RISING South Africa-based Zimbabwean hip-hop artiste Ngonidzashe “King 98” Dondo said it was a dream come true to combine his voice with Nigerian music icon Davido on his single, No Bad Vibes, that was concurrently released on local and Nigerian radio stations yesterday.
BY WINSTONE ANTONIO
King 98 told NewsDay Life & Style yesterday that the single, which was now available on different platforms such as iTunes and YouTube is an appetiser as he prepares to launch his debut album, Francesca, on April 27 at the Harare International Conference Centre.
“This is a great start to my music career, having worked with my brother, Davido on my single, No Bad Vibes, that dropped on the market today (yesterday) as I prepare to launch my first album Francesca, that features celebrated South African rap superstar, Nasty C,” he said.
King 98, who is pursuing a degree in music and arts at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, said they would be dropping the accompanying video of the single next week on Monday, as they were now finalising logistics with Davido’s camp.
The youthful rapper said the duet was triggered by artistry after Davido’s personal assistant, Aloma, listened a song he made when he was with Ali Keys, his producer, who then insisted that Davido would like the song if he listened to it.
He said through hip-hop, he could fully express his identity as it gave him the desire and passion to keep fighting for success.
“I see myself being a powerhouse in African music. I want my life and music to inspire everyone around me. I want them to know that dreams can come true and that God is in control. No matter what people say, keep pushing,” he said.
The 21-year-old artiste said he drew his inspiration from American rapper, producer and actor Asap Rocky, Davido, Canadian rapper, producer and actor Drake and South African artiste and producer Cassper Nyovest.
King 98’s manager DJ Sims said they were trying to penetrate the Nigerian market and were working in partnership with a team led by Frank.