BY KIMBERLY KARIATI
LOCAL hip-hop artiste Masimba Temwani “Da Kid” Biyasi says his storytelling approach and being multi-linguial has distinguished his music from the rest.
In an interview with Newsday Life & Style, Da Kid said his music is unique as he seeks to tell a tale of those striving to make it despite the life challenges influenced by livelihoods.
“What sets us apart as artistes is that we tell our stories differently. Through my music, I tell the stories of youths who have dared to chase their dreams battling against hardship just to brighten their future,” he said.
“Most of the stories I tell in my music are not fictional, but rather personal experiences as people who listen to my music can relate to the hardship that I make compositions of.”
The Mabvuku bred singer said he became serious with his musical career when he started performing at open mic sessions at the now defunct Book Cafe in Harare.
He has lamented the world of technology as an obstacle to his career arguing that it has led to the downfall of artistes.
“The hardest part in music is getting things done, especially being in the new digital age where almost everything happens on the Internet. You need to put out projects that are properly done such as videos because now people believe more in visuals than just the voice,” he said.
“People these days want to see the face behind the voice more than ever. These projects require money especially if you want to properly present your work and this is a challenge for most upcoming artistes.”
A photographer by profession, Da Kid said he is working with Malawian artiste Kid Buba on a song that will be dropping soon and another duet with Nigerian artiste Tikaya is on the cards.
“On my previous projects I have collaborated with Africa’s notable names such as Nigerian rapper Lil Dizzie. My discography includes Untold Stories EP (2017) featuring Ti Gonzi , Fun F , Scrip Mula & Nyasha Timbe, The Father Of The Son (2018) which features Kanter The Janter , Shayne and KBFMG,” he said.
“One of my songs Jecha has received massive radio play both locally and regionally. I believe we need our people to believe and support us from the beginning up to the pop. As a way of supporting us, they must also be willing to pay for the content that musicians constantly put out there.” ENDS
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