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.

ASAPH headlined this year’s Shoko Festival with South Africa’s Gqom Act, MoonChild Sanelly. Earlier on Saturday, he spoke at the Zimbabwe Hip Hop Summit on the importance of branding and management for artists. On the panel, he was with Former SA Hip Hop Magazine Editor and other Zimbabwean Hip Hop personnels. Later on he closed the night concert with a high energy performance which he put up soon after MoonChild Sanelly’s performance.
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
– Marcus Kumbi tweeted.
The Chitungwiza concert was well attended, with thousands of people coming through to the Peace in the Hood concert, which featured the headliners alongside acts such as Tammy, Insomnia and Jibilika Dancers, amongst many other artists.
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
– expressed ASAPH.