Zim Christian rapper voted Africa's best

MUTARE - Christian rapper Courtney Antipas has been crowned Africa’s best Christian hip-hop artist by a four-member panel made up of prominent players gleaned from the continent.

Antipas, formerly known as III Ceey, was the only Zimbabwean among the 20 best Christian emcees who included two South Africans, six Zambians, three Malawians, one Kenyan, a Ugandan, two Nigerians, one Tanzanians, a Tswana and a Mozambican.

The Zimbabwean rapper beat Ruyonga (Uganda) into second place while Zambian Mag44 came third.

The awards panel comprised Zambian Steven Mwale, who is the founder and chief executive officer of Retunes, a music promotion and distribution company; South African Fusi Nkoala, a radio DJ and founder of Live Large Productions and Zimbabwe duo of Harold Moyo, founder of Fresh Impressions record label and Grant Munatsi, a radio DJ and co-founder of Soli Deo Gloria Music.

The panel described Antipas as “a talented and versatile emcee with loaded a metaphorical flow.  He is a technically-sleek rapper that has shared the stage with the best international rappers. His consistency and continuous ability to put out amazing projects has made him stand out in the industry,” they said.

They added that the Top 20 list, that seeks  to encourage artistes to work harder ,considered  tours made by an artiste, solid albums or projects, sound doctrine, components of hip-hop and consistency.

In an interview with the Daily News, Antipas described the continental accolade as an affirmation of his hard work.

“It is humbling for starters. It is good to see that what we are doing is being noticed and embraced continentally. It was also shocking as well. I received word that a list was being compiled but the number one spot was something I was not expecting.

“Also I hope this encourages other local Christian hip-hop artists to run their race. I don’t do this for accolades nor to chase them. But it is encouraging and I pray that it spills over to my brothers to keep going,” Antipas said.

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