Artistes stage protest walk

MUSIC producer and promoter Biko Maximus Maphosa braved wet conditions with six other artistes to walk from Bulawayo to Harare in protest against what they perceived marginalisation of the city’s musicians in nominations for the Zim Hip-Hop awards set for the capital tonight.

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Maphosa walked in the rain with fellow Bulawayo hip-hop artistes: Ndumiso Nkiwane, Simba and L Fox and others for 440km. The walk started from the Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo statue at the intersection of 8th Avenue and JM Nkomo Street on December 13.

The artistes could not be reached on their mobile phones, but would be expected to arrive in Harare later today in time for the awards ceremony.

Meanwhile, the fourth edition of the Zimbabwe Hip-Hop awards (ZHHA) would be held under the theme “Now is the time” tonight.

Speaking to Southern Eye Lifestyle in an interview, Aldrian “Beefy” Harrison, chairman of ZHHA, said all was in place for the event.

“All is set now and tomorrow (today) is the day. Preparations have been going on well and everything is in order. People attending should look forward to a very extraordinary event,” Harrison said.

A lucky winner from the audience will walk away with an all-expenses paid trip to Sandton in Johannesburg.

“Like we advertised, one lucky guest will win an expenses-paid trip to Sandton and this applies to those who bought advance tickets,” Harrison said.

POY, Stunner, Pee Kay, Noble Styles and Schingy will square off for the best hip-hop male gong, while their female counterparts Trae Yung, Blackbird, Mk47, Misty, Dice will battle for the best female award.

Bulawayo DJ Mark Vusani is up for two gongs, best club DJ and best promoter for his It’s Bigger than Hip-Hop show.

Entertainment on the night will be provided by nominees Pee Kay of the Ma1 fame, Schingy, Rhyme Assassin, Tricky J and T Gonz, among others.

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