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THERE is an air of excitement among hip hop fans and artistes in Bulawayo following reports that one of South Africa’s leading Hip Hop artists, Cassper Nyovest, will perform in the city next month.

Nyovest real name Refiloe Phoolo, a talented multi-award winning muso, is slated to perform at Hartsfield Rugby Ground on April 25.

He will be supported by a host of local artists who include hip hop star Calvin, tribal house outfit Djembe Monks and dancehall stars Winky D and Soul Jah Love.

The show, made possible by the combined efforts of 3D Events and Management, Chipaz Promotions, The Odyssey of Kadoma and Dj Dee Nosh, has been touted as the ideal platform to promote the genre which has played second fiddle to the popular house music genre.

In separate interviews with NewZimbabwe.com, Bulawayo-based Hip Hop artists believe the genre is on the right track.

“Bulawayo hip hop is definitely on the right path. With a bit of structure we will be seeing more progress at a faster rate,” said rapper, Naboth Rizla.

“We are finally getting more attention than a few years ago so it is a good thing to finally get noticed not just nationwide but globally.”

Rizla believes the small efforts by individual artists have kept the genre alive and he hopes the corporate sector will soon come on board to offer the financial support they desperately deserve.

“The good thing is we have finally decided to take it upon ourselves to make everything happen and, with time, the corporates and everyone else will catch on to the buzz.

“Instead of waiting for promoters to make shows for us we are seeing artists creating platforms to promote themselves,” said Rizla.

Cassper Nyovest – Phumakim

Cal_vin, who recently received great praise from Cassper Nyovest agreed that the genre was slowly being resurrected.

“As from last year up to now, I feel life in the genre and slowly corporates are gravitating towards it. Promoters are now even investing money and putting hip hop on the map,” he said.

He however, disputed views that the genre is not as popular as house and dancehall music, saying for a long time it has been the biggest genre in the city although it lacks exposure as the other genres.

The Luveve based rapper believes the Cassper Nyovest gig comes at an opportune time and will catapult the genre to the next level.

“The show is happening at a perfect time in the sense that it will feature some of the biggest names in the country, the likes of Winky D and Soul Jah Love.

“It’s really a big deal for Bulawayo rappers and for me as an artist as I will be introduced to a wider market,” said Cal_vin.

He revealed that he will be featuring Cassper Nyovest in a remix of one of his hit songs, Zkhiphan and hopes the two will perform the song together on stage next month.

While the inclusion of a cross section of artists to open for the South African rapper has been welcomed by many music fans, Rizla felt more hip hop artists should have been included in the line-up.

“Unfortunately it takes a Harare promoter to recognise that Cassper has a market in Bulawayo that would love to see him perform whilst Bulawayo promoters are too blind to see this.

“It is also sad that only Cal_vin was earmarked to perform yet the city has abundant hip hop talent that could not only entertain the crowd which we expect to be predominantly hip hop but also have Cassper know more about their music as he not only is the biggest hip hop artist in Africa right now but also owns an independent record label called Family Tree that could possibly even sign Bulawayo talent,” said Rizla.

Source : New Zimbabwe