Good question… until a few weeks ago i just knew about Zambia, that it is somewhere in the south of the African continent and that the capital is the city of Lusaka. I had the opportunity to get to know an extraordinary radio host from Zambia, Atience from HOT 877 FM, who told me a bit about Zambian Hip Hop and so i became curious about Zambian Hip Hop. After I already learned something about Tanzanian Bongo Flavour, a few years ago in my own Hip Hop Radioshow Hip Hop Culture, i wanted to dig a bit deeper…
So i checked the Internet and found this 2013 published list of Top 10 Hip Hop Emcees/Crews ("ZAMBIA’S 10 HOTTEST EMCEES FOR 2013 SO FAR" by Zed Hip Hop Journal)… after listening to 2-3 artists and their music, not always understanding what they are rapping about - since they mixeenglish with different Zambian languages, depending on where they come from, i got that idea, to use this list and post then chosen songs of those crews/emcess, that are mentioned in that list…
So - let`s start…
Number 10 on the list, but the first one to be presented is Klappa Heiz …
Klappa Heiz featuring Chef 187 - Ntoloma
… next is Jay Rox aka Roxa… and I really like this one - having a real cool vibe and a great visual too!
Jay Rox featuring Ikko Ace - Kazizi
… let`s move on - from a fresh underground track to a more commercial approach by an emcee called Rec Rymer. Seems like Auto-Tune is still BIG in Zambia…
Rec Rymer & Chulu Ackres - Moved On
… I have to admit, i don`t like Auto-Tune too much, but Rec Rymer has definitely some rhyiming skills. Anyway, let`s get back to some harder styles, explicit lyrics and a great visual. The next artist is called Bobby East…
Bobby East - Stopilla Sunzu
… music of the next artist is not so easy to find, since he has a very “general” name for an emcee, called The Lyricist. Now google that! Anyway, i checked the above mentioned Top 10-List, where they mention a special song called “Namayo”, featuring a female singer called Maureen Lupo Lilanda. It turns out to be a really beautiful song with a female singer having a strong voice. There is no video - but the song appears on the Soundcloud-Site of Maureen Lilanda.
… next one i was not sure about it`s really him, mentioned in that Top 10-List. The name of the MC is Kai and is member of a crew called Juggernaut. Well - i found a few songs of him and if i wouldn`t know better, i would say he is from the US! Anyway - no videos - but a Artist-Facebook page and a profile on Reverbnation. I chose a really cool song called “So easy”, having a fresh and catchy vibe…
The next artist called Stevo is said to be a very aggressive MC. So - let`s check for something aggressive…
Stevo - Nilipamutunda
While looking for the above mentioned videos and artists i noticed, that the next artist was mentioned quite often: Chef 187. So i was curious to listen to some of his music and - WOW - there is this track, almost just in zambian language called Bemba (i beg your pardon if it is not!)… Breat Beat! Grat Voice! And even though i don`t understand him, i feel him having a great flow! By the way - he is number 3 on our Top 10-List!
Chef 187 featuring Brasco - Sitiliti Music
Let`s move on to an artist who knows about hip hop history. This MC is called Holstar and presents on “Past, Present and Future” a little insight in his Hip Hop-education on a real nice and fresh Boombap-Beat. Really cool.
Holstar - Past, Present and Future
…and here we are - featuring Number 1 of the Top 10-List of Zambian Hip Hop artists of 2013. It`s Mag 44 - said to be able to rap in rap in 3 of the most spoken language: English, Bemba and Nyanja and combining his lyrics with bible verses…
Mag44 Ft. Pompi & Kenny Roc - Vichani
Hope you liked this little journey into the world of Zambian Hip Hop… Guess i will dig even deeper and surely present some more of certain artists here on my blog.
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