Chitungwiza-born hip-hop artist Marshall “Sharky” Muchenje is finally releasing his debut studio album this winter. The announcement was made via a tweet and a Facebook status update. After dropping a string of singles and blessing numerous songs with stellar guest verses, it’s only right that the boy who reps the monkey totem finally delivers a full length project to the people who have been following his journey since he started out rapping professionally in 2013.
This announcement was made on the 25th of May 2016, a day before Sharky was scheduled to leave for Senegal to perform at the Festa2H in Dakar. Festah2H is one of the biggest hip hop festivals in West Africa bringing together international artists from Senegal, France, USA, Mauritania, Spain, Germany, Gambia, Belgium, Guinea Bissau, Ghana, Mali, Canada, and Sweden and more countries including Zimbabwe which was represented by Sharky. This trip was facilitated by Magamba Network, the team behind satiric comedy outfit Zambezi News and Shoko Festival among other urban culture initiatives. He returned to Zimbabwe on the 30th of May to carry on with preparations for his album launch. On his experience in Dakar, Sharky says “I really felt at home in a place where hip-hop is respected so much and where the people actually live the culture. My performance was fun, they really showed me love even though they didn’t even understand Shona but they all seemed to enjoy themselves. I really hope to do more international performances, it really opened up my eyes and widened the scope of my ambition.”
When trying to decide what name to give this project, Sharky took to Twitter and Facebook and asked people to help him out. “Soko Matemai” came out tops on all the suggestions. The title track for the album happens to have Sharky’s one and only music video so far. The video was aired on DSTV on Zambezi Magic’s “Zim Top 10” music chart show for over 6 weeks, even topping the chart for 3 weeks straight and has also been aired on ZBC TV. The debut release will be backed by Yolanda Candice, Jonathan, KeithTheArtist, and Dj Krimz Beatz among others.
The track list for “Soko Matemai” hasn’t been revealed as yet.
The album is to be launched at Moto Republik on the 25th of June. Tickets are on sale at the following points:
Moto Republik, 3 Allan Wilson Avenue, Greater Avenues Area (Off Mazowe Street, Close to Parirenyatwa Hospital)
Robin House, 3rd Floor, Room 42
The Mobile Lab, Noczim Building
Or get in touch with either Nobuhle +263772 338 084 or Miss Mona +263774 329 708.