Harare - Holstar's latest album has reignited debate on whether or not he is the greatest hip-hop act in Zambia.
Having been in the game since 1994, Holstar holds a firm seat in Southern Africa’s hall of fame for his small but explosive discography, which has Zambian fans calling him the GOAT – the greatest of all time.
The album, titled “Kupeleka Nyali Ya Moto” (“Passing the Torch”) has been receiving widespread attention across Africa.
It is just his fifth album, but the “Dutu Mupengo” hit-maker is getting rave reviews for yet another well-crafted and mature project in a field otherwise dominated by what are often referred to as bubble-gum releases that make a huge bang and then quickly fizzle out.
“I have connected with a lot of people because of the album and as a result more opportunities are presenting themselves. The music is getting playlisted and it has been shared by bloggers from Countries such as Ghana, Francophone and even Portuguese speaking countries,” he told The Southern Times Arts.
The new album features acts from outside Zambia, such as Zimbabwean rapper Soko Matemai.
The song “Dutu Mupengo”, which has been the highlight of the album, is a product of a musical bromance with digital origins.
“I connected with people I have met online and have a friendship with on Twitter and other platforms,” said Holstar, explaining how the Internet was helping him grow interest in the album at a time normal ways of promotion are curtailed by COVID-19.
Born Duncan Sodala, the 38-year-old signals that he is ready to step back and allow younger musicians to carry the torch.
Holstar, Pope and Al Kani formed the history making group Zone Fam, who are among Zambia’s biggest musical exports. Holstar was both manager and a founding member of the group.
Besides rapping, he is a promoter who has created platforms for young people across Zambia.
Holstar is the CEO of Slam Dunk Records, which has nurtured many a rapper in Zambia and beyond.
In 2013, Slam Dunk Records and Da Grapevine Tv from Zimbabwe were commissioned by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation to compile a hip-hop mixtape.