BigTee plots hip hop revival

HARARE - Rapper Tapiwa ‘BigTee’ Sekete is happy with the success registered by the Ghetto Gospel Movement that he formed late last year to promote upcoming hip hop talent in the ghettoes.

BigTee launched the Ghetto Gospel Movement in November 2015 at Mushandira Pamwe Hotel in Highfield with help from his brother, businessman Fungai Sekete.

“The Ghetto Gospel Movement is an initiative that seeks to promote hip hop in the less affluent suburbs and debunk the misconception that hip hop is for the rich "salad types" from the Northern and Eastern suburbs of Harare,” the ambitious rapper told the Daily News.

The Nezi Green Nezi Red singer also bemoaned the fact that hip hop is now playing second fiddle to Zimdancehall.

“I am an upcoming artiste myself but I decided to form the Ghetto Gospel Movement because I cannot fold my hands while hip hop continues to lose its lustre. Sadly these days the ghetto youths no longer rate hip-hop music highly because they are focusing more on Zimdancehall.

“The ghettoes in Harare cannot afford to ignore hip hop. The rap art form started in the back alleys of the ghettos in The Bronx and Queens New York to voice concerns about the marginalisation of ghetto youths from the ghetto.

“Harare youths are in the same situation and that is why I formed a movement that seeks to bring back hip hop to the ghetto where it belongs,” said the 27 year old artiste.

Despite music piracy ravaging the local music industry, the Highfield-born BigTee remains determined to promote hip hop.

“Piracy is one of the major problems that all artists in Zimbabwe are facing. The moment you record your song the following morning it will be on the streets being sold for just a dollar and this hurts me so much. But we have to soldier on.

“The Ghetto Gospel Movement is just the beginning. We hope to hold a show every Saturday and we are inviting hip hop artistes, both established and upcoming, to be part of this initiative,” said BigTee.

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