2019


After a slew of solid feature verses everyone's favorite dreadlocked hustler/hook killer is back on his solo boy shenanigans.Having previously posted a snippet of a song he was working on with the good folk at No Limit Jnr Brown has finally released a potential summer anthem titled 'Loud'.The song is the first Breezy solo offering in over a year and it was released under the KYN imprint which was responsible for yesteryear Jnr Brown bops like Maria,We Run It and Tongogara.Rumours of KYN initiating   Breezy season with the release of the long awaited Breezy solo album have been whispered and it remains to be seen if every Zim Hip Hop fanatic's wet dream is about to be realized.




As for the new single the song  has Ma Drinks era Breezy vibes what with the thumping beat and his signature authoritative delivery.The subject matter too has Madrinks nostalgia written all over it as Jnr Brown assures a pretty lass that everything from drinks to her upkeep is catered for all she has to do is too look fly on the dancefloor while using her pretty mouth to feed on his funds instead of being a loudmouth for no reason.


When four friends link up chemistry is almost always a given.If one of them is a super dope producer and the other three can rap then a fire song is a must.Afrow Zenda handpicked three close friends from the new school who can really rap well to make that possibility a reality and the result is hella nice on the ears.


Chizzoe,R Peels and Shiddoh Brown showcase their rapping skills on an Afrow Zenda beat to bring to life the old age adage of 'Plata or Plomo' as layed out by one Pablo Escobar.The reasoning behind the idea being that in this game called life one has but two choices i.e silver or lead.In this instance silver stands for money and lead stands for bullets,as such one has the choice to go extra hard for the paper or die.Plata or Plomo is set to appear on an Afrow project titled Mshika Shika which seeks to unite various Urban artists on mutually relatable joints


Two bells ring when you call Ti Gonzi's name as of late.The first points towards one of the most hardworking artists in Zimbabwe while the other rings for an introspective rapper telling everyday stories through wit and punchlines.Add two dudes who have moved alongside him for years namely Qounfuzed and Ti Gonzi and the result is magical as expected.




In Life Yangu this trio of friends chose Casper Beatz to produce a sentimental beat while Prozx directed the video which is in Black and White.Qounfuzed croons on the chorus while Noble Stylz and Ti Gonzi exchange bars about this creature we call life.The long and short of it is that life gets rather complicated with a mix of bad and good,the important thing being to somehow bear the bad as one awaits the rising of the sun.



Trust Dough Major to shake convention a bit when he puts out new music.Be it in his delivery or choice of beats which often carry a retro digongsque bounce Major likes to go against the conventional 'Hip Hop' sound.For his latest offering he taps Roman Raps labelmate Lloyd Soul and Ur Boi Jocka on production while Michael Chiunda helps with a verse.The song in question 'Hazvidi Dzungu' is a  fun and groovy joint which came complete with a video documenting friends enjoying a chillout session in the woods.Mitch Uta was responsible for cinematography while Malovers directed the video with Michael Chiunda handling scripting.



Two very impactful rappers from the current popping crop of Bulawayo Hip Hop have linked up for the super smooth 'Get Loose' single produced by Kid Cacci.The Asaph assisted joint is  M.U.S.E's fourth studio single of the year and its for hard workers who work hard at their crafts   and play harder when its time to chill and get loose.M.U.SE handles the chorus  with the lone Asaph verse sandwiched between M.U.S.E's two verses.



Tatendanhai's entry point into music can be traced back to a point in time when she was only 12 years old singing in the shower and having dreams of stardom like all of us.Unlike us she graduated from the shower to the booth around 2012 when she started recording singles and featuring on projects by other artists.Those projects never saw the light of day (did someone whisper Nas - Lost Tapes)  but she continued to work on her brand ultimately deciding to change how she handled her business in 2018.



In 2018 Miss Tatenda Masweka whom we affectionately know as Tatendanhai gave us a taste of what she has to offer when she dropped an official single titled Ungandidi under Dollarsign Music.Ungandidi is set to appear on her debut EP whose working title is 'Escape' and if things go according to plan we might be getting the project before the year is over.Before the project drops she is doing collaborations a case in point being 'Tamba Iyoyo' a song she did with Phreshy.



Currently Tatendanhai is juggling her music career with education and most of her days are in Malaysia where she is studying towards a degree.Speaking on the current state of the culture the femcee/singer acknowledged the growth and various improvements made as far as the music itself and the business side.Tatendanhai says she wants to play her part in amplifying the female voice in Zimbabwean rap while bringing positivity and growth to the game up to a point where our position in the global cluster of nations is very visible.Her music is available on most digital platforms under her stage name Tatendanhai

Gweru artist Steers recently launched his EP titled 'Something From Nothing'  in Gweru a week or so ago.The 7 track project was produced by King Kus,Larynx,Leekay,Lattitude and Rox.For features Steers featured Andreana,Shane Kushmo and Ti Gonzi.You can peep the project on these digital streets and tell us what you think.


If all goes according to plan we will be getting the GuiLaBron EP from Aguila a member of the Mutare based PATHUM crew this November.In case any Thomases were walking amongst us Aguila has already dropped 2 joints including a video from the upcoming project.The video in question is for the soulful 'Up and Down' directed by Ozay Malone with camera work from K.U Mapanzure and Admire Marlon as well as production from TuPoetik.

The GuilaBron EP is set to drop in November and the feature list is limited to PATHUM artists Kemmzy and Arthur Kay with production from TuPoetik.Aguila says the EP is basically a love letter to the ladies with content centred around women and how he interacts with them.When it comes to the sound the EP is gonna lean heavilly on that old school samples and drums vibe with enough soul to tug at the heart strings of fans of the old masters who gave us soundtracks to many an escapade whose inspiration was pure unadulterated love.


In keeping with tradition,today being the first Saturday of the month,Moto Republic will host its monthly Hustler's Market at number 3 Allan Wilson Avenue in Belgravia.The event is an urban creative market which has been in existence since 2015 and it links producers and sellers of cool and funky locally made  fashion,food,art,crafts and accesories with potential clients.August's edition will feature perfomances by exciting musical acts among them Kae Chaps,Nyasha Timbe,Tasha and Kaygee 40.The event will run from 12 pm up until 5 and entrance is free.See you there


It might be too early to call this but the numbers on the board are pointing towards Phreshy having the best female run in Zim Hip Hop for 2019.The pint sized yet fiesty diva from Kwekwe is currently on a press run pushing her new work an EP titled Muzambangwena.Having dropped a few well received  singles earlier Phreshy got into studio with a bunch of amazing people among them Daruler,Kikky Badass,Tatenda Nhai,Natasha Muz,WaMambo,King Avry,Jungle Kid and the Rap Orators for a full length project which boasts of production by Rayo Beats,Vic Enlisted and Afrow Zenda.




Explaining the EP's title and concept in a short video Phreshy likens herself to the Muzambangwena tree which stands tall in raging winds even though its not the tallest of trees.Put simply Phreshy much like that tree is the proverbial dynamite which comes in small packages but with a capacity to wreck havock on those who dare doubt its power.De Dynamite also finds time to give props to her hometown the city of gold Kwekwe which she cites as a huge inspiration despite its size and the general misconception that its only claim to fame is alluvial gold miners/makorokoza.



When the legendary Oliver Mtukudzi died tributes in all shapes and formats from across the world poured in.Since the man was a musical icon most of those tributes were bound to be in song and dance both artforms Tuku loved with his whole being.From the hip hop fraternity comes a tribute in bars in the shape of the VI League Cypher Volume 3 featuring Reap3r,KNG ED and Kayfelo with production by VI the Law.This particular cypher was shot by Massey on location in Highfields in front of a Caligrph mural that also celebrates Tuku and the beat which Reap3r and his comrades shredded to bits actually samples the Tuku cult classic 'Neria'



The Cava video by Liberaxe Beats and Ulenni Okandlovu is one of the most refreshing pieces of art i have come across in Zim Hip Hop thus far.The Mitch Uta directed visual piece combines street aesthetics,killer fashion,simplistic yet catchy ndebele raps and a beat you cant help but bop your head to.Liberaxe handled production while Ulenni whose titles include vocalist,rapper,fashionista,photographer was on vocals.Various personalities among them The Marcus Zw,Taflo,Afrow Poetiq,Taflo,Naborth Rizzla et al share their everyday street style while urging the viewer to 'Cava' or take a look because freshness shared is a fashionista love language.




Depression and mental health issues are some of the widespread scourges afflicting the internet generation but most people have continued to suffer in silence because of the stigma surrounding these issues and a lack of comprehensive knowledge about symptoms,tell tell signs as well as possible solutions to this epidemic.Its even worse in Africa where such problems are shrugged off as white/rich people problems resulting in self hurt and even suicide at times.Bulawayo rap artist and Mental Health advocate Indigo Saint has made it his life mission to change attitudes around mental health and his first step is the XOXA app.


Simply put the XOXA app is a mental health group chat sheltered from stigma and filled with mental health empaths who you can talk to at any given time when it seems like the dark clouds are gathering faster than usual.The app is the first of its kind in Zimbabwe and its the brainchild of Indigo and Friends Of Indigo among them a trained counselor, a lady who runs an NGO in the mental health field as well as other partners who want to help anoynmously.Kindly visit the app if you ever feel the need to talk to someone and do refer the app to friends who might need a safe space to help them talk about situations they are going through


Hip Hop has been many things since its formation but it has never been an idle stand aside guy when social commentary was the dish its followers ordered from its vast menu.As such in turbulent times it becomes a case of stating one's truth and relating one's message to the general populace without coming across as corny,opportunistic or boring.From the small town of Kwekwe comes Simba Mahachi and MD Riley who swear they are equal to that particular task though we will let the audience be the ultimate judges.


The two artists collaborated on a Dj Themba Remember production for a single titled Pindirayi.Pindirayi calls for divine intervention in regards to the current economic meltdown Zimbabwe is facing which has resulted in service delivery breaking down while making basic commodities luxuries overnight.Simba Mahachi says the song was inspired by the everyday plight of many Zimboz whom he says are now basically working for transport fares with basic commodities out of the reach of many.Do peep the joint below and tell us if the homeys from Kwekwe managed to deliver a song one can vibe to while meditating on the profound nature of its message.

PINDIRAI

Stream PINDIRAI the new song from Simba Mahachi. Featuring: MD Riley. Producer: DJ Themba Remember. Album: single. Added on: Jul 29th, 2019.


After waiting for what seemed like eternity we finally got H3's Made In Zw aka +263 visuals courtesy of Mr Eazi and the good folk at Empawa Africa.H3nry's celebration of all things Zimbabwean features Hillzy and fam being fam the boys had to get Beatsmith on production while Director AM directed the video.H3 namedrops Zimbabwean staples old and new among them the Mugabe family,Jah Prayzah,Ginimbi,Victoria Falls,Kariba Dam,Strive Masiyiwa while showcasing various +263 landmarks all the while showcasing how dropping witty bars is slight work for him.



The story of the Zimbabwean Netball team has inspired a nation that often gets more Ls than it can handle to dream of brighter days and hope for glory in the world of sport.From underrated and underfunded minnows to favorites at the Netball World Cup in England where they stormed into the last 8 the Zim Gems indeed made the nation proud.Tales will be written and songs sung about their exploits but one Michael Chiunda is not waiting for tommorows to give the gems their roses while they can still smell them.




Michael teamed up with Ciya and Lloyd Soul to tear up a Texas beat in celebration of the Netball team's perfomance in Liverpool.The high octane Zim Gems dedication is titled We Up perhaps referencing the lofty heights our girls reached.Michael and company tell a tale of perseverance and rising above circumstances that mirrors the never say die attitude the Gems displayed at their historic World Cup debut.



After years of making an impact in the game via singles and collab projects Scrip Mula saw it fit to drop his debut solo album this year in June.On that particular album was a joint titled King Santa which he actually produced himself.That song has turned out to be the first joint to get visuals on the Scripian album courtesy of the camera work of SimDoc Films.The crispy fresh King Santa visuals feature the Mula Nation team taking over the capital at night for a royal outing complete with thrones,sleek rides and the papparazi taking pictures as King Santa drops princely bars about his journey from the bottom to the top of the game.


Cal Vin is hella active on his twitter account.When he is not informing the world how he is quitting alcohol for good because it has messed up so many of his personal relationships you will probably  find him leading Daddy/Parent Twitter in posting cute baby pictures.One particular tweet of his however left us scratching our heads and wondering about the true state of Bulawayo HipHop.The city is blessed with many talented hiphop artists but Cal Vin reckons only five have represented Bulawayo hiphopwise in the past five years.This is what he had to say
"Its been 
1. Cal Vin
2. Asaph 
3. Guluva Se7en
4. M.U.S.E theartist
5. Msizkay 

The faces of Byo Hip Hop Scene for the past 5 years we need more competition fellas. No sayin u good coz your girlfriend says u are, prove it by putting in work"

We are still not sure if Cal's personal list was numbered in order of prominence but we'll be damned if a few visits to the feeling station dont follow Dat Luveve Boy's tweet.Do sound off in the comments section about your particular   top five list of rappers  who have represented Bulawayo.




2019 is looking like a good year for Yung Tyran and fans of Tyran's music.The SA based emcee has hinted at a collaboration with K.O after KO publicly gave him props for his fire music on twitter.Talk of a project whose working title is 'Lost Boy' coming soon has been rife and did we mention how we have lost count of singles homey has released this year alone.One of the singles 'No Problems' was in this week's Metro FM  Absolute HipHop chart hosted by Lootlove and Dj Speedstar.
Most rappers would be content with this level of success but for Tyran this is but the beggining.As fans wait for Lost Boy he has vowed to drop weekly content on the interwebs and with two sessions in we are astute believers.The content thus far has taken the form of concentrated bars packaged in short clips for the Tube.



Fans of local film and the environment are in for a treat with the looming release of Gonarezhou The Movie.The film is a great example of how saving mother earth and conserving our flora and fauna need not be boring if the recently released trailer for the movie is anything to judge by.The film's social media handles classify the movie as a Crime Drama directed by Sydney Taivavashe for Nelned Pictures,Jubilee arts and Meso Maviri.The cast boasts of Tendaiishe Chitima,Edward Sandifolo,Tinashe Nhukarume,Tariro Washe,Charles Mzembi,Charlene Mangweni and Jackson Chivhanga.




Gonarezhou might be a fictional film but the issues of poaching,human versus wildlife conflict it deals with are very much real.The movie follows the life of one Zulu who is an acclaimed musician in his dreams while his reality is that of a drunkard battling to make lemonade out of the various lemons life throws at him.He ends up bonding with a group of poachers who become his family until Cupid steps in and introduces Thulo whom our antihero falls head over heels in love with.Love is many things but it definitely isnt food so Zulu must do one last job before he can escape the chaos and mayhem of a poacher's life with his new bae.The film is yet to get a release date but you can peep the trailer below and follow @GonarezhouTheMovie on social media for updates.



The good folk at No Limits excel at damn near every genre they dabble in but when it comes to afropopsque Zimbo vibes with an Urban feel they are hard to match.Remember the magic they conjured with Ishan and Ti Gonzi's Kure and before that Crooger and Stunner's Joy.It seems with Medic's debut record 'Tsvodi' they might have struck liquid gold once again.




Production was handled by Jamal and Gangster Made It while the video director is No Limits's go to partner in crime Leoy V.Medic said the song was inspired by his grandparents and how they got old in love together though he customized the story for a modern audience.The young lad who gives Kutama Primary School credit for unlocking his creative  juices and South Africa for refining them has some more heat in the vault which is coming very soon.We are definitely rooting for this bop to go far and we patiently wait for Zimbabwe to be infected by the Medic Bhadha fever just like we have.



If things go according to plan we might be getting a solo Tehn Diamond project this year possibly before the summer.Details about the project are still scarce but Tehn did take to twitter to clarify a few details.After a fan asked if the upcoming project was a Few Kings group offering Tehn's answer was 'NO' telling the fan to listen to The Feeling Aint Fear for pointers as to when the next Tehn,Breezy,Take Fizzo album would drop.Other fans asked if Tehn featuring Takura on this drop was a possibility and Tehn seemed to agree replying "Thats the spirit".King Ngoda is pretty confident this album will perfom well on the slapometer telling fans his album is 'very good' and they should do their favorite rappers a favour by telling said Faves Tehn who happens to rap very well said hi.




Unfortunately we might not be getting any videos for this offering with Tehn saying
"I'm not dropping any videos though. 
I hate being on set and I don't understand why I have to make a video when I already made music.
You’ll get lyrics and you’ll get audio. 
I'm not shooting a video in this economy, ain't enough ZESA for that"
As we wait for Tisu Ngoda Dzacho season to return do tell us which artists you wanna see featured on this project.




Last week Buffalo Soulja woke up feeling very royal and proceeded to go online to tell the world he was the legitimate King of African Dancehall calling other  African dancehall acts usurpers.He had one specific target Ghanaian superstar Shatta Wale whom he called out by name on microblogging site Twitter.The two chanters then went back and forth in a mini twar referencing achievements,hit songs,international cosigns from Beenie Man and Vybz Cartel,followers on social media and awards won.Shatta Wale decided to put the whole thing on wax putting out a Buffalo Soulja diss song 'Fool Boy' a song which Ghanaians world over are claiming is the hottest diss song since Tupac's Hit them up.



Not to be outdone Buffalo Soulja dropped his own diss record aimed at Wale aptly titled 'Rest In Peace Shatta Wale'.Opinions are divided as to who won the first round but Buffalo once again took to twitter to thank his Zimbabwean fans for having his back in his tiff against Shatta Wale whose army of twitter followers is over a million.Speaking on the difference between local and continental beef Buffalo Soulja had this to say
"My people I wan start by thanking you for the defense throughout this war.Please remember if any of the local artists fight amongst themselves take sides  but if we are fighting an international war defend the country ‘away with self hate ‘away with being our own enemy"



For those that read whats written in the stars (reading the stars being French for staying online 24/7,sharing memes,twaring when the need arises and staying on the lookout for fresh music drops) a Ti Gonzi meets Gary Tight collab was inevitable.There was that one shout out Ti Gonzi gave Gary on Kure "Tenge tiri patight bvunza Gary" and who did not see Gary Tight on Gonzara's MaBazooker,Enzo nemaPumacol video.As such it was only a matter of time before fans of these two young  talented artists got the song they were craving for.




The collab arrived as a  video with Studio Art Pictures directing the visuals while Mars On The Beat handled audio production.Titled Zviroto the song explores the good and bad aspects of dreams both the literal and aspirational kinds.While one has dreams of bettering his circumstances and elevating himself the universe might have other ideas and end up thwarting one's goals.In a similar manner when one's foes are dreaming of stopping one's gravy train to greatness the aforementioned universe might step in to make sure those dreams remain just that...dreams.



If one was to conduct a census of the  beautiful musical voices which have emerged from Zimbabwe leaving out Tererai Mugwadi's name would be very blasphemous.The songstress rose to prominence during the Urban Grooves era with catchy yet emotional tunes like Waenda and Tinodanana.Her silky voice made her a natural choice for choruses on rap songs which needed  smooth vocals and she excelled in that arena too as Maskiri's NaMwari which she was part of easilly proves.




However being in the limelight comes with as much cons as it does pros and it does not help when you battle personal demons in front of millions of spectators.During her years on the music scene Tererai has had her fair share of controversies ranging from a very public battle with alcoholism that culminated with a culpable homicide charge not to mention a sextape of hers which did the rounds on these digital streets.All these factors seem to have affected the songbird leading to her announcing her departure from the music industry via Facebook.Below is the emotional and touching  post in full:

"I never thought I would ever find myself facing such a day. Music and me have been besties since i can remember. It used to rock my world...it moved my soul and i believed that it was a calling from God to help people face their day by giving them a little comfort and maybe joy...all through song. 
Music doesn't love me anymore and quite possibly its that im doing something wrong. I considered that maybe having started in Gospel music that i have taken the wrong road...maybe so but however hard I try....nomatter what i do its just not the same anymore.
Im so proud of some of the work I did manage to do and so happy that i got to be part of a world of brilliant musicians that ooze with talent and honestly the world just isnt ready!!!!
Im sorry about everything I ever did that hurt anyone.
It is with such a heavy heart that i have decided that music and me have come to the end of our road. I want to announce that im withdrawing from my former public life and i feel i have fulfilled my obligations and done all i can! Sometimes we have nothing but to accept that something has come to its end. It is indeed a bitter end. 

One Love Forever!!!"


'Its Hillzy in the building' and if his work ethic is anything to judge by the talented musician/producer does not plan on evacuating the building anytime soon.From collaborations,feature verses and solo joints Hillzy has been blessing the game with a lot of new music this year.His latest release is a Beatsmith and  Mr Masinhi production featuring a solid verse from Drew The Mc.The song is titled 'Chikuru Kufema' and it sees Hillzy trying to navigate the thin line between his dreams of greatness and the nightmares of faltering that often taunt those.In the end he vows to keep going because 'pasi pemuto pane nyama' which loosely translates to 'i will keep digging in the broth till i find the meat thats surely there'



On the 29th of June the Zimbabwe International Exhibition Centre came alive as Bulawayo congregated to celebrate its outstanding creatives.The Outstanding HipHop Act category at this year's Bulawayo Arts Awards was closely contested with M.U.S.E,Cal Vin,Guluva 7,Msizkay,Kbrizzy and Asaph all in the running for the biggest rapper in Bulawayo bragging rights. Asaph who  recently dropped 'The People's Rapper EP' ultimately walked away with the Outstanding HipHop Act gong while Cal Vin got the Outstanding Male Artist award proving that HipHop is indeed alive and well in Bulawayo.Asaph's new offering is available on all online stores and on his personal website.

An apple does not fall far from the tree or as they say in Shona 'Mbudzi kudya mufenje hufanan'ina.Simply put one's offspring is likely to mirror one's beliefs,mannerisms and talent.That statement really rings true with Jah Prayzah's son Mukudzeyi Jnr who has previously wowed fans with his knowledge of art at his father's shows.Jnr seems to be fully embracing his father's artistic side as he is the leading star in the Dangerous video off Mukudzeyi Snr's Chitubu album.The fun and bubbly visual piece was directed by Vusa Blaqs and it also features popular radio personality Hazvineyi Sakarombe.




When he is not providing killer choruses on joints like Asaph's Mambo or T1nda's Majarakara you can find him behind the production desk at iLDuce Dynasty producing bops for artists from Bulawayo and beyond.His name is Fish McSwagg aka The Trap Ndaramu and he loves to mix traditional Ndebele aeshetics with modern trap sounds.The latest offering in that unique set of offerings is Ethulini an outcry at a Bulawayo art scene that seems to favor a certain demographic artistwise.The song comes with a video or is it a young film directed by Urban Legend Pictures featuring a young McSwagg at a Sangoma's oracle being told the game was his for the taking since he is of royal blood.



Each year Forbes Africa releases their 30 Under 30 lists made up of young gamechangers and potential giants in various fields that include Business,Creatives,Technology and Sport.These 30 young males and females from Africa range from established to upcoming talents with potential to shape the future in their various spheres of influence.This year's list under the Creatives tag was of particular interest to us as two Zimbabweans earned seats at a prestigious and exclusive table that includes BET best newcomer Sho Madjozi and BET best international Act Burna Boy.




The two Zimbabweans in question are Kim Jayde Robinson and Gilmore Tee.Kim comes from Bulawayo but is currently based in South Africa where she has made strides as a model and TV hostess.She is the first Zimbabwean Face Of Revlon,literally lives in many a magazine page plus she is a fan favorite on MTV Base.Gilmore Tee is a content creator,radio host,TV presenter,fashionista,influencer basically a jack of all trades and master of quite a few.Below are the rest of the creatives who made the list alongside Gilmore and Kim

1. Karabo Poppy Moletsane, 27, South Africa, Creative Illustrator, Street Artist & Graphic Designer
2. Rophnan Nuri, 29, Ethiopia, Electronic Dance Music Artist
3. Henry Amponsah, 28, Ghana, Designer, Founder & CEO of 101 Clothing
4. Austin Malema, 28, South Africa, Photographer & CEO of Pixelkollective
5. Harmony Katulondi, 29, Democratic Republic of Congo, Presenter, Model, Actor and Voice Over Artist
6. Kapasa Musonda, 29, Zambia, Fashion Designer
7. Richard Akuson, 26, Nigeria, Founder & Editor of A Nasty Boy
8. Menzi Mcunu, 22, South Africa, Founder of the Afrocentric Gentlemvn
9. Trevor Stuurman, 26, South Africa, Photographer and Creative Director
10. Burna boy, 28, Nigeria, Musician
11. Kim Jayde, 28, Zimbabwe, TV Presenter, Model & MC
12. Petite Noir, 28, Democratic Republic of Congo, Singer, Songwriter & Producer
13. Aisha Baker, 29, South Africa, Business Woman, Influencer and Style Icon
14. Karun, 24, Kenya, Musician
15. Gilmore Moyo, 27, Zimbabwe, Creative Director, Content Creator, Fashion Facilitator, TV & Radio Host and Founder of Paper Bag Africa
16. Boitumelo ‘Boity’ Thulo, 29, South Africa, TV Host, Entrepreneur & Musician
17. Hermann Kamte, 27, Cameroon, Architect, Founder & CEO of Hermann Kamte & Associates
18. Helen Chukwu, 25, Nigeria, Fashion Designer, Founder & CEO of Helen Couture
19. Luis Munana, 27, Namibia, Creative Director, Model, TV Host & Founder of Voigush Africa and Waka Waka Moo
20. Upile Chisala, 24, Malawi, Author & Poet
21. Joseph Awuah-Darko, 22, Ghana, Contemporary Artist
22. Joe ‘Human’ Nawaya, 25, Democratic Republic of Congo, Graphic Designer & Co-Founder of Creative Mind Space
23. Thando Thabethe, 29, South Africa, Actress & Radio DJ
24. Rich Mnisi, 27, South Africa, Fashion Designer
25. Kevin Njue, 27, Kenya, Producer, Director, Writer & CEO of Rocque Pictures
26. Sho Madjozi, 27, South Africa, Musician
27. Sarah Owusu, 28, Ghana, Artist & Painter
28. Abisola Akintunde, 28, Nigeria, Founder & Creative Director of MakeupbyAshabee and Beelashes
29. Yaa Bonsu, 28, Kenya, Fashion Stylist & Creative
30. Paola Audrey Ndengue, 29, Côte d’Ivoire, Host, Producer & Co-Founder of Fashizblack


When it comes to traditional healers in the limelight Sekuru Banda is one of the most famous with newspaper articles,appearances on the news and various online listings dedicated to him.A few rap lines have been inspired by him in the past but young  Doc Jay from Kwekwe took it a step further dropping an entire song celebrating the exploits of the Malawi Born healer.The trappy ode to Sekuru Banda is aptly titled Banda The Great and on production Doc Jay went with Dj Themba also from Kwekwe.Do stream Banda The Great on the link below and tell us if you think Sekuru Banda will like this trappy reimagining of his image in pop culture.



One thing we love about ZimHipHop is how diverse and all encompassing  it is.Every other part of Zimbabwe has a rapper calling it home and telling stories about those communities and what they go through.If you go to Bulawayo names like Asaph,Cal Vin,AWA comeup while Masvingo has emcees like Noble Stylz and Jungle repping it.In the Eastern Highlands we have MK47 (formely with Project Fame) and Flexxo whose latest release happens to be the subject of this article.MK47 and Flexxo have over the years used every chance they get to showcase their rich samanyika dialect via HipHop.




For his latest drop 'Madzimbahwe Muka' Flexxo taps Fun F for production and the hook while V.V.S  directed the video.The song is a history lesson of sorts outlining what we have been through as a nation from being the bread basket of Africa to being one of the poorest nations in the region in terms of the standard of living.Flexxo then goes on to implore all Zimbabweans to jump onboard and help rebuild this nation we call home.Zimbabweans from all walks of life feature in the video holding placards which outline their hopes and wishes for a glorious Zimbabwe that takes care of its inhabitants.



Everyone's favorite ZimHipHop Papa seems to be in his music pocket these days.Earlier this year Noble Stylz dropped Kanyika Kanaka which was a witty take on Zimbabwe and everything its going through.Word on the street is that a joint with Ti Gonzi and Quonfuzed is in the works and while we wait for that particular song Noble made sure we had something to listen to in the form of a new tune titled  Kamuputukesi.




Quazor handled production on Kamuputukesi besides also lending a few vocals to the chorus.The song is a potential anthem for victims as well as perpetrators of the universal phenomenon we call heartbreak.Noble tells the story of Kamuputukesi a girl from Mozambique whom he loved dearly leading him to splurge on her while making  wonderful memories only for the girl to ditch him and sponsor eternal heartache.



On the 18th of June it was Garry Mapanzure's birthday and we decided to drop a few facts about one of the most talented Zimbabwean vocalists on the comeup

1: His birth name is Garikai Garry Mapanzure and he recently turned 21 on the 18th of June.Garry being his actual  name that appears on his birth certificate not a shortened version of Garikai

2: He started singing in Church and in the school choir at Kyle College in Masvingo and his first ever original composition was Wapunza which he recorded in August 2017

3: His mother is  a Pastor who prays for the boy before each interview and shows clips of said interviews as well as Garry's music videos to her friends.Vicky whom he features on Wapunza is his actual blood brother so talent basically runs in the family.

4:He is currently studying Architecture in China but that has not stopped him from linking up with other talented folk back in Africa.A recent example is his TV Room collaboration with Hillzy which initially began as a chat online.The two plan to tour Zimbabwean Universities soon 




5: Garry was one of the 100 young musicians handpicked by Mr Eazi for his Empawa program which is sponsoring videos for talented kids across Africa.He subsequently dropped a beautiful video for his groovy AfroPop banger Slow courtesy of Mr Eazi.