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[edit]

It is unclear who to credit for championing hip hop in Zimbabwe.The most mainstream acts were Piece of Ebony and Midnight Magic. During this 10 year period,beginning on their own and later under the guide of Innocent Tshuma then known as The Millennium Man, youths across the country would begin to participate in the genre largely influenced by American hip hop 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[edit]

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), Akala 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[edit]

A few among notable Zimbabwean Hip hop artists are Carlprit Metaphysics Tehn Diamond, Junior Brown, Karma Shingi Sabeta (The Mau Mau), (the late) King Pinn,[1]Xpozd[2] Mobb Movers[3] Blackscout[4] MuJiKwA, Marcques, Mizchif, Sp3kkTrumn, Maskiri, Mcpotar,[5] Jusa Dementor,[6] Karizma, Listenai,[7] Stunner, Q rigga,[8]Jboss,[9] Mariachi,[10] 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, Synik, Meyniak, DJ MH1, DJ Naida, Simba Taggz,Deetrio nomics, Sharky, Mc Chita, AmvisZW.

Producers and Productions[edit]

Earlier Zimbabwean Hip hop producers are Fortune Muparutsa, Tendai Mupfurutsa and Midnight Magic,Movip Family Shingi Sabeta (The Mau Mau), Otis Fraser, Maka Strator, Dj Maraz[11] in Mutare.After Dj Maraz left the country Subzero[12] of Mobb Movers and 25tolyf now http://www.africanhhb.com unleashed as a producer, the most successful mixtape album that featured the wutang clans Inspecta Deck[13] , a great influence has been played by Take Fizzo,[14] more recent producers to emerge are Elton Bryce, Terence 'Big Midget' Ngwenya, Russo, Tha Mixmasters, Amvis ZW, Ahsayn The beatmaker, Zayne 'ZEE' McZee, Tatenda 'Klasiq' Chideme, Gwags, Ronny 'J-drizz' Jokonya, Xndr, Nyasha Timbe, Jusa Dementor, Dr Clarence, Listenai,[15] Rhymez,[16] FTR, Tek Neek,[17]C BLEECH gospel hip hop,


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