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Local hip-hop gets a chance to shine


BULAWAYO’S upcoming hip-hop musicians Kasi Lami Art Platform (KLAP) and Nashie have been handed a golden chance to showcase their worth after being invited to perform at this year’s third edition of Zimbabwe Hip-hop Awards scheduled for next month.


This year’s hip-hop awards will be held at the 7Arts Theatre in Harare on December 7.

KLAP and Nashie participation at the award ceremony was announced yesterday by the organisers at a Press conference in Harare.

The 14-member KLAP and Nashie will share the stage with other musicians such as Stunner, Sinbad90, Alvina, Mudiwa, Teq Neeq, Marques and Ice Rockspin.

Talking to Southern Eye Lifestyle, Polite Sithole the producer of KLAP, said they were happy and humbled by the honour handed to them.

“This is a lesson learnt as KLAP. We are going there because we worked very hard, the beauty of this is that most of the artistes are upcoming and for them to get this platform (to perform at the awards), it’s a blessing,” Sithole said.

He promised a real “hip-hop performance with no compromise” on the awards night.

Tinashe Maravanyika, popularly known as Nashie, also echoed the same sentiments with Sithole.

“It’s good for me and performing in front of big brands was my mission and to reach out to Zimbabwe. I am happy my music has gained recognition in the country.

“Every time I get on the stage I put up the best and on the night I will stage a superb performance the country has never seen.”

Founder and executive producer of the awards Aldrian Harrison, aka Beefy, urged performers to represent their provinces well.

“It is a lifetime opportunity: There will be local and foreign promoters watching and willing to invest in artistes and are scouting, so they really have to put up top-of-the-drawer acts,” he said.

Nominees for two categories were announced at the Press conference with the rest of the nominees to be released soon.

The public will vote for the people’s choice award and the song of the year award. Running for the people’s choice award are Stunner, Maskiri, Mudiwa, Tehn Diamond and Junior Brown while those battling for the song of the year include Zunguza, Chibhodhoro, Zvidhori, MaDrinks and Happy.

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