Rap battle looms in Bulawayo

BULAWAYO - Fifteen youngsters will battle it out in a rap competition to be held at Bulawayo Rainbow Cinema on Friday.

The talent identification contest is part of hip-hop talent shows being organised by Bulawayo-based Star Open Mic.

Show organiser Pritchard “Teeko” Kasomali told the Daily News that the weekend event will be an opportunity for talented youngsters to showcase their rapping talent.

“As part of our endeavour to expose the talent in young artistes, we have been holding hip-hop talent shows in several towns. It is purely a talent identification programme,” said Kasomali.

“We chose to hold the event at Bulawayo Rainbow Cinema because we want it to be a family event. Holding the event in a nightclub, for example, could make other people unwilling to
attend.”

Teeko has been impressed by the level of support the initiative has attracted from established hip-hop artistes and from the corporate sector.

“Every artiste needs to be in the limelight and to have an audience. This platform provides just that for the aspiring youngsters and it is now up to them to prove their mettle on
the day,” he said.

After the City of Kings competition, the organisers plan to take the event to Gweru.

“I am happy because we have successfully covered several small towns and we are determined to continue spreading our tentacles to other places we haven’t reached so far,” added
Teeko.

In order to boost the show, organisers have included several established rappers to perform alongside the competing youngsters. Two South Africa-based Zimbabwean rappers Caydden and
Runddon will be part of the potentially explosive bill.

The Hurricanes, silver medallists at the Africa Dance Competition held in Botswana two months ago, will also make a guest appearance.

Some of the artistes expected to grace the event include Poy, Mzoe7, MC Tytoh, TearDream, Ozzbit, Klap, FC Army, VFR, Prozac and K-Hood Cartel.

Meanwhile Star Open Mic has been invited to take part in the Shangano Festival set for Lupane on October 25.

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