Sharky:Zimbabwe’s hip hop new blueprint

10984082_414387852041717_9001232497619201385_nFrom the King Pin era to the Munetsi reign to the Syn City days to the days when we persecuted Stunner for being too urban groovy to be classified a rapper  to the new class of trap and noisy emcees, hip hop in Zimbabwe has indeed brewed and matured into an admirable force yet to impress the world.The movement has changed and its only those who have an aggressive mass of talent  that have managed to set the the bar and  those hungry enough to growl who have  raised the bar to further milestones.Truth of the matter is,the beauty of hip hop within Zimbabwean borders has always faced an ugly pimple of being too westernized and lacking an original Zimbabwean feel although some have obviously argued with the idea of unwesternising the sound since it is already a borrowed vessel.But  Chitungwiza bred emcee, Sharky whose admirable talent should be a cause for alarm to every rookie emcee and the giants before him, has created a distinct hip hop sound that is youthful in nature but still remains true to its roots.He is young and fiercely hungry and what separates him from the new emcees  is that his fans can relate to him:just a young man coming out of the dusty streets of Chitungwiza and being focused enough to better himself with each coming year.Any person can relate to growing up without a father figure(Soko Matemai) and anyone can relate to the situational crisis Zimbabwe is facing in confines of selfish leaders and corruption(Izvo Ka).It’s clear that Sharky has demystified himself from being not just a mediocre studio rapper only out to chance a few pennies and a little endearing stardom ye muraini but he is out to win and to come out as the best next act to be baked out of Zimbabwe.For a rather averagely heighted person his persona is big,big enough to get a crowd jumping up and down screaming his A.K.A with so much vibrant energy.

To be frank,I only got to appreciate this 21 year old rap genius few months back after years of classifying him as a mere chancer.Yes,you read correct.Just a mere chancer and I’m sure there are still others out there who think his act is a mere facade and minutes away from fading.I first heard him feature on Big Shot’s Savage’s  Ndere Mahara and I remember being impressed by his wit .When I asked around his age range quickly discouraged me into hyping him up quick.To me ,at that point he  was just another class act rapping to get girls and to show off to his mates with a whatsapp audio.’He wont surpass 3 features and he will quickly disappear into thin air’, I had told other people who were quick to embrace his music.Chitungwiza, his feature on The Summer Is Ours ,an ode to his hometown  was a lyrical barricade but I still thought he was taking an easy route to his hall of fame by heralding himself with a song literally based with where he grew up,”taking a Jay Z stand”I had called it.Manga Matii  which came next produced by Ikonik Music’s  Dj Krimz caught my attention with an electro sound beat backed up with his traditional congested chorus.It was his public statement,as if he knew months later people would really start taking him seriously. Not until I got Yohwe did I remove my doubting mask and  realize that this young lad was going to be the next big thing if his talent was wavered in the right direction and with the right people of management.2015,Sharky has proved that he indeed is a new blueprint and bar setter to the hip hop scenario.You see,Sharky is admirably a dreamchaser and has managed to instill in himself the greatest hip hop tools any rookie emcee should copy down and paste up in their road to getting success.I have always had a problem with  rap cats who don’t create an image to their artistry.For me that has always been like paying for a stripper with clothes on,plain BROAD DAY ROBBING.You can never separate being a hip hop artist with branding an image and you can never put being an artist and  being ordinary in the same damn line.The most terrible sin new cats are prone to is staying ordinary and performing in an ordinary stance.Hip hop is a culture and in every culture there are trends to be enforced and that includes creating an image that other artists and the fans  can relate to( like what Trae Yung has done).Sharky hasn’t disappointed in that area.He has managed to create two sets of egos:being Marshall, the ordinary young man and being Sharky the rising emcee fully beaded with an african attired ensemble that resemble his sound  with an outstanding stage presence for a guy his age.

His most prominent single as yet has to be Gwags produced  ‘Soko Matemai’,a unconceiding cry to his ancestors to grant him knowledge and the way to his life’s desires,a very odd thing to reference midzimu in this Christian age and  within a genre such as rap but he owns his track leading his listeners into his life’s intimate yet uncomfortable situations like not making it to university due to financial constraints,growing up without a father figure and welling himself in alcohol to desensitize himself from the world’s pain .Sharky,at just 21 has managed to do what his seniors are still yet to achieve playing a part in the hip hop online show Zaangoma alongside Michael Mupotaringa and Tadiwa Chimbodza and also being the brand ambassador for Zim Son clothing.Just last year he had shows that he was backing up for Tehn Diamond.After the buzz that the Incredible mUnetsi had passed him the Chitungwiza torch,Sharky has shown an outstanding level of maturity musically,getting better with every track or task that is thrown at him.Lyrically his wit is above impressive with a wordplay that will surely make him stand amongst the best spitters Zimbabwe will ever produce in years to come.He knows how to own a crowd,he knows how to better a track from his previous  ones and he knows the true artistry behind owning yourself as a brand,by not being just as an ordinary rapper but a fully fledged army of art.

My doubting Thomas days are over.If you  are reading this, its definitely not too late to take a listen to this young emcee.All that is left now is for him to produce an album or mixtape that will prude him against other notable rap albums produced in this decade.Sharky has mastered his image and his sound.He has also learnt  fully to interact with his fan base whether during a live performance or on social networks,taking feedback and comments that have inclined him to better his art .Whether he remains a ticking phase yet to be inflated for some,Sharky is a new act to take heed off and a bar setter for the year 2015.As he continues to grow and perfect himself as an artist, I would like to reference him as  Zim ‘hip hop’s  new blueprint’:HIP HOP’S GUIDE/PLAN ON HOW THINGS ARE SUPPOSED TO BE DONE.

 

 

 

Meet the new hottest femcee on the mic,Icy Murda

…and  why she is 50 shades of KILL

       Hip hop from its distinct roots has always been a male dominated  culture with a few females who found their way into the movement being termed ruffnecks.  From its growth till now women are still yet to stand out against their male rap counterparts in terms of flows and style.My brother always said that the easiest job in the world was being a female rapper:all you needed was a dope beat and to go naked on the videos.But i still feel that  is not true.Female rappers more than anyone have to put in twice as much hard work to stand out.This can be noted   in the feisty 22 year old Icy Murda who came first  last year on Prometheus Zim Rap Cities.She is gangsta,she knows 10922724_810063579062421_4315806994984108778_nwhat she wants and she wont stop until she gets straight to the top.Born in the city of Kings and Queens ,Icy Murda is definitely one queen to watch.Very humbe and goal driven Icy Murda has put out a great number of works ,the recent  one being’ Put it on repeat’ featuring the young rising  emcee Baller Mandizha.The song has been receiving vast airplay on the radio stations therefore putting her on the  Zimbabwe hip hop map as an undeniable force to reckon with.She might be new but she is definitely one act to watch for the year 2015.I caught up with her to discuss her career as of late,music in S.A and her future projects for the year 2015.

 

MIMY:Why Icy Murda?What was  the inspiration behind your stage name and where are you originally from ?

ICY MURDA:Well Icy(cold)Murda(derived from murder) came about funny actually.I was a participant in the school of Arts Club where people would randomly showcase their talents.When ever I was about to drop something,my click would be like ‘Its about to be cold blooded murder on the beat yall’ and hence somebody yelled out ‘Icy Murda.Thats how i got the a.ka.I was born in Bulawayo and only moved to S.A six years ago.

MIMY:  When did you realize you weren’t just an ordinary girl and you wanted to rap?

ICY MURDA:When I was 8-10 years of age.I was into poetry inspired hip hop, mainly because my brothers listened to it and I also did.

MIMY:How do you describe your musical style?

ICY MURDA:Well,conscious rap,though I’m feeling like I should break out of the cocoon and blossom into mainstream touch to it.

MIMY:Where do you stem your biggest musical influences from?

ICY MURDA:Well that would be Nas especially the STILLMATIC album and BIG tracks like Juicy.Mainly its old skool rap for me because back then that was music and it was hard core.As for femcees I’d say Foxxy Brown,Lil Kim and Da Brat.

MIMY:Me being judgemental,It  has always seemed that any girl with an attitude thinks they can produce magic on the mic.What defines you as a female rapper and what sets you apart from other Zimbabwean female emcees?

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ICY MURDA:Well,what distinguishes me from everybody else ,I feel is the gangsta in me.I like to keep that ‘lets take it to the streets feel’.I appreciate the ghetto because that’s what made me and I have no regret whatsoever of who I have become.Instead of picturing the colour of my music as feminine pink,I see it as black if it could be a painting.

MIMY: Do you think female emcees are being slept on or they are sleeping on the game ?

ICY MURDA: I have nothing but respect no doubt for every female rapper around.I would like rather for us to be able to create an atmosphere whereby we support each other and only by that we can be something big and better and a force to reckon with.

MIMY: Judging from being one of the upcoming femcees who do you feel is queen of the mic at the moment?

ICY MURDA:I cant really tell because I’m not one of the spectators. I’m a ‘doer’ hence rather let those that pay attention to hip hop speak for themselves.

MIMY:You are now based in S.A .How has the change influenced your career?

ICY MURDA: Being in SA, my career has been boosted spiritually,mentally and even physically,simply meaning I have a hip hop surrounding that’s extremely influential.And that kind of phenomenon gives you courage as an upcoming artist.And physically,lets just umbrella term it to me discovering the ‘Icy Murda’ image,just like my name it’s not entirely supposed to be feminine.Being here also has allowed me to have freedom of expression ,the right to be me.

MIMY: Your name represents an emcee who is out to kill.Being a Zimbabwean female rapper do you feel there is yet any  competition for you?

ICY  MURDA: Yes I’m out to kill but competition  is not really what I would focus on for now,what I’m looking forward to is being heard. Competition is about who has so much swag or whose got money to push  themselves etc nah.See I’m doing this for me and those that respect Hip Hop like I do.The legacy lives on through me and I’m out to pursue my dream and kill any form of obstacles that want to derail me from my personal goals.

MIMY:  Who are some of the artists you have collaborated and worked with in your career?

ICY MURDA: I’ve worked with S.A rappers that include Doliket,Logic,Tina,Pizzi,Effie,Modise.Zimbabwe based rappers include Baller (Dollarsign Music),Treby,Chase tha Beast and finally people from my crew G.P.M.G(Get Paper Music Group)established by Thuso,Bhuda Bles,Flex and Jah.

MIMY: Any projects we might expect from you this year?

ICY MURDA: Well an album in the making for now I merely have singles getting air play.

MIMY:What are your distinct high and low moments you have encountered as a female rapper?

ICY MURDA: My most low till now is when I approached a manager once intending to organise a show then it turned out he was seemingly flirty.I felt like being a woman is partially a curse at times especially in this industry.However things like that are meant to help you get aware of how challenging it is to be a female rapper.My high moment is every time I’m on stage,killing it like my name states.

MIMY:As of now do you feel like other male rappers have accepted you as an emcee or there is still that level of lowering you because you are female?

ICY MURDA:I think they have embraced me and when it comes to being lowered, not even.In fact you would find out that most artists I’ve worked with and fellow rappers I interact with are male.Respect is a two-way thing.

You can follow her @IcyFRE on twitter.If you haven’t heard her new track Put it On Repeat produced by Tasha Mwana Wa Mai you can check it out here on this link.Beefy,I think I just copped you a female rapper nominee here.

 

 

“Bar for bar.Track for track.Album for album,I am the king of vernacular rap”-Noble Stylz

Noble Stylz talks new joint album with QOUNFUSED,his self proclaimed kingship to the rap crown and seeing no competition as yet .

1375093_424000037705221_1841616497_nIf you have managed to listen to his tracks or seen him perform then you know Noble is a hungry emcee whose only competition seems only to be the man in the mirror. Described by some as corky, Noble is one lyrical fin with the most outrageous Shona wordplay, my personal favourite being one of the lines he spit on his Nyanzvi track (Masofa Panze 2).The line goes as follows “Hanzi ndichabuda asi handisi kubuda se album ra Jnr Brown”.Whether he was throwing shots at the ‘Northern Samora’ rapper or he was simply flexing his rap muscles,Noble  is controversial and he knows it and that won’t stop him from saying what needs to be said even if it sparks debate. I met up with this giant rapper and this is what we discussed.

MIMY: Who is Noble really? Which hole did he come out from?

NOBLE: Well, Noble Stylz is a Masvingo bred and Harare based rapper birth named Prince Butawu. I commenced rap when I was 11 and at 13 my brother who was a battle rapper introduced me to battle circles so I grew up a battle emcee. I never thought I would record tracks, I just loved being part of rap in its truest essence and that’s the battle.

MIMY: When was the genesis of your music path and career? When did you know you really wanted to pursue rapping?

NOBLE: That was after my high school. I started recording and one thing led to another. I shuffled staying between cities and at one time moved to S.A and started recording but eventually I came back and settled in Harare in 2013.In the two years I have been here  I have dropped Masofa Panze 1 and 2 to great success.

MIMY: 2015 has seen a new dimension of rap diversities and a new flood of vernacular emcees joining the movement. What’s your take on the new cats on the block ?

NOBLE: Ok, personally I feel we got a few good vernacular rappers and a lot of dudes are just tryna put punch lines together into a meaningless verse that’s the reason why you find that most of them can’t make albums because It takes a certain amount of skill to bring out 12-16 compact songs of different concepts and style so I never take  any rapper seriously until they make an album. Songs are target practise. The game starts when you drop an album or mix tape.

MIMY: Do you feel there is any competition for you at this moment?

NOBLE: About competition, all I can say is in the last 24 months I got the hottest catalogue by a vernacular emcee and it’s not even a close call. Until dudes start making mix tapes and albums I won’t be paying attention to competition.

MIMY: You’ve been described by some artists as one of the corkiest rappers of this decade. Has battle rap made you this controversial?

NOBLE: Corky? (Laughs)I am not corky; I just say it as it is. I don’t sugar coat my words. Battle rap played its part in moulding that thick skin but I am very humble if you ask those around me. I however switch to offence the very second I feel disrespected.

MIMY: What separates you from the average vernacular emcees in the game right now?

NOBLE: My main strength has to be my mindset. Everything I want to do, I do it and I get desired results. I am hard wired like that. I don’t doubt my capabilities even for a second. I am not about odds, I fight and win. Looking back who would have thought that one guy would take on a group like MMT(three members) at their peak and walk away unscratched but we are past that phase  now. We are rebuilding battles as part of the game, no hard feelings.

MIMY: Is Zimbabwean hip hop evolving? What’s your take on the state of the hip hop movement now?

NOBLE: I feel Zimbabwean hip hop is growing and could grow faster if rappers start being rappers and have that rapper aggression in everything they do. Right now a lot of guys are waiting for something to happen and trust me nothing happens until you make it happen. Tehn Diamond is making it.Trae Yung is pushing it through. They are so visible. If we have more of that aggression in more rappers, the culture and art would grow faster. Guys are just too soft for the game.

MIMY: What have you got in store for the year 2015? Any projects or features we can expect?

NOBLE: I am dropping a duet album with Qounfused called Kufunga Kushanda and also a mixtape titled Better Than Your Album then Masofa Panze Queen BlacPerl drops Masofa Panze 3.I think she will be the biggest new act this year.

MIMY: You know, at mcpotar.com,we are as provocative as they come. We love a lil bit of controversy here and there so I want you to confirm this to all, are you the ‘King of vernacular rap or nah?

NOBLE: Bar for bar. Track for track. Album for album. I AM the KING of vernacular rap.

MIMY: For someone who came up in the rap circles when the incredible mUnetsi was still  dominant in vernacular rap and battle rap don’t you think calling yourself the ‘king of vernacular rap’ is rap blasphemy and breaking of the first rap commandment ‘thou shall not uproot the king’?

NOBLE:I didn’t come up in the mUnetsi era actually.mUnetsi’s era has the Outspoken,Maskiri and Begotten Sun and all of those kings I see as custodians of the game. These are the guys who paved way the same way I will pave for the next generation and like any race you pass the baton. I always pay homage to those who came before and it is through their blessings I boldly declare whatever I declare. Rakim came. Nas came. Kendrick came. That’s how it goes; right now I am the one holding vernacular rap. I am running my stretch and when it’s time to pass the baton I will bless the next king and let him do his thing.

MIMY: Any last words you might want to add on?

NOBLE: I just wanna say BIG UP to every emcee putting in work, we march on. Shout out to my team Masofa Panze,Tmg Records and Ikonik Muzik.

Feel free to comment on the interview and Noble’s self proclaimed kingship to the vernacular rap crown. Be sure to get your copies of Masofa Panze 1 and 2 if you haven’t.

Confessions Of A Blogging Side Mistress : Along Came The Side Chick by Mimy

ALONG CAME THE SIDE CHICK

CONFESSIONS OF A BLOGGING SIDE MISTRESS

You know us very well. We are the women you look down upon, the ones you badmouth and call ‘loose’, desperate, dirty mistresses, THE SIDE CHICK .Oh yes we have heard you laughing off, scratching on each other when we pass “Haaziriye bhebhi uye akudanana ne mufesi wemunhu?Ha kari desperate wena”But before you judge us, have you ever wondered why we prefer dating your men rather than finding ourselves a companion. Do you wonder why we prefer being the option, the side salad of his full course meal, why we would stoop so low to be treated so differently from the main chick. Why we would want to settle for less than what God price tagged us for? Think no more, as I am about to sell out our deepest secrets. I do not care if the secret society of side chicks will mysteriously make me disappear into thin air like Slice’s fame did but the real reasons why we prefer a taken guy is….

WE FEAR THE ATTACHMENT THAT COMES WITH BEING IN A RELATIONSHIP…

The truth is this world is filled with damaged and hurt people. The disappointments in love and relationships have caused many people to operate with walls up. For some of us apparently what better way to protect oneself than knowingly not being the only woman in the man’s life. We figure being the side chick is safer for the heart and the emotions while still being provided companionship at some level. We want to be loved but not fully. We want the easier things, intimacy without attachment. This is risky business because eventually we tend to fall and develop an unhealthy attachment. Yet we know the dangers of all this but we cling on as dirty mistresses only for the pleasure and not for the love, being the emergency calling number when his main lady isn’t around.

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WE ALLOW IT…

My mother always said that if you accept less, less you will get. Many of us who are side chicks simply allow to be put in that category. We accept the game as it is even deep down we know we are better than this. Plenty of us are very much aware of the main chick and yet we still choose to go along with the situation. The reality is that many of us are aware and still choose to go along with the situation. The other reality is that many of us will indeed thirst and want the top spot and it’s such a shame many if not all of us wont never get it. Don’t judge us, after all we are human and sharing with us  is indeed caring…

WE DON’T VALUE OURSELVES MORE THAN JUST A MISTRESS…

Psychologically this is anything more than true. Women, more than men experience loss of self worth especially in our adolescence years. Low self esteem can drive us to deal with a lot less than we actually deserve. We might have bought into the lie that we can’t do better than this man. There are guys out there who make it difficult not to want to dive in as a side piece with their charm, chiselled bodies, their willingness to sweep us off our feet but then announce that he is seeing someone else. We appreciate the leftovers rather than embrace that we deserve receiving a full course meal of a man.

WE ARE FREAKS…AND WANT MORE THAN ONE SAUSAGE IN OUR PAN…

We thrive on having sexual ties. They keep us feeling sexually worthy. Wasn’t it always the more, the merrier. Well in our case there is no way we could be stuck with one individual so we lessen ourselves to the diminishing role of a side dish. We are fine with it, so long he calls when my thirst is real. We love our sexual prowess, how we are able to ignite better the flame of desire in him rather than his main chick. We boast to our friends “Well I’m giving him better services. That’s why he keeps texting”. It’s an ego boost to us. We are like a generator to a Zesa power cut: we provide where there is lack…

THERE IS NOTHING MORE TO US THAN JUST OUR PHYSICAL APPEARANCE

For those women who have been referred to as just a pretty face or the girl with the lump some butt know how it feels to be less a human and more a physical appearance character. Unfortunately many of us are yet to reach their potential. Some of us haven’t evolved as women  and haven’t reached our potential and we simply get on by our looks or other physical attributes. That’s why you find us chilling with your ministers in those places you can’t afford even when you sold your soul to a local wizard or bathed in divine waters that toothless n’anga prescribed for you. For a whole lot of guys, we are the perfect side dish, yummy looking and delicious.

There are two types of us apparently: the coherent side chick who feels more important and at times we depend on how the guy feels. We are rarely lied to and usually the guy is himself when he is around us. Ladies I’m sure you are well acquainted with us. We usually come in the tag name ‘bestie’.Yes you must hate us. We usually know him better than you, almost always. After all murume igumbeze kukatonhora tinobvutirana.The second type is the non coherent. This side chick is pretty much in the same boat as the main chick. They are both clueless of each other’s existence.

If you are reading this dear side chick/mistress and thinking you have met your emancipator please quickly wipe off that stupid smirk on your face. Shame, the joke is on you sisi! I’m just a snake in your green grass. To all my side chicks out there (in spirit) you better start focussing on bettering yourself rather than chasing after these taken guys. Build your self worth, be independent, and strive for queen standards. You are worth more than gold and any guy would be honoured to be your king. If you accept less you will be treated as less your whole life. Even if you go about bragging how expensive the Jimmy Choos he bought for you are, in reality you are just a wipe towel, only for use when there is need. There is more to life; your Prince in shining hembe will definitely drop from ‘god knows where princes drop from’. Never make someone a priority that only makes you an option. Trust me he is not leaving main bae for side nhingi.Ndiwe wadii unofonerwa kana zvaipa? An emergency number in the directory? Mbuya Nehanda definitely didn’t fight the struggle for you to be an emergency calling number. Remember my fellow ladies; a man will never give you the title ‘main’ if your price tag says free! Do not sell your self short.Ever!

Mc Trake Talks New Track And Announces Dates For Debut EP (By Mimy)

You can always count on Zimbabwean hip hop to ignite a flame that will keep heads talking for a minute. It’s highly inevitable to separate hip hop from the ironies of hate, diss and going against popular opinion. Just last year there was a hip hop over the dissing of beads and those who wore beads which was met with distaste with other rap artists like Taz Da Prince (Beads feat Sharky) throwing shade at this hype.2015 is a new stage altogether with diverse new voices taking a stride in the Zim hip hop movement.

 Mc Trake

Mc Trake, government named Tatenda Macmillian Chirairo could be a mission statement for the year 2015.Featured on his new track entitled “Futi Futi” are Kidd Aktive, Baller the rising vernac emcee and Prout with a great ensemble of production from The Hitmen.The track is filled with catchy lines dropped, almost not trying to cover up their main targets for the track. The track opens up with a satirical reply supposedly to the track Hamuko from Team Bho.

“Kuno…uko ha, tiriko”

 

 Mc Trake spits out a few lines that seem to allude to one of the emcees who started the ‘hatipfeke ma beads hype’ with cheesy bars like

 

“Honai nhasi makudai

A+ pakushingirira makutozviti ana Shingy…’’

 

Baller also throws shots with his opening line

 

Ndopfeka ma beads aya kusvika magodoka

Mc Trake denies any intentions to ignite beef with any emcee or clique but makes it clear that this was a track that was supposed to make a few things clear pertaining to unnecessary hip hop hype quoted in his words ‘no beef exactly,kungobudirana pachena’.

He is set to release an E.P in September this year with future productions by The Hitmen.To get the track here is the direct link for download. Feel free to comment and share your views on the track

Suprise Track : DOWNLOAD LINK

The Blacker The Berry by Mimy Huney

Recently I had the chance to experience what was to be my first ‘skin colour’ slur. Having had to exchange emails with a certain guy from Bulawayo for quite sometimes we had become acquainted enough to share our day to day captivating moments through pictures. Being the gentleman he was, he was the first to snap his moments captured at a cricket event. I followed suit capturing my moment in my mother’s kitchen readying myself to make lunch. As I awaited for his juicy reply, I was met with a rather,taintful undesirable email. The gentleman, not so gentle after all had replied…

 

     LOL…..Ohhh always thought you were a yellowbone.BUMMER!

At that moment I don’t know what astounded me the most, his mocking of my ‘thirty minute to prepare selfie,’his many O’s that exceeded the normal lol, or rather his distaste for what seemed to be the skin colour he would have much loved to  associate with. Since that day, we haven’t chatted much but I learnt a lot from him. He presented to me the issue of being light skinned or rather the need to be light skinned as a woman in a new societal era. Believe you me, I do not have fault with already born light skinned people but I raise eyebrows on the way the average dark skinned women have become slaves to skin lightening creams all in the name of beauty and elegance.  The image of black women has been exploited for centuries in the Americas and Western Africa but never had it been grossly perforated in Zimbabwe until this decade. Home grown vendors and informal beauticians not forgetting the media have jumped on the skin lightening train without any consideration. The times have changed drastically. I grew up in an era where everyone black was BLACK but the trending nature of skin lightening loosely translated in ghetto lingo as ‘kubleacher’ has left the ordinary woman scathing off to join the wagon of what is termed ‘ma yellow bone’. If you take a stride further, It’s not hard to notice that we have simply associated beauty with whiteness, being white…Eurocentric, lacking African distinction. Well why else could bleaching creams overcrowd the city centre and the rest of downtown at even the lowest price of just a dollar so openly to young women and girls to vulture on. Interestingly you don’t have to be born light skinned in order to enjoy the benefits that other light skinned women are enjoying; you simply have to purchase yourself beauty creams or take pills that will transform you into a mediocre ghostly bleached Michael Jackson overnight. It’s shocking how we have quickly engrossed the ‘yellow bone’ era in our societies. For some of us who have always  reacted to anything that is not Vaseline in nature, Instagram filters have done much for us to flourish on social networks as almost ‘yellow bone’ .Various hip hop artists have also made it clear that ‘yellow bones’ are trending. I remember hearing one rap track that did much to seclude us dark skinned girls. The rap line went as follows…

 

‘TAKAPENGA…tongotamba nema yellowbone..’

I don’t blame the artist though. He was simply enacting what the western media had already presented to him as normal. Western media are usually vast on using light skinned women for their music videos and even South African and Nigerian artists have joined in on the rope. As engrossing as it is beauty has gone beyond being dark. Beauty according to society now is ‘light unblemished skin, beauty is almost being white.Beauty is not dark skinned..beauty is not ‘stained’. Women have embraced beauty as having a distinct ‘unstained’ yellow colour…’ma yellow bone’. Advertising does not present reality as it is but as it should be. For this reason, advertising is a good site to observe dominant physical characteristics. Nearly almost always African adverts tend to feature women with a lighter skin tone and a slender physique, denouncing the actual depiction of an African woman being plump and dark skinned.

In an unplanned study taken in a beauty salon in city centre Harare (you know how women are open bibles in salons) the skin lightening debate found its way in the room. One of the hairdresser’s was urging the other customers to purchase a Movet skin lightening package. A lady at the back quickly approved of her product and had expressed how Zimbabwean men nowadays preferred yellow soft skinned ladies to any other kind. For this reason she had eluded that skin lightening for those dark skinned was of utmost importance in attracting male companions. I remember a heavily pregnant woman also followed suit explaining how she had decided to enhance her skin tone to prevent her husband from being attracted to much younger looking girls. The phenomenon of skin lightening draws back all to trying as best as we can as women to seek the desire of the males.

Speaking from a sociological perspective, the contemporary society we live in does much discrimination than emancipation for women. People’s judgement about others have literally been coloured by skin tone. Dark skinned people are sociological associated with poverty, witchcraft and, deviant behaviour making it psychologically a skin tone with so much underrating. We have all shared the jeer in salons,mu combi or even in bottle stores of how light skinned women seem to peform way better in bed, how they have a better diva approach to life’ndivo vakadzi manje’ like my local hwindi would put it. From a gender centred point of view the relation between skin tone ,beauty and moral judgement affect women more than men. Women, more than men are judged heavily by the basis of their physical appearance. No wonder why we are quick to alter ourselves, slaving off to the wants and pleasures of our male counterparts.

According to the Media Control Authority of Zimbabwe,,the skin lightening industry although banned continues to operate and more than fifty thousand products are smuggled into the country from Zambia,Angola,Nigeria and further away from India. Whether it remains a case of debate or just a wondering thought pabridge remuraini,skin lightening creams possess a high risk on health which include skin disfigurement, skin cancers and botched skin defects. The skin lightening issue will not end and from the looks of things it is here to stay. It is not like they do not hold any knowledge of the position they decide to take. At the end of the day, every human being is different in their own way and thinking.My finding beauty in being dark skinned and not orange may be abhorrent to some. Like Winky sang back in 2010 ‘gudhu yangu haisi gudhu yako’ therefore I can not merely judge those who find fault in being dark skinned and seek means to enhance their skin tone to a lighter shade. We might not save this generation but we can educate and emancipate the next generation of young women and girls from Eurocentric vampires, out to alter their fresh African beauty and the media delusions portraying light skinned women as far much better beauties than dark skinned women. It is high time as women we find confidence in the way the Creator made us to be, dark or light. Africa must wake up its women before we become followers of every Western trend that is thrown to us..before we become controlled robots, before we lose our African worth.It is high time we stand and maintain our beauty the way God made it and not seek to alter it to seek love from men. Wasn’t it always said that the blacker the berry, the juicier it was supposed to be? Or maybe I’m just a frustrated dark skinned girl venting all her black juice to stain the ‘bleached’ just maybe….