19 Things I Want Before I Die or Age Yep Old Age Is Crazy

There is still no fee charged on dreaming so today I decided to compile 19 things I would like to do before I die, some realistic and some seem undo-able. 19 because, I was born on the 19th day of August in 1988 and well I love to celebrate my birthday  by putting out content.

Mcpotar Bucket List

  1. Doing A TED Talk

Since 2014 I have been a fan of TED Talks. TED is a platform where experts share ideas in front of an audience. The organization does also allow people to hold talks known as TEDx Talks as well and they are endorsed and branded by them.  I will probably start out with a TEDx when I get the opportunity. I have so many ideas to share out there and I know TED has the audience I need.

TED Talks

  1. Do A Song With Upmost

I’ve wanted to do a song with Upmost like forever, and I know many of you may not know him at all because he’s been pretty Low Key, but if you happen to know the Even More Swaggery Lil Boys (EMSLB) from Zambezi news, he plays the A Lil Angry character. Upmost on his non parody tip is actually one the emcees that had an influence on the direction I took as an artiste when I was on the come up.

  1. Publish A Fiction Novel

I am a few chapters away from completing my first novel. In the past I’ve done poetry anthologies for free downloads but writing fiction really takes so  much energy and commitment. I have been procrastinating the ending of this one but may God give me strength to have it out one day. Eventually. There is o much I am fixing in it so yeah.

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  1. Win A NAMA Award

Since I do a lot in the arts industry it;s pretty hard to pin point which area exactly i want an award. I guess I have to make a decision however and focus my efforts on the artform I finally receive a NAMA award for. Definitely I must go to the grave with at least one.

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  1. Make It To A Good List

In as much as i always list my favourites and i have been on Zim Hip-hop nominations list. Before i die I want to be on another important list with great minds. I don’t know what it will be about but I will not close that web tab for a month. Perhaps it will be “ Top 10 List Of Bloggers That List Things”, in which case my friends at Youth Village would be number one.

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  1. Grow A Successful Business

Yes I need to have a self sustainable and profitable business in whatever it is that the business will be about. It doesn’t have to be about Hip-hop  but it could be about hip-hop. It could be the talks and seminars after millions see me on that TED Talk or maybe the project that got me a NAMA. It just has to happen.

  1. Make My Parents Believe

The hardest part of my journey has been making my family believe that I can actually sustain from the art and that the art is important. I probably need to achieve some of the things in this entire list to make that happen.

  1. Get Forgiveness From Enemies and Exes

There are old friends and exes whose block lists I’m still on. I am not a war loving man, I love peace. I hope one day I can meet some of these people with no grudges in between after-all everybody needs a friend.

  1. Own Properties

Well I know every file on the computer has properties. I am not talking abot those, I am talking about some real estate. I am also not talking about houses inherited from my Dad. No I mean stuff that I would have worked for myself.

  1. An Painting Of My Father

I just think painted portraits show value and respect and for my father Mr. N. Mupotaringa I have nothing but respect for his focus, love and dedication towards father-hood and ultimately man-hood.

  1. Give Back To The Schools I Learnt

As I grew up I learnt at Milton Junior, Milton High and later Dadaya High School. Through out my school years many great men that learnt from these schools passed through the schools yearly to donate a few things that helped the school, get better. Some made big donations, some made speeches that helped us forge ahead. Without their sowing back and generosity those schools would not be where they are.

  1. Understand God

I still have my own questions about God and the way he works, whether he only speaks to Christians or not. Sometimes these questions appear in my poetry. In fact my poetry should never be taken for granted as far as my perceptions. I hope one day before I die I would have found satisfactory on the subject of spirituality and religion.

  1. Writing My Mother A Letter

Forget the internet age, one of this days I will sit down with a pen and tear out a school book paper to write my mother a gratitude letter the old way. I want her to get from the letter box and read it and hear my voice in it.

  1. Have A Video With 1 Million Views

Whether it will be the TED talk, award ceremony, a poem or music video, I certainly want to have a video that reaches a million verifiable online users. Why? Because that’s presence.

  1. I want to visit the United States of America

Eversince I was a child the USA presented itself in such a way that I felt that I wanted to be a part of that culture. As I grew up I re-embraced my culture but I think them having that influence on me and popular culture inclines them for a visit.

  1. I want to witness my child’s birth.

When I finally have a child, I want to witness the delivery of that child to the earth. I do not want to be disconnected from that emotional moment.

  1. I want to be one of the greatest writers of my time

Daily I hone my skill to become one of the greatest writers of my time but “typos” (grammatical errors) always sneak into my blog posts. I will not despair. I will continue to apply myself in this art.

  1. Write A Speech For A President

It will be an honour for me to write a speech for the president. Whoever will be president that year I would like to write a speech on their behalf as “one of the greatest writers of my time” and the guy who would already have done that TED Talk.

  1. Marry her if she doesn’t take this list for granted.

If my girlfriend doesn’t take this list for granted, she certainly is the person I want to stick with for the rest of my life. It takes a lot of support to be able to do most of the things listed in this article.

Just Married

 

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If you haven’t heard Zvakusungisa…#zvakusungisa! @Mcpotar

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Recently he fed our listening buds with Black Orchestra and this time award winning blogger cum rapper  and also my mentor,Michael Mupotaringa a.k.a’d Mcpotar is back again with an intriguing yet wit filled track that sees him flexing his rap generic muscles in an impressive manner.He had us throwing the #zvakusungisa hashtag all over social medias for the past weeks but for those who are familiar with this lad’s genius comprehension, know that  the versatile Mcpotar isn’t just a mean guy blogging away his opinions on a rusty three legged desk but he is also a musical soul who knows how to market and   push his productions to a variable extended audience,never limiting the realms his music is supposed to appeal to. For the past three weeks we have been hashtagging Zvakusungisa in a Zilluminati fashion but  now the full product is here for public listening and I had the chance to have a listen to it before it was mastered for public hearing(no,you don’t have to sneak your nudes in his inbox  to get  such benefits ladies)and its still sounding like an impeccable piece of art  after full production.Zvakusungisa sees  Mcpotar/ Eureka taking us on a lyrical journey congested by vernacular rhymes that are in  antecedence with English lines too which are  playful and witty, at the same time engrossed well with a fitting and catchy hook.Within the first hear it captures you with its bumpy and ‘club feel’ produced beat owed much to the young and rising tag team of producers ,The Hitmen (ZW) 

Clogged very well with braggadocio lines such as having more twitter followers than people getting airplay to comic filled lines of haters getting envious, ‘ganda ravo rakutaita green kunge ra Shrek’ this is one song to bump to,whether you are twerking your African jelly behind in the mirror,claiming your rent money from that dubious tenant or clearly bragging about how your grind is turning out good.Feel free to take a listen and download the track because this is one track that needs a feature in your boring playlist.This one is just for control people…#zvakusungisa (Mcpotar taught me)

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Gze Joins the Fight For African Unity – The Cure (@resilience_gze)

What do you visualize when you see a Capsule wrapped with both South African and Zimbabwean flags?

Gze The cure XenophobiaFor me the sight of a capsule pill tells me that there is a remedy, a cure for whatever ailment there is. Resilience Chekera, went hard on this one if you haven’t heard of his song “The Cure” please get it in the next tab by clicking here. the song definitely speaks to Africans to be united and it was released at a time we had black on black murders in South Africa. Our soul has been traded for capitalism he says.

his song addresses the un-appreciation by South African people who have forgotten how Southern Africa helped them through the oppressive apartheid but it also calls for unity and reconciliation. in the second verse he mostly gives motivational facts about how Africans where Scholars before colleges. The flow is incredible and the Cutty Beats instrumentation is off the chain. However many critics do say the song may not be understandable to South Africans because of the language barrier.

I however feel it is still relevant because even Zimbabweans can put that knowledge to use. Xenophobia is not the violence remember. It is the state of mind that causes the attacks so the Zimbabweans that wanted cassper Nyovest stoned just for being South African are also therefore Xenophobic. 

Enough talk, please follow the link and get The Cure. Link up with the guy on twitter @resilience_gze

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Zimbabwean Hiphop Should Be Proud Of Cal_Vin (@IamCal_vin)

Whoever imagined that from the heart of Luveve an artiste who makes tangible moves would emerge? I mean we always have looked at certain individuals to make moves for us in the country, we have never known Bulawayo to make very notable moves. I’m not saying that Bulawayo artistes have been under-performing. They have been working hard but location seemed to make it harder to get there.

[tweetthis url=”http://wp.me/p3X2g3-My”]Nobody thought a Luveve boy would shine.[/tweetthis]

Download Cassper Nyovest Cal_VinCal_vin broke into Zimbabwe’s mainstream last year with Bebengakholwa (Which means – They didn’t believe). The song carries prophecy if you ask me because even after the Cassper Nyovest move there are a lot of doubters in our midst and naysayers. There was a lot of happinesss by some rappers on social media to see the artiste being bashed in a pregnancy scandail by the media but at the end of the day he is Zimbabwean isn’t he? For some people they feel like his success means their downfall but I believe his success means Zimbabwe can once again be looked at. 

Casspper Nyovest also benefits much from this collaboration by the way especially because he has trying to clear his country’s name on Xenophobia. This is not really about Harare vs Bulawayo or Shona vs Ndebele as many have turned it to. This is about  the media giving Zimbabwean Hip-hop unanimous attention and I urge Cal_vin not to sleep on this. It’s easy to lose the limelight in a heartbeat. 

I personally enjoyed the Z’khuphani song and I think the homeboy represented well. Like Bars 263 would’ve said, Zim Hip-hop to The World. Spread Hiphop. Get the song below

[tweetthis url=”http://wp.me/p3X2g3-My”]Casspper Nyovest also benefits much from this collaboration too.[/tweetthis]

Get The song free ; Cal_Vin – Z’khuphani ft Cassper Nyovest

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Alexio Needs To Smell The Coffee

Recently Alexio Kawara told the news that “his music is not a dollar” and slammed piracy as being the major reason that many big guys left the industry and young ones have had short lived lives. Whilst I agree with where his heart is, as a realist I can only say, “Alexio must smell the coffee.”

If people can pirate Windows 7 and sell the CD for $5, they can certainly consume all Alexios tracks combined with extras from Roki, King Labash and so forth for just a dollar.  Police will arrest the piracy vendors they can but police probably also keep a few unofficial Thomas Mapfumo collections in a single CD.  The quality of the sound may be below original CD quality but to a non producer the  difference is negligible.

This is the age of new revenue streams and I am sure by now an organized fellow like Alexio has set up other revenue models in place. We understand his concerns on the value he places on his music but however the reality on the ground says, CD’s will always be sold on the street until DVD players become a thing of the past.

We have seen that abroad, people are beginning to consider streaming services (which pay the artistes poorly). In Zimbabwe I can hardly download a song on my Whatsapp. Network outside major cities is a problem so it’s quite obvious that I am not paying streaming services soon to consume my music.

But Maybe…

Maybe if Alexio starves the market of his CD and makes it only available on online stores and streaming services then his fans abroad will be able to make purchases.

But then again…

Don’t people still end up with Kendrick Lamar’s album after he has don the very same thing?

I vibe with Alexio’s concern but as a realist I will tell him to focus on other revenue models.

Meanwhile tell me what you think? via @Mcpotar

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