Beav City weathers COVID-19 challenges

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BY KIMBERLY KARIATI

CHITUNGWIZA-BASED hip-hop singer Beaven “Beav City” Mukwizo says the release of his latest song, Bhebhi Rakanaka, is meant to prove his amapiano music’s ability at a time when COVID-19 has affected recordings for many artistes and the music industry at large.

In an interview with NewsDay Life & Style, Beav City said the release of the single was a sign that he had managed to stay afloat in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic as production was problematic during lockdown.

“Some of the studios I work with were closed and others adjusted operating hours due to the COVID-19 regulations. However, with the love and drive to do better, we put in maximum effort to get our compositions out there and we are still in the game,” he said.

“Releasing this single, directed by Dir Leoy V and produced by Clef Jones, was a great achievement as I also managed to provide visuals for the song. The track narrates a story about a man in search of a beautiful and right woman for him in a bid to settle down.”

Beav City said apart from life experiences, his compositions were also influenced by artistes like Bryson Tiller.

“My sound is unique as I am flexible to do any genre of music. I produce my music with good quality on both videos and audio. Although I am the voice and face behind my music, I am thankful to God for surrounding me with good directors and producers,” he said.

“Not taking credit, but to just get it out there, I have blueprinted different genres for I am one of the first artistes to do Trap soul music in Zimbabwe.”

He said for rising musicians to shine in the competitive music industry, they should learn to respect others and listen to seasoned artistes.

“Sponsors and promoters should cater for all different genres of music and not just focus on only one. I have noticed Zimbabweans enjoy a lot of sungura and dancehall which is alright, but they should know that we do not produce those genres only, we got others too that really need assistance,” he said.

Beav City said he was happy to have worked with some of the country’s top artistes like gospel singer Mudiwa Hood, Fun F and Jamal, Mzeen the beat maker, Leekay, Mclyne and Tanto Wavie.

“I am grateful that my music has been honoured in the country as I was awarded Best Male gong at Changamire Hip-Hop Awards Festival in 2018 and the Best Male and Best Song Awards for Chitungwiza Music Entertainment Lifestyle Awards in 2017,” he said.

“I am hoping for a great 2021 and from how I have started the year I might just become the next amapiano guru and my fans should brace themselves as I might release my second album this year.”

The 29-year-old singer arrived on the showbiz scene in 2017 after the release of his debut extended play titled Music of the City before dropping a 15-track album, Trapped in the City.

Some of his notable songs that have made waves on the airwaves are Rubber, Zim Girl (Dotman featuring Mr Eazi cover), Free City.

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