Dice: the woman of many talents

HARARE - Denise “Dice” Edwards- film director, actress, writer, producer, film editor and musician rolled into one-is truly a woman of many talents.

Dice, who co-founded a vibrant film production house called Invision Studios, has just released a hip hop track titled ‘Rad” which features Bulawayo-based rapper Cal_vin who scooped the Best Album of the Year, the Male Rapper of the Year and Song of the Year gongs at the Zim Hip Hop Awards in December last year.

The multi-talented Dice is confident that she has come up with a track that will make the local hip-hop community sit up and take notice.

“I love the fact that my producer Amvis made an awesome instrumental arrangement and the elements jelled together to create a different feel that spoke to me.  In a way it is like saying how do you rate your baby?  I love it,” Dice told the Daily News on Sunday.

The modest artiste has been delighted by the positive response the video of “Rad” has elicited on YouTube.

“I am humbled at the amount of views the video generated. To be honest I am at a loss for words, over 35 720 views to date on YouTube. Not bad at all.

“I am blown away by the hard work Charles Mugaviri Jr. and Blessing Chinanga put into creating the concept and producing the video.

“They are the most creative film makers I have worked with and to be honest I wouldn’t change a thing.  They managed to think outside the box and produce something with an international flair,” she said.

Dice, who has been off the music scene for some time, refused to rate herself against other local female MCs.

“Any artist thinks they have what it takes to be the best but to be honest I am doing what I do solely because I love music and it is my way of expressing myself. Talk is cheap and I would rather show my worth than talk about it,” said the multi-talented artist.

Dice believes local artistes are not doing enough to claim a significant stake on the international hip hop scene and wants female hip hop artistes to be more assertive.

“We still have a long way to go in hip hop to be relevant on an international playing field. More Female MCs need to step up; we can still be cute but deliver better thought-out music.  It is not enough to say you are the Queen when you don’t think of the intricate details.  No one will take us (female artists) seriously if we keep playing Mickey Mouse games,” she told the Daily News on Sunday.

Now that she has bounced back on the music scene, Dice has promised to release more songs soon.

“I am really excited about the new track Adrian from South Africa has featured me on titled “Gimme Tonight”, which will be released very soon.  Apart from that, I will be a releasing another single beginning of May titled “M.O“.  This year you can expect to hear and see a lot from me,” she said.

Dice was among the first crop of urban grooves artistes who hit the scene around the year 2000. She collaborated with Roki on her first track which was titled “Rock,” produced by Delani Makalima. She followed that up with fairly hot tracks such as “Step Aside,” “If You Wanna” and “Love Triangle.”

But thanks to her love for film-making, Dice’s music career took a back seat after she co-founded Harare-based Invision Studios which has produced over 36 short films for first-time filmmakers by providing them equipment and production assistance for free.

Last year Dice directed a television series called “Wine and Dine with Tumi,” which is aired on Zambezi Magic on Dstv. This year she has produced three television shows that will broadcast by Zambezi Magic and ZBC-TV later this year.

The highlight of Dice’s film-making career was co- writing and co-producing a film called “Far From Yesterday” which featured  musician Ammara Brown, John Cole, model Jonathan Denga, Gani Phiri, Stacey Danana, Gani Phiri, and seven year old Hana Madzikanda who went on to win the ZIWA 2015 Actress of the Year Award.

“It all started with an idea. Who would have thought that a year later I would see that Idea come to life.  I remember writing the first draft for the feature film "Far From Yesterday" under the working title "Cordelia".  After a few months the Invision team decided to develop the screenplay and boy did it evolve as Charles and Blessing added different dimensions to the story and characters,” remembered Dice.

Apart from "Far From Yesterday,” Dice also produced, directed and acted in several feature and short films which include The House Sitter, Yamaha, Inicio Demise, Lost , Psychedelic, Saved and the Tropfest nominated film “ Introspect.”

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