Zim hip-hop comes alive during lockdown

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Andrew Moyo

Music artist Desmond Chidembe aka Stunner, has been a topic of discussion for the right reasons these past few days.

While controversy is his middle name, hogging the limelight for mishaps every now and then, this time around the racket is of his talent.

Social media has been awash with praises for his outstanding performance during the Gara Mumba Iwe concert, which was streamed live on Wednesday night on the popular Zimpapers Television Network (ZTN).

Stunner has never shied away from claiming that he is the best and probably the biggest rapper in the country, and Wednesday’s blistering act was one of the reasons why some people subscribe to this notion.

Not only did the rapper pull off an excellent performance – he managed to prove that he has a strong fan base as viewership spiked during his set, with over 15 000 people tuning in to watch him.

This might be seen as a win, at least for the hip-hop community, which has for a long time been said to have very little or no influence at all in the local music industry. Earlier this month, One House hosted a battle between two artiste Ti Gonzi vs Noble Stylz, and they was a general consensus that Hip Hop is in safe hands for more generations to come.

This episode comes hot on the heels of another hip-hop related topic, which has set showbiz alight these past few days.

The GZE vs Noble Stylz war has been one of the most discussed topics in entertainment circles with the two having a go at each other in song.

While the former fired the first shots with a diss track “Fatality”, his nemesis was not going out without a fight. He also displayed his lyrical weaponry in a response titled “The Gze Lecture”.

On Wednesday, a few hours after Noble Stylz dropped his reply, Gze was back, expressing his desire to prolong this fight as he dropped another diss track, “Dhaf”, and those who have been following this battle will obviously be waiting for Noble’s reaction.

This battle has sparked a debate as to who the better rapper is between the two, a discussion that has been an all-inclusive debacle, with people who would normally not blink or lend an ear to anything related to hip-hop also jumping in to express their opinions. What is clear for all to see is that there is a keen interest on the developments happening on the hip-hop scene.

Whether this is the time that hip-hop will spring up and become a dominant genre or a just momentary hype which will fade, time will tell.

With the genre boasting a large number of talented rappers, who for the most part have been prominent in underground circles, it would be pleasant to see these guys being given a bigger platform to shine.

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