Kasilami Art Platform churns out singers


RISING Bulawayo-based hip-hop outfit Kasilami Art Platform (Klap) continues to conceive more hip-hop “kids” as the group pushes for the recognition of the music genre.

Own Correspondent

Hip-hop music has in the past been excluded from the local showbiz industry. Most promoters in Zimbabwe do not support hip-hop artistes.

But at the turn of the millennium, hip-hop diehards have managed to persevere despite the odds taking advantage of globalisation which has enabled synergies between musicians the world over.

While hip-hop music is generally not a popular genré in Zimbabwe, in the northern part of the country, notably Mbare, the genré seems to be thriving while in Bulawayo hip-hop artistes continue to struggle.

However, Klap seems determined to push the Western genré to the centre stage in music circles and should promoters give them a platform, they are ready to prove themselves.

One of the outfit’s new kids on the block seeking a name in the showbiz industry is Luveve-born Bekithemba Sibanda, aka Thorne, who has featured in the group’s hottest singles — Klap Compilation 1 and 2 currently topping.

“It all started when I was at high school and back then I did it because everyone thought it was an amazing skill to rap,” he said.

“Little did I know that rap music would grow in me and that it would be such a great influence in my life and to society as a whole.”

The singer who is inspired by controversial hip-hop artiste Snoopzilla (Snoop Doggy Dog) declared that he would never abandon hip-hop against all odds.

He is currently working on his solo album Soundtrack to the Streets produced by Klap producer Polite Sithole, aka P2daoh, and set to be released mid-year.