Here is one person who knows how to throw a very bold title in the air and stick to it. Not so long ago Zimbabwean Hip Hop Act and Youth Activist Asaph (Tafadzwa Tarukwana) proclaimed himself as the Zim hip hop saviour in a time that Hip Hop really needed an extra push especially as far as narrative was concerned. I remember in conversation with a few friends over drinks, one admitted that maybe Zim hip hop does need a saviour of sorts but Asaph wasn’t the one. Few months down the line, look what we’ve got here? Who’s track is steady sitting on top of the charts? Who’s album is getting amazing reviews? Who’s getting booked in shows, clubs, festivals, and all? Yep, Mr ‘Bold statements’ himself. He did mention that he is the #Mambo and lately he is doing #Mambo things, like this past weekend at the Shoko Festival. The award winning artist who recently performed at the Unplugged Zimbabwe alongside South African Music Award Winner – Shekhinah, put out an outstanding performance on both Saturday at the Harare City Library and Sunday at the Chitungwiza Peace in the Hood concert.
I was impressed with ASAPH‘s 40 minutes set on the first night of performances and also his Chitungwiza performance. Its really outstanding to see a Zim Hip Hop Artist headline one of the biggest festivals in the country and also to live up to their hype. I was worried about him performing after MoonChild on Saturday, but he showed everyone that he is really the biggest act at the moment in Zimbabwe, he was on fire
It was such an honour headlining Shoko Festival this year, it was an amazing experience and i had a good time vibing with the audiences on both days. I would like to thank the organisers and audience for coming through and making sure that everyone had a good time