King 98, the future of Zim Hip Hop

King 98 and Davido ZIMETRO
King 98 and Davido ZIMETRO

Tawanda Marwizi

Zimbabwean young rapper King 98 continues to charm foreign artistes who are asking for collaborations both in the studio and on stage.

King 98, real name Ngonidzashe Dondo, came on the music scene last year with his album “Francesca” that featured revered musicians such as Nigerian star Davido and South African rapper Nasty C.

In Zimbabwe he has collaborations with EX Q.

While several artistes take a manager’s role for granted in Zimbabwe, the young musician has hired the services of Nigerian entertainment guru Sam Olofofo Frank, South Africa’s Faith Siphoro and DJ Simz as part of his management.

He has performed at different festivals that include Castle Lite Zambia, Castle Lite Mozambique, Lavyson tour Pretoria, Durban, Bloemfontein and Johannesburg.

On December 21, a massive gig featuring Nasty C, Gemini Major, Tellaman, Rowlene has been lined up and local artistes TiGonzi, Stunner, Takura, DJ Silence Dosh, Kikky Badass, Union 5 and Raydizz are set to spice up the event.

“Since I released my album there are a lot of projects I am working on with different artistes. Music needs complementing each other so that we penetrate on different markets,” he said.

Several artistes in Zimbabwe have not been taking a serious business approach making their life difficult to make it on the international scene.

“I think studying music and arts has capacitated me because whilst we have the talent we need to complement it with business minds. Music is business,” he said.

Last week,  the young rapper received Nasty C to promote their upcoming show that will be held in Zimbabwe.

“There are several things we doing to promote the upcoming event. It is big because we are now be able to share stage with big names in the Hiphop industry. Things are taking shape for the genre that has been considered useless,” he said.

He is now focusing on developing the genre, and make it appealing beyond boarders.

“We need to develop the genre so that it appeals beyond boarders,” he said.



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