Local hip-hop artists have collaborated on an eight-track album titled Shaura (Sing) that was released recently.
The artists — under TMG Records — include Blessed “8L” Zikali, Axon “Mr Noxa” Bhobho, Tendai “Dija” Zisengwe, Tracy “Trae Young” Mbeulani, Ngoni “Snazzy” Muchineuta and Tsungai “Dj Phat Fat” Sikefu.
The album shows a high-level of talent on the local hip hop scene and songs like May I, The Soldiers and Weekend Fantasy are receiving commendable airplay locally.
Your Phone is Ringing and I Can’t Help It are two of the tracks that have also done exceptionally well on Power FM top 10 charts for a while.
“TMG Records was established four years ago and we have since decided to pool our talents on several collaborations where artists will showcase their talents,” said group spokesperson, Zikali.
The compilation is a smooth-flowing album, which has an “old school” music touch likely to remind the listener of the ’90s international hip-hop gurus like LL Cool J, Tupac and Mr Cheecks, who had expertly crafted rap lines.
The group claims it does not follow the international hip-hop culture of drug abuse and violence.
“Drug abuse is our worst enemy, so while we entertain people with our music we also have a responsibility to inform them of what is right in our society,” said Zikali.
He said the artists were inspired by bad and good music in the sense that whenever they heard bad music they would be encouraged to make better productions while emulating good music and working towards producing the best.
Commenting on the extent to which Zimbabweans were supporting hip-hop, Zikali said the group was getting so much encouragement, which was a sign many people were beginning to follow local hip-hop.
“We are promoting our music on an international level and locally people are beginning to like it. We feel if we continue doing well, we will soon have massive support.”
He said Zimbabweans were a dynamic people, who could go with anything good to their ears and so far, most people that listened to their music had been amazed with such outstanding talent.
“We would love to compete with international artists, but our budgets are slim. However, we are certainly making strides and I want to encourage people to keep their ears on the ground. We are definitely coming with something great and they will love our sound. It has taken us some time to come this far, but good things are worth the wait.”