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Maskiri also known as Skillaz, Tateguru
Maskiri (real name Alishias Musimbe)
Background information
Birth nameAlishias Musimbe
Born (1980-04-06) 6 April 1980 (age 38)
OriginChitungwiza, Zimbabwe
GenresZimbabwean hip hop, urban grooves, urban gwavha,
Years active2002–present
LabelsIndependent (current)

Maskiri, born Alishias Musimbe on 6 April 1980, is a Zimbabwean rapper.


Maskiri was born in Chitungwiza, a residential town about 25 km out of Harare, where he grew up and attended Chemhanza Secondary School until being expelled for truancy and bullying other students.

Maskiri raps in Shona. He is supposedly known by some as Africa's Eminem and has recently performed the song Africa with English pop artist Keisha White. This is one of the few songs performed by African musicians in collaboration with international musicians.[dubious ]

Maskiri music have just[when?] signed a new arist, Eusoph Zvikomborero Chipuriro aka Ekon EZC.Ekon EZCis a fast rising talented singer songwriter and producer who sings nice hooks with many languages. Currently he's working with Maskiri on the double album Best of Both Worlds under Maskiri music

Music videos[edit]

On Saturday 27 November 2010, Maskiri alongside fellow artist Nox Guni went on set to shoot visuals for Wenera, Maskiri's first ever music video which became top ZBC video of the year and won a NAMA. Wenera music video was directed by Chagwa Black and was shot on location in Pretoria, South Africa.[1] now on the new wave he's also some days before dropping his 7th album serious business and will be touring the world to promote his latest offering .the Album was produced by his long time producer friend Titus Gambiza aka gTbeats and Enock Manjoro aka E Major with the help of Njabs .he's also managed to build a band of his producers that he will be traveling with and has signed a gospel artist Allen Sungano aka Pastor Allen .The album will be featuring the likes of Gumiso Musendo ,Karen that featured on Hona (the new classical track that has opened many doors for Maskiri of late) according to Maskiri he says they are lot of surprises on the coming Serious Business album

Feuds and Controversy[edit]

Maskiri has supposedly been involved in numerous scandals. He claims to have broken his pelvis in 2005 after jumping from the third story of a building after being caught with someone else’s wife.

Maskiri released a new track with Tgonz entitled Tine Mskanzwa at Mo Saints Studio. It is unknown whether the track would be part of a new album or a single. He also worked with Collen Tapiwa Jonasi aka DJ Cee Jay, a Zimbabwe-born club DJ.


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