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Zimbabwean Hip Hop Movement


25 June 2004 One Comment

The Zimbabwean hip hop generation was in for a treat this past weekend courtesy of hip hop activists “The Movement“. They are the same guys that brought you the “Pungwe” compilation and have now released their sophomore release tentatively titled “Bira“. This compilation features some of the hottest Zim talent from the Diaspora.

Zimbabwean hip hop activists ‘the Movement‘ organized a music and cultural festival over the weekend (Saturday the 19th). This was a great move for music, Zimbabwean artists and society. A considerable lot of underground rappers were present and in the early afternoon could be heard battling at The Red Rose Entertainment stand. Some acts got the chance to perform main stage. 

I was fortunate enough to pick up a tape of The Movement’s second compilation album “Bira”. Similar to the first “Pungwe” which features cuts from Zimbabwean artistes based overseas, the Bira compilation is a collective of local underground artists. 

Chitah, in my opinion is one of the most promising emcees. He is holding his own on the local front and is out there doing his thing all over which puts him ahead of most acts who have settled for “Yo, my shits on radio”. 

Chitah is a remarkable performer and his versatility on the mic makes him a formidable contender from freestlying, battling to his written material.

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