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Background information
Birth name Rudi Schwamborn
Born (1986-05-20) 20 May 1986 (age 28)
Origin Zimbabwe
Genres Electronic dance, hip hop, Eurodance
Occupation(s) Rapper, singer-songwriter, music manager
Associated acts Cascada, Mondotek, Yann Peifer, Laurent Wolf, Michael Mind, Ian Carey, Alexandra Stan

Carlprit (born 20 May 1986) is a Zimbabwean rapper, actor, songwriter and music manager. He has performed with and written for acts such as Cascada, Alexandra Stan and Laurent Wolf. He is best known for his song "Fiesta" as well as his appearance on Cascada's hit single "Evacuate the Dancefloor" in 2009. The title sold over three million copies worldwide and reached the top 20 on the Billboard charts, making Carlprit the first person of Zimbabwean origin to have a song in the top U.S. Billboard charts.[1][2][3]

Early life[edit]

Carlprit was born in the Avenues, Harare, to a Zimbabwean mother and German father. He grew up at number 20 Tom Ward Ave, Cotswold Hills, Mabelreign, Harare. He attended North Park Primary School and Ellis Robins Boys' High School before leaving to live with his older brother in Germany. He is the younger brother of Söhne Mannheims rapper Metaphysics and is the youngest of five siblings.

Early career[edit]

Carlprit first started releasing records in early 2000, after he moved to Germany. In 2003, he appeared on a record by his older brother The Universe in the album Digital Garden. He then began releasing numerous unofficial mix tape remixes throughout his neighborhood, but was unable to receive any real recognition due to the language barrier that he faced in Germany. Drawing on his older brother's dealings with multi-platinum German band Söhne Mannheims, Carlprit tried to set up his own Hustlers Academy imprint in 2006 with entrepreneur, and friend, Dahoud Faron. The label was soon broken apart, due to differences in creative thinking. Without a label and unable to get signed, Carlprit was forced into doing club hosting and YouTube releases as a way of getting recognition. It was during this time that he met Tarantado, who was an up-and-coming rapper from Wuppertal, as well as DedeBeat|DEDE, who later produced and recorded most of Carlprit's first solo mix tape, Hustlers Academy.

International success with Cascada (2009)[edit]

Evacuate the Dancefloor was Schwamborn's first performance with a major label

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In 2009, he was under the management of his older brother, Metaphysics, from the band Söhne Mannheims. Carlprit was then presented to ZooLand Records. Zooland producer Yann Peifer recognized his potential and offered to try him out on a new project they were working on. Three weeks later, "Evacuate the Dancefloor" was produced and Carlprit featured in the music video which was filmed in Los Angeles. The song was then released in June 2009, where it topped charts internationally, went platinum in the U.S. and reached number one in the UK and the Netherlands.[4]

Solo work and collaborations (present)[edit]

Solo work Carlprit released his first official single, "See you @ the top", in the year 2010. The song features the U.K brother duo, Bkay and kazz. The song was released independently on Gandanga Records and Pyramid Music. The song was featured on the hit German television show Model WG and reached position 1 in South Africa on the Channel Os request show. In 2011 Zooland and Universal records released Carlprit's second solo single, "1234". The video was directed by Dany wild and features Miss Victoria Kern as the female vocalist singing the hook line. "Fiesta" is the title of his third solo single, which is probably his most successful so far. Reaching number one in the French air play charts, the top 100 in Germany, France and Switzerland's single sales charts and over 5 million YouTube views, "Fiesta" is definitely one of Carlprit's biggest solo defining moments. Fiesta was produced by Michael Mind Project and Markus Shultz and features vocals recorded and written by CVB. After the success of Fiesta, Carlprit followed up with his next solo single, "Here we go", in early 2013 and "Party round the world", which is set to be released on 8 November 2013.

Collaborations Carlprit has released a wide range of dance singles worldwide. He has worked[clarification needed] with top acts including Mike Candys (djmag's 67th best DJ in the world in 2013), Michael Mind Project, Alexandra Stan, Laurent Wolf, Darius and Finlay, Shaun Baker, R.I.O, U-Jean, Ian Carey, Victoria Kern, the Bodybangers, Modana, DJ Sasha Dith, DJ Manian, Whigfield, Tony T, Yanou, Italobrothers and the band Irresistible.


Carlprit solo[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
Fiesta 2012 53 45 39 Singles only
Here We Go (Allez Allez) 2013 59 43
Remember to Forget (feat. Jaicko) 2014 46 64 61

Guest appearance[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
Evacuate the Dancefloor (with Cascada) 2009 5 6 7 1 25 5 Evacuate the Dancefloor
One More Time (with Bodybangers & Linda Teodosiu) 2011 161 Non-Album Singles
Do What You Do (with Klaas) 2012 65
Do It All Night 2k12 (with Darius & Finlay & Nicco) 34 21 11 Summer Is Here
Club Go Mad (with Modana) 43 Non-Album Singles
Don't Stop the Dancing (mit Manian) 48 55 75 Hands Up Forever
Saturday Night 2013 (with Whigfield) 2013 83 Single only
Brand New Day (with Mike Candys & Evelyn) 68 42 Smile Together...In the Mix

Other singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

  • "Only Gets better" (2014, feat. Jaicko)
  • "Party Around the World" (2013, feat. CvB)
  • "1234" (2011, with R.I.O.)
  • "See You at the Top" (2010)
  • "What Up Girl" (2006)

Modana & Carlprit[edit]

  • "Biggest Fan" (2013, Modana & Carlprit
  • "Hotspot" (2012, Modana & Carlprit
  • "Party Crash" (2012, Modana & Carlprit
  • "Shake That Boo Boo" (2011, Modana & Carlprit)

Other collaborations[edit]

  • "Get Gone" (2014, Luca Dayz feat. Carlprit)
  • "Freak Around" (2012, Dirty Dubs feat. Carlprit)
  • "The Night" (2012, HouseTwins feat. Carlprit & Lio)
  • "Only Just Begun" (2012, Dimaro feat. Rosette and Carlprit)
  • "Elevator" (2012, Irresistible feat. Carlprit)
  • "Ready for Tonight" (2012, Dimaro feat. Rosette and Carlprit)
  • "Love Music" (2012, Shaun Baker feat. Carlprit)
  • "1.000.000" (2012, with Alexandra Stan)
  • "Don't Stop The Music" (2012, Love Unit feat. Carlprit)
  • "Boom" (2011, ItaloBrothers feat. Carlprit)
  • "Second Beat Is Mine" (Sasha Dith, Daagard & Morane feat. Carlprit)
  • "Party On" (2011, Funkybootz feat. Carlprit)
  • "Heaven Is a Place" (2011, U-Jean feat. Carlprit)
  • "Flip Flops and Hightops" (2011, Dear Zim feat. Carlprit)
  • "Independence Day" (2011, Cascada feat. Carlprit)
  • "Unspoken" (2011, Cascada feat. Carlprit)
  • "Dance with Me" (2011, BRYCE feat. Carlprit)
  • "We Are Here" (2011, Laurent Wolf feat. Carlprit and Mr Lio) & Laurent Pepper)
  • "Delirious" (2010, Michael Mind Project feat. Carlprit and Mandy Ventrice)
  • "Ghetto Superstar" (2010, Basslovers feat. Carlprit)
  • "LOVEBEAT" (2010, Amari feat. Carlprit)
  • "How Do You Sleep" (2010, Angle City feat. Carlprit)
  • "Boys Boys Boys" (2010, TWiiNS feat. Carlprit)
  • "Ya Odna" (2010, Blue Affair & Sasha Dith feat. Carlprit)
  • "Girls Girls Girls" (2010)
  • "Digi Ben" (2010, Mondotek feat. Carlprit)
  • "Sun Is Shining" (2010, Yann Peifer feat. Carlprit, Metaphysics, Tony-T and Dave Kurtis)


  1. ^ "Zim Carlprit takes US by storm". Zimbabwe Chronicle. 2010-01-21. 
  2. ^ "Rudi Schwamborn is the Biggest Carlprit of them All". The Zimbo Jam. 2010-01-07. Retrieved 2010-02-13. 
  3. ^ "Carlprit". Retrieved 2010-02-13. 
  4. ^ Recording Industry Association of America. RIAA. Retrieved on 2011-10-15.
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  6. ^ a b "Discografie Carlprit". (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2013-09-14. 
  7. ^ a b "Diskografie Carlprit" (select "Charts" tab). (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2013-09-14. 
  8. ^ a b "Diskografie Carlprit" (select "Charts" tab). (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2013-09-14. 
  9. ^ "Discography Carlprit" (select "Singles" tab). The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  10. ^ "Discography Carlprit" (select "Charts" tab). Billboard. Retrieved 2013-09-14. 

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