Mashoko – Cultural Activist Show Back With A Bang by Millz Dzenga & Mcpotar

Magamba Network , an urban culture organization celebrated 7 years of
existence last week. To legitimize this milestone,they hosted Mashoko
Reloaded,a hip hop and spoken word reincarnation of the year event
after about a year of absence .

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The function was held at the popular Book Cafe in the capital on
Saturday the 29th of November . With a line up which boasted of
artists in the mould of Noble Stylz, Sharky , Shingi Mangoma ,
Blackpearl , Umind, Synik among others, it was difficult for a hip hop
and Poetry enthusiast to ignore the showcase. Especially with the
immensely talented poet Madzitatiguru who just returned from Europe as
the MC.

The event was meant to commence at 7:00 pm, but for some reason there
was a close to 30 minute delay. The first segment of the day was
called the People`s podium which allowed members of the audience and
artists who are not on the main line up to showcase their talent and
abilities. Arcane the poet got the ball rolling with an immaculate
piece called Kuna Kinte that touched on humanity, followed by a rapper
called Lincoln. I’ll Manner as always delivered thought provoking
lyrics which justify why he is considered one of the best emerging
writers in the hip hop circles. To wrap up the People’s podium was
Glen Norah based hip hop artist who cemented the already vibrant
segment with their hit song Hondo Dzemagitare which got the crowd
engaged in dance.
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Spoken word followed and the catalogue heavy ,one was allowed to
expect nothing but a mesmerizing session with beautifully crafted
words. Tinashe went on stage first with a beautiful poem stating how
tired she was of heartbreaks and it got the audience thinking deep.
She was followed by internationally acclaimed poetess Wadzanai
`Blackpearl` Chiuriri who had a namesake in the crowd Barbara
`Blackperl` Maswera of Masofa Panze. At this stage the audience was
busy conversating too much than paying attention to what the acts on
stage were doing . When U-mind came on stage ,it was worse as people
had turned this function into a social gathering with numerous
simultaneous chat factions . In relation to this one journalist cum
photographer who spoke on condition of anonymity said “I’m worried
about how the crowd is not engaged or connected to these poets.”

Sanity returned when fast rising hip hop artist Sharky took to the
stage with a colourful afro centric outfit. Sharky was perhaps the
best act of the night as he got the crowd from the first song “Better
than most” and when he belted two of his unreleased songs as well.
With his beads clung around his neck , the energetic performance got
hip hop heads like Cashbid, Begotten sun , Noble Stylz , Atenno ,Synik
and Trae Young among others showing off their dance moves and nodding
in agreement .

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Nu Alliance and Synik gave us a marvelous performance as expected. They performed in sync and did not disappoint the crowd. Shingi Mangoma in her beautiful African look was very outstanding as well. I watched Noble take the stage with her as he led into his performance. Well orchestrated performance I must say. Noble and BlacPerl (Maswera) were great. Blacperl spat her bars well in Dai Maiziva. A very relevant song especially during the 16 days of activism. Trae Yung joined into ma Born Free by Public demand and later gave us her 5 on it freestyle. Upmost also took us back to the days of “Nhasi Ndakatakurwa” as we mingled while somme went back home.

The show was a success as the hip hop and poetry spirit was restored
through Mashoko Reloaded . Poet Arcane echoed the same sentiments by
saying “Mashoko is a great platform for both new and established
artists. The vibe is great and it accommodates all the different
angles of hip hop.”  Creative genius Atenno appreciated the work that
Magamba Network is putting in but was concerned with the turnout which
was not entirely convincing. We want to appreciate Magamba Network for
organizing such a good show which attracted the who’s and who’s of
Zimbabwean entertainment like Luckie Aaron , Mariachi , Gwagz , Dj
Krimz , Wordzmyth , Quence Motion ,Trae Young ,Meister,Younique, Dj
Hollywood ,Tehn Diamond and other faces we couldn’t quite capture . It
was a great night for hip hop and poetry as well as beautiful music

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