Holy Ten: Hope for local hip-hop

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Anesu Mirisawu

LOCAL hip-hop music has struggled to get a foothold on the market where it lives under the shadows of sungura and gospel. Of late, Zimdancheall’s arrival on the scene has further pushed hip-hop down the pecking order.
However, the emergence of Holy Ten seems to be tipping the scales back in hip-hop’s favour with his deep and hard hitting lyrics. Holy Ten cemented his ascendency after picking up two gongs at the Zimbabwe Music Awards (Zima) on Saturday evening.

He won the Best Newcomer award in a category in which he was up against Anita Jaxson, Fidel Country Boy and Herman. Holy Ten also walked away with the Best Hip-Hop gong after beating Asaph, Pro Beats and R Peels.

The two awards are just a testament of how Zimbabweans have gravitated towards his music ever since he released his breakout single Ndaremerwa last year.

The song reflects on the challenges being faced by young  Zimbabweans that are now being forced into drug abuse due to lack of employment and opportunities. Since then, the musician, whose real name is Mukudzei Chitsama, has gone on to drop more hit songs likes Ana Gamuchirai.

Saturday’s success at the Zimas also follows hard on the heels of his big night at the Zim hip-hop awards held last year. That night, Holy Ten scooped three awards ― Best Upcoming, Song of the Year and People’s Choice gongs.

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