Zim hip-hop to light up Shoko Festival

HARARE - Tehn Diamond, Simba Tagz and The Monkey Nuts will be Zim hip-hop’s flag bearers during the Shoko Festival opening night set for September 23 that will be headlined by celebrated South African rapper AKA.

The opening night will also feature Zimdancehall legend Winky D, vivacious songstress Ammara Brown and Norway-based hip-hop duo called African Sunz.

Shoko Festival organisers are convinced that Tehn Diamond, Simba Tagz and The Monkey Nuts will rise to the occasion at the show that will take place at the Zimbabwe Museum of Human Sciences along Rotten Row.

“The Zimbabwe hip-hop scene will be well represented on the night by Happy hit-maker Tehn Diamond and Simba Tagz, one of the country’s leading urban musicians and producers who has worked with Ice Prince and Burna Boy among others.

Also on the Zimbabwean front, the indie hip-hop outfit, The Monkey Nuts are expected to take to the stage in a collaboration with Norway-based group, African Sunz. African Sunz are a powerful act with the reputation as one of Oslo’s best live hip-hop acts,” read part of a Shoko Festival press statement.

Winky D, whose recent duet with music superstar Oliver Mtukudzi titled Panorwadza Moyo, is dominating airwaves, will perform at the festival on Saturday.

“Winky D’s presence at the festival certainly comes with a great promise of a sneak peek into his new song titled 25 that he has been sampling at his live shows. Winky D is presented in partnership with Zambezi Magic,” continued the Shoko statement.

Though other artistes on the Shoko Festival line-up are likely to generate a lot of interest, it is AKA’s maiden appearance at Shoko Festival that will predictably excite local music fans the most.

The South African hip-hop recording artiste and record producer, who is regarded by some as one of Africa’s best rappers, is doing well in United Kingdom and African charts with his hits Dreamwork and One Time.

Interestingly, the talented and controversial rapper will perform at the fast-improving festival exactly a year after featuring his sworn rival and compatriot Cassper Nyovest.

  This year’s Shoko Festival theme — Come Alive — is a call to Harare’s festival-goers to come alive amidst the challenging times engulfing Zimbabwe.

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