Reincarnation of Christopher Columbus

HARARE - The popular nursery rhyme, “Christopher Columbus”, now has a reincarnation.

Scrip Mula, 20, who was born Keith Takudzwa Mudambana, seems to not have gotten enough of the rhyme that he admits he sang to in the dusty streets of Chitungwiza over a decade-and-a-half ago.

The rookie hip-hop artiste has just released Christopher Columbus, a single that is already dominating the charts on most radio stations in the country.

Produced by Augustine” Quazor” Darara at Young Games Entertainment, the song is quickly proving to be a hit.

Inspired by the exploits of the Italian explorer, navigator and coloniser — who completed four voyages across the Atlantic Ocean in his efforts to establish permanent settlements on the island of Hispaniola, which thus initiated the European colonisation of the new world — the track — just like the nursery rhyme, is all about conquering.

“The song is basically about what we used to sing about … Columbus, admiring and praising his efforts. People from all over are now singing along to my music, which means in my own right, I am now a mini-version of Columbus; I have made it. My influence is spreading and people are appreciating,” Scrip Mula told the Daily News recently.

He added: “We actually had to push forward the official release date to Saturday, July 16. We sent the track to local stations first before we officially released it. After people heard the track, they have been requesting it and we had no choice but to push forward the official release date.

“We shot the video which is set for release by mid-August this year. It is a high-quality video shot in Harare’s Mt Pleasant Heights suburb,” he said.

The artiste is also part of hip-hop outfit Tsotsi by Nature, a group that also has Da Kid Verse, Kid Moola, Shauzy and Young Saint.

“Currently, I am in no rush to release a full album. I am concentrating on releasing singles. Probably, next year I will release one. Right now, I am working with Simba Tagz on my next project tiled Madhara Avo which will be released soon,” he said.

Hip-hop in Zimbabwe which has for long lived under the shadows of Sungura and of late Zimdancehall, seems to be finally coming out of its shell to hold its place as a genre. The rookie artiste believes the future is bright for Zim hip-hop.

“Definitely it is (hip-hop) on an upward trend. We need to shoot high-quality videos to go with our music. This will generate interest and eventually the genre will grow,” he said.

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