Calvin Treazy dreams big

BULAWAYO - Tatenda Calvin Nyamidzi believes he has what it takes to stake a claim on the competitive Zimbabwean hip-hop scene dominated by the likes of Junior Brown and Tehn Diamond.

The 21-year-old musician, known by his music peers as Calvin Treazy, is determined to lead hip-hoppers in the City of Kings challenge Harare’s stranglehold on the music genre.

“All I need first is exposure. I need to be known and hear my music being played everywhere I go,” said Calvin Treazy whose song Amai Makabatana is currently making waves on most local radio stations.

Though he still has a lot to do before he can match his Harare-based counterparts, Calvin Treazy is encouraged by the progress he has made.

“I started recording my songs in 2009 but back then I was just doing it for the love of it. It was not my intention to pursue music as a career,” he said.

“Last year I felt that I needed to be serious and jump into the professional music industry. As a result, I managed to release a number of tracks to my name, and today, I am happy to say I can sit back and listen to my music on some local radio stations.”

The young musician admits though that conquering the Zimbabwean hip-hop scene requires much more than guts and determination.

“It is not an easy task but one I am determined to accomplish either as an individual or in partnership with other artistes,” said Treazy who composes Ndebele, Shona and English songs.

“I am usually a solo artiste but I am also part of the group we call Legit which I lead along with my colleague Marcus ‘G Rock’ Khumalo.

“Together we have managed to release some good tracks which have received reasonable airplay.”

In a bid to take their music to the next level, Calvin Treazy and Legit have resolved to do more live shows and to distribute their CDs for free. Legit currently features in weekly shows in the City of Kings under the title Bigger than Hip-Hop.

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