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Zimbabwean hip hop emerged to significance in the early 1990s.


There are many Zimbabwean Hip hop acts, in and around the world, with varying degrees of success. The majority of them are heavily influenced by American East Coast hip hop, with the younger ones leaning more toward the new dominant American "dirty" South sound. On the other hand, there are a few acts that are now trying to move away from the American stereotype and reinvent themselves by building and branching off from the remnants of the "Urban grooves" era. This era marked the ballooning of urban music culture in Zimbabwe after the effecting of a purely local content directive in 2001. Though "Urban Grooves" was an umbrella term (for lack of a better word) for all the urban genres of music that were popular in Zimbabwe at the time (Hip hop, R'n'B, Dancehall, Afro pop), its heaviest influences were borrowed from Hip hop, hence most people mistook it for "Zimbabwean Hip hop". The "grooves" movement and those within has been maturing, and at the same time, the laws have been steadily re-integrating International music according to the growth of the Zim local industry, what where the sub-genres of "Urban grooves" are now developing into whole and independent genres of their own. There seems to exist a visible effort on the part of a lot of current MC's to experiment in order to redefine and own a sound that could be recognised as Zimbabwean Hip hop. Some are doing this by making a more extensive use their own traditional languages (Shona and Ndebele), and local instruments such as Mbira, Marimba, Ngoma (traditional drums) or Hosho (traditional shaker). However, some argue that the difference should lie more in the content of the rhyme.

Zimbabwean Hip hop was initially championed by the Zimbabwean middle to upper class low-density suburban youths, who had access to satellite TV or overseas connections, living in the major cities (Harare, Bulawayo, Gweru, Mutare). However, over the last 10 years, the youths in the high-density working class areas have also started to participate in the genre (though, it is not yet as popular as the genres of Museve, Reggae, Kwaito, and African House).

Artists and groups

Notable Zimbabwean Hip hop artists are Blaklizt Entertainment, Mizchif, Maskiri and 25toLyf. Kudakwashe Munyaradzi Jusa Dementor Karizma

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