If you ever doubted the dictum that dynamite comes in small packages, then you have to watch upcoming local hip-hop artist the Black Bird — real name Noku Vundla — release some energy on stage.
The Black Bird had the small crowd that attended the launch of her debut album, Tha Rappetizer, at Alliance Française, eating out of her hand.
The launch was graced by the Zambian ambassador to Zimbabwe and local artistes including Dudu Manhenga, Hope Masike and comedian Edgar Langeveldt.
Langeveldt had the small audience in stitches at intervals during the launch while Masike — a close friend of Black Bird — also entertained the guests with her performances, including a duet with the emergent hip-hop artist.
Black Bird gave a live performance of some of her tracks like Black Man, Oooh and Paper Chasers.
The track Black Man was inspired by the Black Bird’s personal experiences.
“My song Black Man is a track that I composed out of my own personal experiences with an unfaithful black man and it is a tribute to single mothers who have been cheated on by black men,” she said.
She said the album merged both underground and commercial styles of hip-hop into an emotionally rich and energy-filled product with instrumentation that touches on a variety of genres, allowing her to diversify her flow.
“Despite my bad experiences with men I also show my appreciation of good men in the tracks Wanna Be and You where I serenade the apple of my eye through my lyrical love letters,” she said.
Black Bird may have women at heart, but she is definitely not shy when it comes to expressing herself to the opposite sex.
She said as a musician she had gained a strong following on her online campaign through My Space, Facebook and her official Black Bird blog.