TWO of Southern Africa’s rap giants Khuli Chana from South Africa and Zimbabwe’s James Mpakula, aka Junior Brown, are set to share the stage at Water Whirld in Harare on September 21 during the Shoko Festival.
Report by Tinashe Sibanda
The annual festival runs from September 17 to 22, presenting a number of local and international arts acts.
“The venue is going to be transformed into a vibrant festival site. Shoko Festival brings an array of world class hip hop events,” said Shoko Festival media liaison officer Tafadzwa Sharaunga.
A South Africa Music Awards and Channel O award-winning musician, Chana, is one of South Africa’s leading rappers and sings in English and South African vernacular languages. He calls his blend Motswako music.
“Chana is currently riding high on a wave of success and is one of the biggest hip hop acts on the continent. He is currently dominating the South African music scene with his latest offering Mnatebawen getting heavy rotation on Chanel O,” added Sharaunga.
From the local front comes Junior Brown, who is among top local talent in a camp of good local rappers known as Few Kings. Junior Brown is still basking in the glory of an outstanding performance at Big Brother Africa: The Chase stage with Tehn Diamond.
Shoko Festival is one of the country’s fastest growing international festivals and has established itself as a major event on Zimbabwe’s annual arts calendar.
The festival is set to run for six days and will involve over 250 artistes, bringing together acts from three continents.