Harare – Zimbabwean hip-hop act of the moment Holy Ten’s new album indicates a return to lyricism, an approach which earned him the tag “leader of the youth”.
Holy Ten rose to prominence in 2020 with his song “Ndaremerwa” and has been on an upward spiral with his emotional storytelling.
At some point, it appeared like he was drifting from his storytelling approach, favouring a party sound on songs like “Appetite”.
However, “Ndaremerwa” is a return to basics for the emcee.
In his debut album Risky Life, released last week, Holy Ten (real name Mukudzeyi Chitsama) showed that he is not a fluke and is ready to last the distance.
The 12-track project is a continuation of the teachings he has been delivering to his peers, especially to empower women and challenging young people to introspect.
His consistent messaging speaks against ills like gender-based violence, drugs and rape.
Holy Ten said, “I spent over a year creating this album. There are songs that I have been writing for a long time, issues that really touch my heart.”
His videos gross not less than 10,000 views on Youtube on release dates.
“I would be ungrateful not to mention how Zimbabweans have supported me since I came onto the scene. I want to continue creating music and working hard creating the music,” he said.
The album features upcoming vocalist Anita Jackson and dancehall veteran Dadza D.
In one of the songs, Holy Ten expresses hopes to feature South African rapper Kwesta in the future.