mixes which usually contain deep house,afro deep,old school hiphop.He had this to say about his Lake July set
     "Expect fireworks,new music,fresh house remixes on my set,you dont wanna miss it"
When Yung Tyran left his native Bulawayo for Joburg making a mark on the South African HipHop space was definitely on his to do list.Its been five years now and his dedication seems to be paying off with 3 crisp videos that have been played on MTV Base,a single that was number 1 for weeks on the YFM hiphop chart not to mention four full length projects plus a couple more in the vault.

For his latest offering  the Golden Child EP he features Asaph and Sky City Uno while production is handled by First Class and Tyran himself.The 7 track strong project contains fan favorites like Stripes and Brenda Fassie alongside new potential bangers.Tyran says he is almost done with an album but he will release it when a proper distribution and marketing setup up is in place.Currently he is in studio with Benchmark,Tru Hitz and other prominent rappers who will be revealed when the timing is right.

Golden Child EP

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We have new music from Maxy Jay featuring Ti Gonzi on a Tanic production.Titled Zvanga Tichida the song describes nights past and nights present spent in bars through witty bars.Its all about getting your drank on while making onlookers mad as planned.The single is off Maxy's EP whose title and release date will be announced in due course.

Zvanga Tichida

Listen to Zvanga Tichida the new song from Maxy Jay

Asaph had the streets both digital and physical buzzing after he unleashed the Mambo visuals directed by Blaq Ink Creates last week.His hard hitting verses over a sick Rayo Beats production plus an  epic chorus from the Il Duce duo of Tha Dawg and Fish Mc Swagg make this a strong contender for Zim HipHop song/video of the year.

While many  took Asaph proclaiming that he has the whole city singing "We young and we dont care,from North End to Luveve" as shorts towards that Luveve Boy Cal Vin Asaph brushed off  allegations that he was replying to Vin's Who Runit freestyle.Even though the song fitted right in with his Bulawayo Arts Awards best HipHop award Asaph says he recorded the song before the awards as a reminder to himself  that as a City of Kings native he is of royal blood.
Its 2018 in Harare and Mc Chita wants to give us an update on the headspace he is in over a mixture of King Kus 's saxophones and drums.Mr You Know The Rest Baby questions the universe as to how on earth he is affording breakfast,smokes something potent,gets his hustle on while keeping an eye out for the cops before he realizes only he can be the architect of his success because its literally Him,himself,his God and his grind.

Brythreesixty's work ethic and sheer will to succeed has been constant throughout his career.The hardwork seems to be paying off with Econet's digital entertainment hub Iflix appointing the Chitungwiza rapper as an official influencer for the brand.

Brythreesixty is part of a select team that includes Dj Stavo,McDee,Tembalami and Tytan.As part of his role as influencer Bry recorded a jingle for Iflix which has been playing on radio stations across the land.Money moves are a must and its always heartwarming to see one of ours getting his dues.