I'm not there yet: Cal_Vin

BULAWAYO - High-riding rapper Cal_Vin says the three Zim Hip-hop Awards he won recently will not delude him into believing that he has reached the pinnacle.

The Luveve-bred star, who scooped the Best Album of the Year, the Male Rapper of the Year and Song of the Year after being nominated a mammoth eight times, believes the awards are a small step on his arduous journey to the top.

“I am not yet there; the journey is still rough and the terrain is undulating and it needs rough riders. I am just going to continue with the same work ethic because I am nowhere near where I want to be career wise, so I am working towards my goal with a much better attitude and focus,” the Z’khuphani singer told the Daily News.

He added that he has already started planning for next year.

“Currently, I am working on more visuals as well as my events calendar for 2016 because I want to do a lot more touring and performances so that I can make myself more visible and market my brand,” he said.

Cal_Vin believes his awards haul will put to rest the misconception that good things only happen to those based in Harare.

“It is actually full proof that Bulawayo is now the capital of hip-hop. We have earned our position and it’s clear to everybody now, thanks to the fan base for helping me get the city way up,” he said.

Although he only managed to bag three awards out of a possible eight, the artiste is content with what he got.

“I am extremely happy about the awards though I had anticipated bagging at least four awards including the Producer of the Year Award. But I am cool about it because I think AnonziXnder who took the producer award deserved it as he equally worked hard this year so I salute the dude,” said the rising star who also calls himself Lokishini Obama.

He added: “I think the awards were fair. I cannot complain, I really hoped for more but those who won equally deserved them so I think it was fair enough.”

The rapper, however, believes the awards need a more appropriate venue.

“I wish they (organisers) stop holding hip-hop awards in night clubs because I know that for a fact that we have more young fans of the art who would have loved to attend the event but could not because they are not old enough or they hold strong religious and family beliefs against night clubs. The other thing is the event should not be unnecessarily long as was the case,” he said.

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