State Of The Zim Hip Hop Nation Address by @plotmhako

State Of The Zim Hip Hop Nation Address by @plotmhako

On Monday after the Hip Hop Awards  the Herald published a report on the Zim Hip Hop Awards and painted a gloomy picture on the recent event. There wasn’t a lot of hype about the awards and less excitement from the winners until the piece sent shocking waves of alarm and despondency that saw several artists and enthusiasts respond. I have decided to give my opinion , to briefly break down the article said for those that didn’t read it

What it said

“ it essentially labelled the awards as a farce and described some of the attendees as broke and wanna be”, but that’s not all, it was an elaborate piece and also carried a comment from the organizer who affirmed and dismissed some parts. Well, the one I just mentioned became the basis for the backlash from hip hop heads who did not take lightly the “wanna be, broke (couldn’t afford beer) and seated like orphans” jab.
In one lengthy social media conversation I asked if the article had lied and misrepresented anything. To date no one has answered this or substantially refuted the report but simply their anger dwelt on the use of “inappropriate language”.
As the outcry was dying, some got the memo late and quickly dashed to respond. Stunner went on to do a Live video trashing both the article and name calling the writer.I find it worrisome that non of reactions dismisses the facts mentioned but the reactions are focused on semantics and choice of language.The other thing is that Stunner and others claim they heard that the writer had openly divulged to someone that he was going to trash the event well before it happened. Interestingly no one claims to have heard this apart from hearsay so I will stick to the facts of the event.I will share a video link to the event livestream. Stunner alleges that the article puts a threat to his and others’ livelihood. He further states that “You can not diss an entire genre as they standby”I have a problem with this “Touch not our anointed genre approach”. Hip hop is not for the faint-hearted. Hip hip is not for cry babies.

Are you calling a bad reflection on the awards an attack on the genre?

At the past two Zim hip hop summits the general consensus was that the genre is struggling, either from malnutrition or stunted growth. We all know what happens when something is stuck, it stinks and don’t blame the reporter for writing about the stench.
This is not the first time we have seen an unfavorable reflection on the awards and the genre itself. That is not the problem. Our worry should be, what are the true facts ? What are the challenges, how do “we”solve these problems and not be in perpetual denial.
There is a problem and it’s not the writer or the article. Yes the language might have unsettled you and others but it’s less gross as compared to some of the phrases used in the actual music.
Hip hop in Zim has been present for many years, possibly longer than in SA where it’s gone global. We have had generations of artists coming one after the other. Some blow up and blow out quickly. A few have managed to hit the national grid. A lot are not even known in their own hoods, including some of the award winners. There is a lot of great music coming out and a lot of trash too. Sadly the good music struggles to get airplay, even the streets don’t give it any ear. The genre suffers from a myriad of challenges, a lot of them connecting to the narrative generally pushed, the “wanna be” syndrome and many others. Instead more energy should be going towards pushing content, doing shows, changing the audience belief system towards the music not just through PR but content and grind driven.



We have a very close example of SA, where it takes $50 for one to get to Jozi and learn something on how they are doing it. Or simply Google.A lot of youngsters in the urban hoods in Zim listen to hip hop but not local. So one fact is: there is great thirst for hip hop already but unfortunately the local cats are failing to quench it and that’s why most artists would die for a chance to curtain raise, let alone take a selfie with Cassper, or Kwesta. This is the ugly reality glaring at you “artists”, a frightening reality that should keep you up all night not one article that is giving you a wake up call.I am not here to defend journalists, yes the media must be objective in reporting, agreed but their objectivity is nowhere close to the PR you want.
Our artists are poor, yes! That should not be seen as offensive in any way but should give a rude awakening to the artists in question.
Zimdancehall artists don’t just cry foul. They have struggles too but they are real and true to their grind and we see them hosting shows, doing medleys, touring etc. The comedy scene has grown in a phenomenal way over the past few years. They have built stars but also an economy.How about we change our attitude of entitlement and the cultic tendencies and grow a viable genre that Inspires.
Until next time …. the plot thickens Plot Mhako


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