A Minute With The Make Up Magician

So I had a chance to chat with make up artiste Vickie Kay, a Zimbabwe based lady who happens to specialize in making people look “more beautiful.” Make up usually is criticized and condemned by those who speak of natural beauty and so forth by will all know most of the views are misogynistic.

Well here is the chat we had.

Mcpotar: What is the role of make up?

Vickie: To enhance beauty ?

Mcpotar: Have you had make up change anyone’s life positively? What was her story (no names).

Vickie: Mine actually, that’s why I’m all passionate about it. Growing up I had acne problems and ’cause of that it was really hard for me to be confident considering my face was full of pimples n spots so makeup covered all that n that’s how i gained my confidence back, not that I so depend on it (lol) but that’s how it changed my life back then.

Mcpotar: What would you say is the age for one to start doing make up?

Vickie: For me I would choose puberty stage ’cause that’s when most girls suffer from acne problems and make-up would do just good at that stage.

Mcpotar:  Must people you do make up, get a retouch daily? How does it work? Or you majorly enhance them on dates and weddings?

Vickie: (lol) Makeup doesn’t really need a “retouch” it needs a total makeover. Once messed up, we’ll have to start all over again… Makeup might not be a daily thing to some, it takes an occasion to wear makeup… Well unlike me (lol) its an everyday thing ’cause I have to use my face to market myself too.

Mcpotar: Does your man get free make overs as a bonus?

Vickie: ???My man u say? Eish wish I had one… I would def offer free make-overs hahaha.

(You heard her yourselves guys. Free make overs too)

Mcpotar:  While you do your make up to market to female clients. Does your man or previous men get uncomfortable that it also markets to other men!? (In this interview we are pretending you have one V)

Vickie: Luckily no one is in a position to feel uncomfy with what I do or rather I don’t give them that privilege to even have a say in what I do.I mean it’s WHAT I DO and if it puts food on the table then they will have to chuck their feelings out of the way ha-ha I’m that heartless ’cause really its not like I’m doing it to attract “other men” I’m doing it to attract CLIENTS and I really don’t pay attention to gender when it comes to my work, so yeah.

Mcpotar: How can my girlfriend, sisters or aunts find you if they need to spruce themselves up?

Vickie: They can contact me using any of the following:

FaceBeat By Vickie Kay (Facebook) | @vee_bae_bae (Instagram) | Call +263776311338 (click to call)

Email her on vickymunyenyiwa@gmail.com

Don’t forget to share this post to support Vickie, especially if you are already a fan of her services.

 

The Music Guru Newspapers Don’t Want You To Know

What do Maskiri, Nox, Ngoni, Good Child,  Taurai Mandebvu, Trey XL and the late Amelia have in common? A lot perhaps but other than the enormous talent, esteem and star-dom they’ve all shared the same manager.

Elton Bryce.

At different times yes, in his calling as a record label executive they have worked with him. Of course you may also be aware of the immense work this man has done with Cindy Munyavi who has represented Zimbabwe internationally.

Let’s find out more about Bryce in this interview.

Bryce, how did you decide you wanted to do this music thing commercially on a full scale?

I  went to Tanzania  on one my early  music trip  and met some artist  who were making  real music  money  .It inspired  me .I have never wanted  to  be employed  by  anyone but to making  money from  my strongest  passion music.

After your Tanzanian visit, how long did it take you to be a record label executive and who were your early signees?

I  had recorded  a  demo  of  Benny’s Demo feat Cherish  Bryce  so when  I got back  to Zim I signed  them both and started  to focus  on  my label  full time. It seemed like a joke to everyone I was sharing my vision with.

Elton Bryce is well connected across Africa. Will he reveal his secret to creating great friendships across the globe or someone would need a one on one with him for a fee?

I am  always  online  researching  about what is happening  in  the  markets I have  an interest in. I spend about 12hrs on the phone or more a day. I always travel and meet people face to face. I value relationships in business. Maintain my principal and business plan .keep my circle of friends small. No one ever has to pay me a fee for some schooling of the game. Always will to help any 1 with talent and passion. I  don’t  party ,Club  or none of that I am  about  growing  and maintaining  my network. There is nothing wrong with club or partying though.

This is a very sensitive one. How did the untimely demise of Amelia affect you?

It’s still affecting she was more than an Artist she was family. We had also partnered up on her record label I was helping her set up. She was an amazing person and it’s hard to accept her passing.

We are working on her second album .The plan is to keep her legacy alive like they do for Pac and Biggie.

Are you ever coming back to rap as an artiste?

(Laughs) Too old.  No I  think  my time is done I missed so much, the game has changed  a lot but I am  working  on a  DJ kind of album.

In Zimbabwe right now who are the 3 artistes you think people shoould put their eyes on?                        

Cindy Munyavi, [I’m] biased [laughs], Gze amazing  talent , Huby Blacks.

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Now as if you’re handcuffed…. stop scrolling and put your hands together for Bryce!

If you did not yet know Elton Bryce prior to this read it may be because of his low profile. Managers tend not to be all over the television, newspapers and so forth. They facilitate that kind of stuff for the people who need it more; the artistes they manage.

It’s many times that we applaud only the artistes when endorsement deals are procured. Managers have to live with the burden of never being appreciated, in fact sometimes their artistes are coerced into leaving them, despite all efforts, teaching and investment they would have contributed.

Like parents, they at times have to see kids they raised up forget from whence they came.  Although sometimes… sometimes the children proudly say, “Thank you.”

So too appreciate this man I conducted an interview with him sometime, over a cup of coffee, he is not into alcohol and such.

If you want to receive updates on the go please follow me on @Mcpotar on twitter.

Mukoko Hit Maker Tytan Taken In For Questioning

Having stolen the hearts of many listeners across the country with his hit single Mukoko, Tytan has been a wanted man on many a list. The girls want him in their inboxes (hopefully only the singles), the corporate world wants him on their jingles, listeners want him on air, so do airlines and we, the hip-hop police finally managed to take him in for questioning.

You cannot just steal the spot light from the music industry as a whole and go Scott free.

So here is how the interrogation went. We gave 2 of our best officers the task.

Good Cop: We recently learnt that you have been selling CD’s at Spar outlets. How have the sales gone so far?

Tytan: They have been great. We’ve sold out on most stores.

Bad Cop: Of all tracks you did, why did you pick this one? Could it be that it’s attention grabbing enough to be a weapon of “mass distractions”? Handirare (I don’t sleep) sounds like you’ve been plotting some malice all night. (Threatens to add Tytan to a Zim Hip-hop broadcast list)

Tytan: I picked this record because it’s a new release, a record that I’m fully on as Tytan without any vocal or performance collaborations (thus showing my independent artistic ability), it’s a festive song (my style of music) and it’s a project I see producing great results in the year to come.

Good Cop: How long have you been in the industry. How long has it taken to monetize Tytan?

Tytan: I’ve been in the industry for 6 years. It’s taken 3 years to monetize Tytan in the industry through artist management and production work but it has taken 5 years to monetize Tytan as a musician.

Bad Cop: If you were to mentor a newbie, do you think it would take them less time. Or you regard the 6 years as essential? (With blade on Tytan’s throat)

The 6 years were very essential but relative to my life and how it panned out. I do believe that with assistance or rather, mentor-ship, we can pick the right routes to our success without stumbling over blocks we could avoided. So yes, if I was to mentor a newbie it take them less time. For example, Soul Afrika, they had been trying to break into the market for quite some time before I started managing them. They had submitted their music and all sorts but failed to get recognition til they got management.

Good Cop: What are the basic things artistes can look for when picking a good manager?

You have to look for someone who believes in you as more than you do in yourself thus having your best interests at heart.

He should know the products your selling very well, in this case, the music.

Your manager has to be well versed in strategy and contracts. He or she has to have a clear knowledge of your target market and be innovative.

He needs to be able to handle a publicity crisis whenever it surfaces.

Generally, that’s it, for a Zimbabwean manager. I do suggest you get different managers for different aspects of your career to create a well oiled machine that is the AnR, Publicist, Brand Manager, Music Manager, Road Manager, Band Manager, Artist Manager….there is a lot involved but that can only happen if you’re well-funded as a musician.


That’s it, you read it yourselves. The man is till under investigations so far the information we can give to the public is that, he is selling CDs through certain Spar Franchises and the details are in the aattached image.

Make sure to follow @Mcpotar, our Hip-hop Police Commissioner on twitter or we will plant incriminating evidence in your house and visit you with a search warrant.

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A Minute Under The Sun With Gze (With Imhandu Mp3 Link)

I like to call him the “Shona Gangsta Rapper” because he tends to mention the thrill of the hustle from a Zimbabwean-realistic perspective. I mean we’ve heard gangsta rap in Zimbabwe, but most of it has come off fake. The Southerton representative, Resilience “Gze” Chekera, seems to speak things he’s seen in his ghetto. Southerton is undoubtedly the Dirty South of Zimbabwe, if Chi-Town is Chicago.

Just a minute with the guy and while you at it open this link in a new tab to download Gze- Imhandu.


Mcpotar:
Forgive the new school for thinking you’re new, but they do. Can you Clarify when you stepped on the scene before we talk about the new offering “Imhandu”.

Gze: I rocked with a lot of crews in the Hood coming up.most notable was with Trinity around 2005 we put out an undisputed classic titled ini iye naye which carried hits like Jesa, Wadiwa with the Tuku guitar sample and Nditore which was rock n’ roll , something that was abstract so yeah I’ve always had a niche for pushing the envelope.

Mcpotar: You are quite popular for ghetto hustler songs, from Made It, Yzia, John Bhuru and recently Imhandu. Do you have songs that aren’t about the street in the coming Mixtape?

Gze: The mixtape Hustle-Mania is themed around the struggle to make earns in this rough tough and gritty city where the economy is deteriorating and unemployment is at it’s optimum high and the majority is forced to make money informally and the informal sector is basically the streets so it’s only natural that most joints depict what the streets taste feel and smell like. The joys and the grief. My music is a soundtrack of what that lifestyle on the streets is like but yeah there are other songs that speak on other things globally and personally. It’s my wish to display to that listeners that hip hop is not dumb and ignorant music but well thought out and intricate literature inspired by real life.

Mcpotar: So when did you write imhandu and tell us about the creation process till it was released.

Gze: I wrote it late last year we was coming from radio wit j brown dipped through a studio in Southerton, Take 5 (Take Fizzo) happened to be there work in on a project with Vito and I asked him to flip some beats and that’s that first one that came on.I just knew it was that one and I told him that’s it he don’t gotta play another beat. We set up a date for a session I went home to sharpen my daggers and two days later we had this jewel which is now the phenomenal imhandu.

Mcpotar: So what does Gze do besides music, as Resilience Chekera?

Gze: Principally I’m an entrepreneur Lol.that’s az much as I can say

Mcpotar: Thank you for your time, we await Hustle-Mania. Let’s make History.

Gze: Cheers bro!

 

Interview: Gigi Lamayne Tells Us How It Feels To Dominate (@Gigi_Lamayne)

I managed to link up with four-time South African Hip-hop Award winning female artiste Gigi Lamayne. I also got to learn that she also is a University of Witwatersrand (WITS) Dean’s list student. So I guess it’s  bars, beauty and brains. The more reason I decided to talk to her about her career.

The Queen has once again been nominated for Best Collabo for the Ice Cream remix which features Khuli Chana at SA Hip-hop Awards.

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Mcpotar: How does it feel to be dominating in a male dominated genre?

Gigi Lamayne:  “It’s a great feeling because females are making their voices heard and making their presence felt. Now it’s all about skills and talent, not gender. Although we cannot ignore the fact there are a countable mount of females in the game, we have made progress. It’s still going to get more exciting for marginalized communities.”

 

Mcpotar: Which countries have you performed in so far? When will you be coming to give your Zimbabwean fans a treat?

Gigi Lamayne: “I’ve performed in South Africa obviously, Swaziland and Zambia. I’m ready to perform in Zimbabwe anytime, I hope the promoters are reading this.LOL.”

Mcpotar: Who was the first person you called this year when you heard you got nominated for the awards?

 Gigi Lamayne: “I was with my mom at the nominees announcement, so I called my crew. They are as good as family to me. We share the same dream and passion. If I win then they win too. End of story.

Mcpotar: If you were to perform with anyone on the international scene who would you pick?

Gigi Lamayne: “Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar and Eminem.”

 

Mcpotar: What is Gigi Lamayne’s dress code like off camera?

Gigi Lamayne: “My dress code off camera is dictated by the mood and weather, but it’s always classy. I am eccentric and would definitely like to look at myself as The Trend setter. You can’t compare my style nor my look. I’m in my own lane in every single way.”

 

Mcpotar: Would you say women are now getting the respect they deserve in entertainment?

Gigi Lamayne: “Artists are respected for their talent and conduct, not for their gender. As we  put work into the industry and into our crafts, we slowly begin to create lanes which can run in against our male counterparts. ”

 

Mcpotar: What advice would you give other unsigned artistes, who have been pressing for breakthroughs?

Gigi Lamayne: “Keep pushing. Practice everyday. Invest in your artform. Grow your brand, and learn the business side of the music industry. We can never know enough about how we should be conducting our brands in such a dynamic and fluid industry. ”

There you have it, Gigi Lamayne, a risning queen of African Hip-hop. She needs your votyes at this years edition of the South African Hip-hop Awards. You can visit the website sahiphopawards.com to vote online or type Sahhas + BC + Gigi LaMayne, then send an SMS to 33110. The SMS costs R1.50 and you can vote as many times as you can.

Remember to follow me on @Mcpotar for updates on the go, with what is happening in Hip-hop.

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‘My art is for sale,but I guarantee you, attention is hardly the buying currency'(@meyniak_artist)

A candid interview as Meyniak opens up on why he defies the need to rap in vernacular,his defining working moments with McZee and what his 2014 album Before Dawn:The Sire really means to him

11214355_871891729571361_3710114186116995336_nThe past three years have been quite bliss for hip hop as  artistes have taken the stride from being one track rappers to pushing their art into delivering  albums to the masses.Also making his mark amongst those who have made albums is rapper Meyniak in the form of his  2014 release  entitled Before Dawn:The Sire.Flashback from the Now Or Never times(one of the first few tracks he did produced by McZee) to present day Skebede , Meyniak has been proving  for quite some time that he is  more than just a regular rapper.He is a very deep and analytical thinker compared to most of the rappers of his generation who lose their audience in their failure to translate their intelligence into a palatable musical meal to digest easily.There are times his wordplay may lose you(X and O’s)but overally his brilliance and reflections all coated up in an album will surely impress you.

I first took heed of this rapper ,a year into my A level’s ‘The Miss Pearly ‘days’ and in those times I must admit I registered he was whiling up time and trying to get  St Dominic’s girls easily in the form of being a  high school rap god(it worked though ana nhingi nana nhingi). Three years later his aggression to carve his musical strengths has been nothing short of amazing with  lyrical footprints that boasts of features with Sharky,Dj Krimz productions and Mczee to name but just a few .You see,Meyniak is goal oriented-far from being a rapper who is grinding to stay the same,almost could pass of  as a musical  perfectionist in any one’s books , quite level headed when it comes to  who and how his art is managed and the hunger to do better even when he has achieved better makes him one of the focused rising  lyrical emblems to grace the industry .I caught up with the rising artiste and this is what we discussed.

Mimy: You have become a force to keep watch among the new  upcoming rappers and the genesis of your debut album saw cats taking you seriously and giving you the much needed ear you have been sweating for. Walk us through the process of finding yourself as an artist and when you realized you wanted to share your musical gift beyond being a bedroom rapper?

Meyniak: Being involved in music has opened several significant avenues for me which have established some constructive relationships. I cannot imagine not being part of the genre i.e. rap either with me being behind the mic or giving my two senses on the production side. However it only became an option for me as a result of enjoying poetry, but mainly for the reason that I feel I am still a bit terrible when it comes to my singing abilities. I am still not sure whether taking credit for the art I create is the best option given some of the boxes and stereotypes that my creative space has to, at times, work in. I am, however still grateful to the people who have in some way helped made this part of my creative, reach where it is now, so it is ultimately difficult for me to agree with I “want to share”. From where I stand, call it what you want, I am lettering my journal and that release from my thoughts to that pad is satisfactory enough. I also believe the ‘cats’ you noted, whoever they may be, have become, whether they like it or not part of the story I am yet to continue writing. Sweating?(chuckles) I would not put it in those words, my art could be for ‘sale’ but I guarantee you, ‘attention’ is hardly the buying currency. The idea, on the other hand, of reaching a status of being an inspiration and shifting culture is an attractive alternative so in that context I could say there are some rewards that come with exploring the art, outside of my comfort zone, that I am focused on other than a couple of individuals’ thumbs up. Not saying it is not awesomely flattering but, I do this for especially the people who know me outside of the kicks and snares.

Mimy:How do you describe your sound?What can the audience expect always on a Meyniak production?

Meyniak:Growth is an important motive for me to write because, with growth comes change. Similarly, producing what is expected removes the element of surprise which, in my view, is derailing oneself because surprise gives any product, brand or artist competitive edge. The ‘Weirdo’ (to whom you refer to as audience, I am glad you did not refer to them as fans) understand that the constant in my music is the dark aura, depressive energy amongst other things. Redefining myself is always the first priority and production is extremely important for me. Any producer or artist I have worked should know I am an aggressive and competitive person so it only feels right to say that everything that I create should exhaust every possibility of making a superior product I could possibly make within the circumstances. All my energy and focus is channeled towards creating a statement, a definitive chapter, a ‘formula’ that I hope some years from now some soul can develop and help make this a much more bizarre and weirder world.“…me I study the shows, the fans, study their hearts…” is that not wisdom being given almost for free by Jermaine? I believe my worth is in my honesty and sincerity. A large portion of the society I grew up in and still in is going through similar challenges and I feel blessed that I am not ashamed to show my vulnerability because honestly that is also my strength. I would rather be respected for my heart to heart ‘Mai Chisamba’ conversations on records than be praised for sub-standard sacrificed art. Oh…by the way was getting a bit too excited…my sound right? In one word WeiRd and we can only get WEirDeR!! A couple of other things too influence the sound, among them depression and a couple legion… but I am not going to address that in this article.

Mimy:Humble Beginnings:  the mix-tape,from my perspective is simply you flexing your rap muscles and trying as best as you can to prepare your audience for an album. How did this mix-tape play a part in moulding you as an artist ready for the hip hop market?

Meyniak:The mix-tape was definitely me and McZee giving each other a ‘see you later’ gift. Dude was leaving to study abroad so left with only about a month we worked on the project. The Weirdo had not really had a solid project from me so it was kind of something for them as well, you know… In any market, investors and partners like to engage in commitments that usually have sustainability so the mix-tape definitely aided my mileage when it came to trying to get the respect of some producers and create affiliations. I remember walking into G Records handing in the ONLY copy I had of my CD, which looked like a Demo to be completely honest and telling G and Klasiq that I wanted to work with them. Looking back, I can see the superego I had, I mean I doubt these guys were even signing up artists. Anyway, the mix-tape was more of a simple ‘1 + 1’ math problem in class however, doing the album was a leap from that to quadratic equations. The need to also consider the team I had signed a contract with was new to me and I must say difficult coming from an indie environment. But we managed. And no, I do not think the Weirdo could fathom how the album was going to turn out like, the sounds are different, the album is more mature, more refined and more accurate when it comes to execution of concepts. Probably because of the lengths taken and the place I took myself before embarking on the project and constant echoes that lingered in my creative atmosphere. The mix-tape was cool…everything considered.

Mimy: From simply being an underdog three years ago to climbing a milestone of making and marketing an album do you think you have pushed yourself to the level of considering your music as mainstream rap or you are still building your empire one verse at a time?

Meyniak:I am nowhere in comparison to where I want to be, but I won’t describe where I am as a failure. Great Zimbabwe was not built in a day, or maybe it was? Hameno, ndichabvunza Soko Matemai point is I am not really concentrating on what I have done because of the simple fact that, it is DONE. I try to keep myself in check, it is all about shifting gears pumping the gas hitting the clutch I am on a mission I could never get enough. I do not know whether my art is mainstream, I think the Djs would know better, and from what I have seen it may not be. Still that does not worry me mate, radio is cool but when I am on that something foot by something foot stage I am with god. My spirit is in alignment with not only the universe but with other people in that space, in that moment. And that is the most important time, few of the liberating moments I have on this forsaken sub-Saharan land. I mean, the Djs play what they feel is relevant, which is subjective to their opinions, power to them, but when the Weirdo come out for that Can You Kick It show, or a Book Café event to witness me, how can that even compare to a spin? I appreciate the push radio gives to artists, myself not included in the ‘lucky’ bunch yet, but I LOVE the Weirdo. Period. I feel a legacy is at hand, my ‘footprint’ on the side bench while others fight for the side walk.

 

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Mimy:You have worked with some of the upcoming hungriest producers of this decade Zimbabwean hip hop wise and amongst those includes McZee(Tinotenda Machida) whom you have worked with on many projects for quite some time. How has the experience been, working with someone hungry  and aggressive to achieve better as you?

Meyniak: That kid is just in another league…he demands excellence, he creates ‘pyramids and aeroplanes’ when folk of the same age still trying to figure out how to nae nae. I am blessed. He, along with other producers I have had the pleasure to work with, provided a more contemporary canvas for the colours I had to show. It has been an honour to partner with McZee on projects, being the guy who actively introduced me to the genre, gave me my first mix-tape to listen to back when we used cassettes and would give me my first mix-tape and be part of the beat makers for my album how can the journey be anything short of amazing? We the few remaining active artists of our group Hudboi Entertainment so we have been through a roller-coaster 10 year friendship, from the hustles of getting kombi fare to get to his house and back, having to be in boarding house in different schools, ZESA doing numbers when we eventually got the time to get into the studio for that one month of school vacation. I can confidently say it is much easier for him to understand me at times and how I would want things done without having to go the excruciating pain of constant explanation and illustrations.

MimyBefore Dawn: The Sire from my leverable hearing experience  is a musical jungle clogged with dynamic lyricism that takes the audience from an afro endorsed  Jungle Bred to Fireworks that takes us on an emotional found journey of infatuation versus love .Free from any critics, how best can you describe the album through your ears ?

Meyniak: Wow, you think it is all that? That is some description on its own right there Mimy compared to what I have. I think I would have just described it as part of my collection of journals. The album is split into two parts (sets) with an interlinking part (intersection). The album in simple carries two main themes which are the dark, cryptic side of the album (Before Dawn) taken from obviously just before the sun rises which happens to be arguably the darkest time. The other side carries the confident aggressive energy, self-worth, proud, with some wittiness as well (The Sire) taken from the attributes of a king, which is a synonym of a sire. The album also has tracks which have a little bit of both, as kings were expected to have wisdom, mystical energy (especially in the native African context) and also rule with authority. So concepts of the album are based on those themes…not revealing everything but you should know there are other sub-themes as well.

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Mimy: There are various emotions and sentiments shared within the album that differ from one another as they trancede to the last track.Take us on the emotions that guided the album and what key inspirations led to the differentiation of every track? 

Meyniak:I am inspired by everything and anything. It may sound a cliché but those who have sat down with me for chats know what I am talking about. I am not afraid to feel, because it is in those moments that I am able to create, hence I absorb as much as I can. I will go through a few tracks at random on the album, starting with ‘Grey Twilight’. I wanted that serene, calm energy, similar to what you might experience when watching the sunset or listening to the ocean collide with shore rocks. The song “Jesa” by Trinity was also key in taking me to the right place. It describes the heart-breaking situation of star crossed lovers. ‘X and Os’ I mainly wanted to address relationship/love, sex, ‘immorality’ or rather the context in which it is understood. The only thing I would like to give away about this song is a breakdown of the title, those who have listened can then evaluate because I feel up until this point a few, if any, understood. There is X n O which is given meaning by the game hence illustrating the players in relationships, X n O from the shorthand form hugs and kisses, Ex and whores. That is all I will talk about, but I promise there is more word play. Fireworks is more of a reply ‘letter’ I wrote for a friend of mine. People usually neglect the constants of their life. An assumption that these things or people will always be there sometimes comes across as taking them for granted. I was simply trying to appreciate the person looking at the challenges and uplifting moments in any relationship, hence the words “…beautiful war in the sky…” P.D.R which stands for Pride Determination Resilience was inspired by the movie Pride (2007). The title of the track was also derived from the initials of the Philadelphia Department of Recreation which operated a dilapidated recreation centre. An interesting fact is that the movie is also adapted from a true story. My interpretation of the movie was how an African American swimming team battled with racism. The song then has its foundation on trying to eliminate discrimination in many social aspects, in an African setting, including religion hence the words ‘…is it candles or angels in the sky?…’ with candles representing stars, that is basically a statement asking whether the world is scientific or religious. “…open your mind when need the truth behind the church there is a tomb…” besides the literal meaning of most Anglican and Catholic Churches having graves or cremated people, the other meaning is how sad it is how some Christians would condemn other religions e.g. Jihads by Islam, when we have the Dark Age period. I felt the need to address other socio-political issues in the song and ‘Angels’ as well.

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Mimy:In these times when hip hop within Zimbabwe is growing and appealing better to a mass that seems to appreciate vernacular rap more than English rhymes, the album sees you adjusting to a few vernacular undertones but the rest of the album is in English. Qouting one line from your verse on The Sire ”…who that asking why don’t I rap in vernac.Cause I can and I wont” hasn’t the vernacular bug beaten you yet or you lyrically still playing stubborn with your suburban rhymes?

Meyniak:I understand that a lot of artists would like to claim that they are representing their roots because they use vernacular language, which I won’t protest to, however if anyone feels I should be given credit but won’t give me because I choose to use English then power to you mate, remember ignorance is bliss. I feel language is a means, beautiful even, of communication, but it is not the only one. I listen to tonnes of music from different languages some of which I do not understand. I had to Google to know what ‘Loliwe’ means, that Zahara song, but the fact is I had already been moved. Emotion is what attaches people to music, that is why even the ‘crappiest’ mp3 song could be a masterpiece if given the appropriate emotion on stage. I will use the language that appeals to me in faith I have done it so well it will appeal to someone else. I have been blessed with the education, with education comes power, with power comes choice and I choose to rap in the manner that comes natural to me. Besides I do give them some vernacular, it might just not be me saying it(chuckles)

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Mimy:On the album you worked with various producers , from the trap god McZee to the deejay cum producer Krimz to G records affiliates Gwagz and Klasiq. How was your working experience with such diverse vessels of talent and how did their sounds aid in giving your lyrical ideas a voice? 

Meyniak: Every single producer that I had on the album had their own idea of who I was when I was making the project. Their interpretation of my capabilities may not have been a complete summation of what I wanted for the whole project but, those building blocks from everyone made the project what it is. I had MclyneBeats who is usually comfortable with Bangerz come through and spice up the project, I had already developed a good relationship with him as we had worked on other projects as well. Boy Tricky made it very conducive to work, he listens and the alignment of conceptualization when we made Angels and Jungle Bred was incredible.

The detail we had to put on the instrument to create a melting pot of intricate sound yet simple to the ordinary ear is mind-blowing. McZee and Fun_f are really talented producers, the beats that made it to the album were different to what I normally hear in local Hip Hop circles, Big up to them! KrimzBeats is insane. Between him and Gwagz I do not know who I fought with the more about production. These guys elevate and push me to become sharper. It was an amazing experience working with the two gentlemen, Gwagz produced a sequel of a record I had done and we put it on a compilation album for 2013. On the album we made another masterpiece, one of my personal favourites. Klasiq also helped me progress, guy was with me almost every time I was in the recording studio creating two of my favourites on the album. Geez the experience was overwhelming, almost 8 months working on it. Credit also goes out to the special ears that came through to the booth for a listen so they can chip in some input. Amazing!

Mimy: Ciya steals a whole lot of features on the album compared to other featured artists.How did your ideas compliment each other and how was the experience of working with an RnB voice?

Meyniak:Ciya  has a special voice. Before the album, I had met him about a couple of months before, once, at the University of Zimbabwe through a friend. I hit him up when the project was commencing and we made the first single for the album, P.D.R. Well he is down to earth so it is not difficult to work with the chap when a good concept is on the table. And I won’t deny that I am not the easiest guy to work with, but Ciya makes it easy to cut a record, he has the passion and talent.

Mimy:What future projects and business ideas can we expect for the coming years ?

Meyniak:Well I could make the cut for a compilation project which is likely to be released this year, so look out for that. As for individual projects, well, let us starting looking at 2017. I been working however, with a lot of young talent on guest appearances on projects, and a couple of tracks out already and more are coming hopefully slick videos as well. I am mainly focusing on engaging with Weirdo more directly so shows are the top priority right now to hear any NEW music. I am hoping to acquire knowledge which directly and indirectly influences the music, so you might see me involved in a lot fashion, film, modelling events…etc.

Meyniak dropped a track recently called Jeso produced by Fun F.If you haven’t checked it out do take a listen.For more of his music do visit www.meyniak.bandcamp.com.Follow him on twitter @meyniak_artist.

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