Princo Spice jumps onto the Chihuta bandwagon


HARARE – Zimdancehall artiste Prince “Princo Spice” Tapindwa has capitalised on the Chihuta (quail) craze engulfing the country by releasing a single on the suddenly popular bird.

Princo Spice told the Daily News on Sunday that he dropped the single in line with Zimdancehall’s culture of tackling topical issues.

“You know how Zimdancehall is; we focus on trending stuff. It so happened that I was in the studio with Fantan when the Chihuta craze took hold of Zimbabwe. I then said I wanted to record a song. Fantan suggested that we do it immediately while it was still trendy,” he said.

The 19-year-old, who got into the music industry in 2011, is hopeful that the Chihuta song that was produced by Levels at Chillspot Records will thrust him into the limelight.

“I do not have an album yet, but I have over 50 singles. Some of my best songs include Hatisi Mafollowers which I did with Guspy Warrior, Kaifunga Kakangwara, Amhina Kadeya and most recently Chihuta.

“I was actually pleasantly surprised by the response it has been receiving and am hoping it will bring much-needed attention to my music. It actually got played on television news hour and on radio,” said Princo Spice.

The Dzivarasekwa-born musician credits his late father for encouraging him to venture into music.

“My father (who passed away in 2012) was a musician and he used to play with musicians like the late Leonard Dembo.

“He was a songwriter and also played the lead guitar and bass guitar as well. He actually encouraged me to get into music as it was also something that he was passionate about.

“My first studio recording was Chamba. It really appealed to the masses and it helped prop up my profile,” he remembered.

But his biggest break came in 2012 when he collaborated with Freeman on the song Nditachire.

“It was a huge stepping stone for me as Freeman was an already established name,” said Princo Spice.

The young artiste is, however, no longer associated with Freeman’s Dangerzone stable.

“I am now rebranding and my movement is called Masamurai. My style has changed. I am Dangerzone by birth but I am no longer part of the movement. I used to be in the Dangerzone (HKD) movement but due to some misunderstandings that I do not want to dwell on, I left.

“With Masamurai I am trying to uplift other young musicians. I am trying to create a legacy for myself. So far, the movement has two members that is myself and Sir Tayna,” he said.

The former protégé of Zimdancehall star Freeman said the name of his music stable was inspired by Samurai Kings.

“I used to admire the way they (Samurai Kings) would hold the swords. That is exactly how I handle music, ndikabata musambo mapanga chete (when I do my music, I draw all swords) We are still hunting for others but we want serious talent,” added Princo Spice

The ambitious youngster said his songs are inspired by a variety of situations and influences.

“I started off just attending music shows and street parties (passa passa) and I really enjoyed it. I also play the keyboard and I am in the Praise and Worship team at church. The other influence comes from my surroundings. You know how it is in the ghetto, music is the thing,” he said.

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