Zimbabwean hip hop
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Zimbabwean hip hop emerged to significance in the early 1990s.
There are many Zimbabwean Hip hop acts, in and around the world, with varying degrees of success. The majority of them are heavily influenced by American East Coast hip hop, with the younger ones leaning more toward the new dominant American dirty south sound. On the other hand, there are a few acts that are now trying to move away from the American stereotype and reinvent themselves by building and branching off from the remnants of the "Urban grooves" era . "Urban Grooves" was an umbrella term (for lack of a better word) for all the urban genres of music that were popular in Zimbabwe at the time (Hip hop, R'n'B, Dancehall, Afro pop). The "Urban Grooves" movement and those within have been maturing, and at the same time, the laws have re-integrated International music according to the growth of the Zimbabwean local industry, what where the sub-genres of "Urban grooves" are now developing into whole and independent genres of their own. There seems to exist a visible effort on the part of a lot of current MC's to experiment in order to redefine and own a sound that could be recognised as Zimbabwean Hip hop. Some are doing this by making a more extensive use their own traditional languages (Shona and Ndebele), and local instruments such as Mbira, Marimba, Ngoma (traditional drums) or Hosho (traditional shaker).
1990 - 2000
It is unclear who to credit for championing hiphop in Zimbabwe. During this 10 year period, the youths across the country would begin to participate in the genre largely influenced by American hiphop music being exported globally and being well received in Zimbabwe (though, it was never as popular as the genres of Museve, Reggae, Kwaito, and African House).
2001 - Present
In November 2009 a magazine known as The Platform was released in Harare. It was meant to elevate the industry but did not stretch to other parts of the country. A follow up was made in March 2010. Shows such as Mashoko and The Circle done at The Mannernburg in Harare are also measures that have been taken to elevate hip-hop in Zimbabwe. Poets and emcess such as Outspoken, Synik, Upmost, Godobori,Rus-tla, Aura,rhymma, blackbird among others. Some of these poets incite politics in their music and have started a movement known as House Of Hunger.
Mashoko later developed from a show that was once a month to a festival known as Shoko Fest which included internation acts like Hired Gun (USA), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akala_(rapper) among others. A lot of Zimbabwean emcees performed and it has been on since 2010. the same year that Zim hip hop Awards began, though slammed by controversy they have survived to present day.
Artists and groups
Notable Zimbabwean Hip hop artists are Tehn Diamond, Junior Brown, Shingi Sabeta (The Mau Mau), (the late) King Pinn, Carlprit, MuJiKwA, Mizchif, Maskiri, Mcpotar, Jusa Dementor, Karizma, Stunner, Munetsi, Dj Debboo,Major Playaz, Ex-Q, rhymma D.A Profat, sugaspott, Tek Neek, C BLEECH gospel hip hop, AHAZARDOUS, EXPLOJAWZ, KG40, Bluff Hill City, L.Y.N.K, The Biz, Kaysqerd.
- Greedysouth - Zimbabwe Online Magazine for Music, Fashion, Arts, Design, Culture and Entertainment.
- http://www.mcpotar.com Mcpotar Website
- (Zimbabwe Hip Hop Website)
- Blaklizt Entertainment (Zimbabwean Hip Hop Record Label)
- Zimvibes - Zimbabwe Urban Culture)
- RudeBoy Records (Zimbabwe Hip Hop label)
- KYN Records (Zimbabwe Hip Hop label)
- Divided Kingdom Republic (Zimbabwean Hiphop/Mbira Band)
- Metaphysics (Qwela POE, Zimbabwean Hiphop Pioneer)
- X-treme Street (Zimbabwean Urban Hip Hop performance group)
- Tehn Diamond (Zimbabwean Rapper)