December 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.