The King Behind Zim Hip-hop Report: Walk In His Shoes #Zimhiphop @Zimhiphop

Tendayi Zonde, better known as Prometheus, has been in the music industry for more than 10 years now as both a producer and an artist.  Zimbabwe first heard of him mid-2002 when he featured & produced  Keisha’s very popular song “Loving you”.  The song was such a hit that it was number 6 on the then 3FM chart.  Prometheus featured on other artists’ songs and did a lot more producing at his studio Mabhururu Digital Studio.  In 2005 he produced Nox’s debut album “Wandipengesa”.

 

In 2006, Prometheus released his debut album “Diagnostic Tools”.  There were a couple of hits from this album; “Constantly” featuring Faz and Julip and “Fight Club” featuring Faz, G-Tak, Julip and Noel G.  He followed this up in 2007 with the album “Life Extension”.

 

2008 saw Prometheus releasing arguably his most successful album “Freedom of Thought”.  The album has one of his most popular songs, “The King is back”.  The song got massive airplay as a single, long before the album was released.  Prometheus featured Julip and Alkamai on that song.  He capitalised on the success of “The King is Back” by doing a remix calling it “Return of the King” which featured Mariachi, Alkamai and Liqid.  “Return of the King” went on to eclipse the popularity of “The King is back”.  “Return of the King” is found on Prometheus’ fourth album called “End of History” released in 2009.  Other songs found on “End of history” include “Summertym” featuring Sharon and “Unite Zimbabwe” featuring Mathias Julius and Julip.

 

Early 2010 saw Prometheus releasing a ‘best of’ album called “Providence” and then later in the year he released an album of brand new tracks called “Burden”.

 

In 2011 he released “Vertigo” which received a fair amount of airplay.  The album included songs like “Hip-hop Begin”, “Chindipa Rudo”, “Radioactive” featuring Mariachi and Julip and “M.O.V.E” featuring Faz, Black Bird, Mizchiv and Yung Jazz.  Later in 2011, Prometheus, overwhelmed by inspiration released yet another album called “This is Afrika”.  This has one of the most popular hip-hop songs of 2011 called “We shining” featuring Mariachi and Julip.  “We shining” did so well that it was on the Power FM Top 100 Chart.  “This is my Home” also did very well on the airwaves which he featured Julip and MC Cut.

 

In between working on his two albums, Prometheus also produced Karizma’s album “Force of Impact”.

 

This year Prometheus continues to make music and push hip-hop.  In June he released his most recent album “No More Hungah” and shot a video for “Empty Pockets Speak” featuring Karizma and MC Cut.  He also shot a video for “We shining (remix)” featuring Karizma.

 

Prometheus is passionate about hip-hop and believes artists should work together.  He certainly practices what he preaches looking at the number of artists he has worked with including Cindy, Diana Samkange, MC Chita, Mr Hingis, Mathias Julius and Ngoni Kambarami. In October 2011 Prometheus & Tendai Tanga founded Zim Hip-hop Unleashed (an online local hip-hop magazine). The vision of the magazine is to encourage local hip-hop artists to release their material and join the mainstream. The magazine supports these artists by releasing a monthly hip-hop compilation to all local radio stations, to date hip-hop unleashed has released 15 local hip-hop compilations and hosted the inaugural Zim hip-hop awards 2011.

 

Prometheus has not only made inroads on radio but also on TV.  Every Wednesday he is the resident judge on the talent show “Voicebox” aired live on ZBC TV at 4.30pm.  He hosts another show called Zim Hip-hop Report every Saturday at 9.30am on ZBC TV where he interviews local hip-hop artists in accordance with his by line “Strictly local, no apologies”.  Radio, TV, what’s next?  The sky is surely the limit.

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