No doubt, Killer T’s star’s continues to shine brighter.
Only last year, the Mbare –based dancehall virtuoso timeously made his name among the increasingly popular coterie of local reggae artistes with his trademark Popopopo chant.
No playlists were complete without songs like Masuspects, Tirikunanaira, Makarova Gunners among others.
The young man, who always proudly avows his humble Mbare roots with his ‘ Kumatapi ndiko KuZion’ chant, can safely write his name as having been part of a historic 2013 where the usually popular sungura genre was subdued by dancehall.
For the first time in a long time, top sungura musicians found local listeners giving more attention to the generally unnoticed dancehall neophytes.
The footsteps to the recognition of dancehall music, led from Mbare’s Matapi flats, might have been slow as Harare’s oldest suburb is wrongly perceived to produce nothing but crime and drugs.
It took a group of dancehall chanters, among them She Calaz, Ras Pompy, Soul Jah Love and Cally C to rewrite this misconception with their extraordinary talent and hard work.
And it appears the journey has not ended there.
Killer T –real name Kelvin Kusikwenyu -will soon be writing his Matapi to England story as he is set to make his debut show at the acclaimed Zimbabwe Cup Clash dancehall fete to be held on 29 March at the Dunstable Leisure Centre in the United Kingdom
The clash, an annual event, will see Killer T being the sole Zimbabwe- based artiste to perform on the same stage as Real Link, Simple Dread and DJ Envy, among others.
“I am honoured and I cannot explain the excitement I have over this opportunity to perform at the same platform as renowned DJs and musicians,” said Killer T.
The show is promoted by New Generation Entertainment; an outfit run mostly by UK based Zimbabweans who support local artistes.
The Cup Clash, according to the UK-based King Alfred of New Generation, celebrates its 9th year of “promoting and exposing Zimbabwean music in the UK.”
Killer T could not hide the excitement of performing outside Zimbabwe for the first time and promised to live up to the expectations of the anticipated huge turnout of both Diasporan Zimbabweans and other nationalities.
“Being my first time to fly out of Zimbabwe, I would like to thank, my manager, King Alfred, BodySalm Family, my fans and family.”
In recognition of the rise of dancehall in Zimbabwe, Bodyslam Entertainment, a trio of Simbarashe ‘DJ Trouble’Chakare, Bruce ‘DJ Busta’ Cheya and Nyasha ‘Nyashvale’ Chabvuta is working in conjunction with King Alfred to make Killer T’s UK show possible.
Cheya said: “The clash is one of the biggest shows in the UK and people travel from all over to witness it, so it is a great opportunity for Killer T and we are doing everything we can to make it a success.”