March 2019

On his last record which came with a video The Dot was plotting a heist in Vhumba Valley with some pretty chicitas.His latest release is a different ballgame as the Bulawayo emcee decides to tackle real life issues facing this country we call home.

The song which was produced by Rayo Beats and is aptly titled Power looks at the various manifestations of humanity's fixation....power.The Dot acknowledges that the actual source of anyone's power is the general populace while pointing out how those whom we elect into power abuse the trust we place in them to in turn abuse us.

The Dot goes on to mourn the death of freedom of speech while musing about how the young ones have no say in how their future will look like.The disparity between rich and poor gets a mention as does the lies politicians tell to get into office before engaging the middle finger to answer any questions citizens with legitimate concerns might have.
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Zimbabwean's very own Hillzy was one of the 100 artists handpicked by Mr Eazy and Empawa Africa from amongst thousands others for a programme that would ultimately see 100 upcoming acts get funding to shoot a video of their choice.After a relatively short wait Hillzy's video is here and he went with the Beatsmith produced You Are Enough.

The catchy song's message is really  pertinent seeing as we are celebrating Women's month.You Are Enough is a timely reminder to all the women who have been wronged in the past that being ill treated by one man/experience does not diminish their worth.As Hillzy says "Its a bad day not a bad life" and as such the female voice matters plus the future is actually brighter despite the setbacks of the past.In the same vein females should learn from the past and not give second chances to those who toy with their emotions nomatter how sincere their apologies may seem.

The video itself features women from diverse backgrounds and ethnicities a nod perhaps to the universality of problems faced by the girl child and her ultimate resurgence and proud ownership of her 'Girl Power' badge.Hillzy suits up and mans a call centre connected to the  world's major cities as he spreads his gospel of female worth.

On the 2nd of March Nizzy Raps celebrated his birthday in style by gifting the game a 6 track EP titled Nyamasvisva named after his totem.On that EP is a song called Money Game featuring dancehall chanter Jay C with production by Trinnie Beatz which recently got a video courtesy of Studio Art Pictures.

Money Game does not stray away from its title thematically detailing how man's inherent need to swim in paper can only be satisfied by chasing that same paper at every turn.For the video Jay C and Nizzy take fly cars and pretty chicks to the hood with ferocious dogs and the squad also making appearances

Nizzy says the money game video is just the opening chapter of his 2019.He plans to shoot visuals for every other song on the EP while getting his music to as many ears and eyes as possible.

This Friday Skyz Metro FM welcomes Asaph to its family of presenters as host of Good Time Fridays.Asaph takes over from Mjox who has been reasigned to host the Vuka Vuka breakfast show at the Bulawayo radio station.

Good Time Fridays airs between 10 PM and 12 midnight.Asaph says the show is all about spreading good vibes all over the city so the playlist is gonna be filled with feel good bops from various genres.The show's timing just before the weekend means its the perfect introduction to the weekend so a lot of club bangers will be played to get people into turnup mode wherever they are.

Being an artist himself Asaph understands the struggle to 'get on' so he will shine a light on Bulawayo's talent by profiling Djs and upcoming artists during the show.When asked how his new gig will affect his music career Asaph pointed out that the radio show need not affect his career negatively seeing as its a music show and his brand is music.A buoyant Mr Good Times said he was confident people will rock with his show and fall in love with what he plans to do with it.

When one speaks of young talent on the comeup as far as the Zim Hip Hop scene is concerned Tanto Wavie is definitely a trailblazer.Be it in production or serving trappy waves behind the microphone Tanto is very talented and as such a lot of people were genuinely happy when he scooped best newcomer at the 2018 Zim Hip Hop Awards.One taint to his budding legacy however has been his obsession with making follow ups to Takura's moves and  releases but it seems he is ready to become his own man.

For his second visual of the year Tanto Wavie pays homage to an OG from his city John Chibadura.The video was directed by SimDoc and it sees Tanto and his squad dressed in attire popular in John's time as Tanto schools the youngins about a time before trap when it was the norm for Chicken bus drivers to play whole Chibadura albums on the long journeys to Egoli.

The song is a refreshing look at what Tanto could be outside Mr Okay Okay's shadow but Tanto being Tanto we did catch a subliminal jab at Takura.At the start of the video Tanto overlooks a tape written Noise (Takura's latest release) and picks one written Tanto which he proceeds to play.We just hope this is a visual metaphor revealing how Mr Wavie will now soley focus on his craft.

Last year around this time Vimbai Zimuto released her video for a song titled Hapana Kwaunoenda directed by Simba Gee.The hyper sexual video featured Vimbai clad in sexy lingerie unapologetically telling her man that she had turned on freacko mode and he was not going anywhere.The video proved to be a very polarising artistic showing with some applauding her for being so daring while a few hypocrites conveniently forgot the explicit content on their phones and called Miss Zimuto all sorts of names while hiding behind the "Showing skin is immoral and very much not African" mantra.

It turns out Vimbai was not fazed by these comments and as she celebrates the one year annivesary of her video she took to Facebook to post a spicy picture that already has tongues waging.In the picture her behind is on full display while her hands shield her breasts with a caption that suggests she is following the footsteps of her ancestors who were comfortable in their own skins.

Once again opinions have been diverse with some applauding her for her bravery while others were quick to call her out for being UnAfrican in the way she conducts herself.Vimbai herself is taking it all in her stride calling this particular photo just a teaser of steamier pictures coming to our timelines as she gets ready to drop a video she says will be more passionate than Hapana kwaunoenda around monthend.

One burning question that will undoubtebly remain as more videos of a similar nature are released is 'As Africans can we only embrace nudity,explicit content and content with an adult feel if it comes from abroad?'One thing thats  clear however is that foward thinking consumers of artistic excellence will gobble up the eye candy Miss Zimuto is currently cooking up in the kitchen.

Sometime last year King 98 took a trip to Nigeria and he managed to link up with Davido.The two worked on a single titled No Bad Vibes which was produced by King 98's go to producer Alie Keyz who also happens to be Cassper Nyovest's inhouse producer.A video was also shot and it was subsequently released in January this year.

King 98 has always caught a lot of flack for his talent or lack thereof but i strongly believe the Davido song is a step in the right direction not to mention a vast improvement when compared to his previous offerings.Its the sort of song that doesnt scream exceptional but with the right plugs and marketing it can comfortably sit on continental television and radio stations for quite some time.

But thats exactly the problem considering the talent and resources at King 98's disposal.The Impala Car Rental heir apparent needs to utilise the time he rubs shoulders with African music giants to hone his craft,negotiate for features that make sense and ultimately make the best material he can which must be undeniably good.He can then use the aforementioned resources he has plus connections to sup in the top tier of African Showbiz.Alie Keyz has crafted quite a number of hits for the Family Tree camp and with his expertise and young Dondo's passion for music,decent nay brilliant music can be delivered to our ears.

Then again we might be judging King 98 too harshly and he is already in Super Saiyan mode what with his upcoming album launch set for 1 May at Wingate Golf Club.The event has a star studded lineup that includes Nasty C,Davido,Nadia Nakai,ExQ,Tamy Moyo,Union 5 among others.In that regard it remains to be seen if King 98 will embrace his blessings and conquer Africa or if he will settle for mediocre songs with big names.

Technology has vastly changed the way in which earthlings consume their music as well as the pace at which they consume that very same music.Every other minute something new is uploaded on the internet and in this era where hype often trumps talent its really easy to miss out on good music.Here are five videos that might have passed you by which we believe deserve some contact with your eyes.

First up is Pro Beatz's Very Limited Edition produced by Mclyne Beats and filmed by Simdoc Films.Pro Beatz has a knack for acing everything he tries his hand at be it comedy,winning international beat boxing contests and with rap its no different.Pro Beatz adopts a trappy flow to declare how individuals like him are very rare and with his bag of skills we cant help but agree.

Next up is H3nry's rap rendition of Bryson Tiller's Sorry Not Sorry shot by Director AM.The one take video sees H3nry in his rappity rap bag floss about chopping it up with Cassper and Ice Prince,drop some gems to inspire the kids before making a vow that he will take the gang to the grammies.This very same piece of art got H3nry into the Empawa Africa top 100 and Bryson Tiller himself had to double tap a clip from the video posted on Instagram.

We also have Tashamiswa's Crew off her 2018 tape Established 99.The song was produced by Amvis Instrumentals with shots by Something Fizzy being edited by Sir Peter.Crew is just Tasha on her big girl shit showcasing her skills on the mic while her crew has a good time in the background.

Another video Zim Hip Hop fans might have missed is Meister's Vacheche featuring R Peels.The video is the fourth visual offering from Meister's forthcoming Sekutamba Sekuseka album.The song takes the concept of how babies are always being held and aligns it with how ghetto youthies are always high because kubatwa can mean being held for babies as well as being high for youthies.

Last but not least is Stunner's Maindiitisa produced by the good folk at No Limits.Maindiitisa is a rant towards life and society and the irony intertwined with the two.Society basically prepares you for a life it knows you might never taste from the moment you are born.As such you are equipped with skills to help you face the world but when you grow you realise the skills are either redundant or inadequate leaving you feeling used.