By Leroy Dzenga
Zimbabwean rooted South African hip hop artist Gigi LaMayne dropped the video for her hit record Ice Cream Remix which features South African rap superstar Khuli Chana yesterday on Channel O.
The video was first shown to the world during a show called Turn Up ,the same show which premiered huge South African videos like Ricky Rick`s Boss Zonke among others.
The remix is currently doing good on the airwaves in South Africa since it was dropped in March this year.This is according to the song`s executive producer and Gigi`s longtime producer Shayzar Zimanyi of MixMasters International.
He went on to say; “The remix has done very very well in terms of radio play and has reached number one spot on almost every major South African hip hop show on radio stations”.
The song which has a Zimbabwean imprint was originally co-produced by Zimabwean duo of Raymond “ Rayo” Sibanda,Shayzar Zimanyi as well as South African beatmaker J Twinn. The remix also incorporated the additional hands of Aytee and Commemo and all these producers are part of the production entity of MixMasters International.
This is not the first time that an upcoming Zimbabwean or Zimbabwean linked artist has sought the services of a renowned South African rapper to make a sequel song to their successful single. This comes hot in the heels of Cal Vin`s Z`khupani remix which featured African hip hop`s man of the moment Cassper Nyovest as well as Simba Tagz`s Don’t Leave which he did with Nigeriia`s Ice Prince.
This development has been described by local hip hop analyst SpekkTrumm as a plus on Gigi`s career and this however is a make or break for her career as she has to prove her mettle after a major release of this caliber.
“It is a great opportunity ,but the downside with such collaborations is that to up your game on each release after”,he said.
Gigi LaMayne whose real name is Genesis Gabriella Tina Manney(21) has been weaving her way onto stardom in South Africa bagging a couple of awards and accolades on the way. Her mixtape Colour of Reign made an impact on the South African market and as young as she is she is being tipped by pundits to be the next queen of African hip hop.
Gigi spent part of her childhood and early adulthood in Bulawayo and she says that she is a Zimbabwean by origin. A country which she credits for moulding her musical perceptions.