Cal_Vin shines de­spite power out­age

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Entertainment - Bruce Ndlovu Show­biz Correspondent

A power out­age on Satur­day night could not dim word­smith Cal_Vin’s shine as he il­lu­mi­nated Elite 400 with songs from his new al­bum as many of Bu­l­awayo’s young hip-hop artistes proved that they can hold their own on stage.

With many artistes from within and out­side the city fail­ing to pull de­cent crowds this year, last Satur­day’s launch of his Planet Vin LP at the “Made in BYO” mu­sic con­cert was a chance for Cal_Vin to prove the claim that he is now the big­gest hip-hop act in the coun­try.

Nei­ther the rap­per nor his fans dis­ap­pointed, as a crowd of mostly young hip-hop lovers came out in their num­bers to lis­ten to joints from an al­bum that the rap­per hopes will ce­ment his po­si­tion at the apex of the Zim­bab­wean rap scene.

What made the at­ten­dance all the more im­pres­sive was that some fans had left af­ter a power out­age that saw some parts of the Bu­l­awayo CBD plunged into dark­ness. How­ever, the more pa­tient fans braved the dark­ness and de­lays be­fore the show, which had been sched­uled to start at 5PM, even­tu­ally got un­der­way.

While show or­gan­is­ers looked for an al­ter­na­tive power source, fans bus­ied them­selves with talk of what to ex­pect once the elec­tric­ity was back. Con­spir­acy the­o­rists among them sug­gested that the ill-timed out­age was ploy to sab­o­tage the young rap­per.

When the elec­tric­ity came back on and the sound was fully con­nected, the venue ex­ploded, as the city’s artistes gave an inkling of the tal­ent that is pros­per­ing, although largely un­watched and un­der­ap­pre­ci­ated, in the city’s hip-hop mu­sic cir­cles.

Seem­ingly bone­less dancers held the crowd spell­bound with their flaw­less moves while, one af­ter the other with up-and-com­ing rap­pers show­ing they had a sim­i­larly en­chant­ing ef­fect as they rapped to the ap­plause of an en­thu­si­as­tic crowd.

Mzoe7 proved that he is one of the new artistes to watch from Bu­l­awayo as he won over the crowd be­fore he even went on stage. While some might have had reser­va­tions about an artiste that is not con­sid­ered strictly hip-hop per­form­ing at a con­cert that was meant to cel­e­brate the genre, Mzoe7 de­fied ex­pec­ta­tions when he launched into a song that drew a large part of its in­spi­ra­tion from the cur­rent wave of Amer­i­can rap mu­sic in­flu­enced hip-hop.

He fol­lowed that up with his crowd pleas­ing new song Chi­uta, which got all those in the venue on their feet. Fel­low rap­per As­aph also proved why he is one of the high­est rated young word­smiths, with a short but ef­fec­tive set whose hall­mark was the in­ter­ac­tion be­tween the rap­per and DJ Staffa.

Cal_Vin took to the stage to give ap­pre­cia­tive fans a taste of his new al­bum, and with the rap­per in­di­cat­ing that it would be his last project in a while, the crowd’s re­ac­tion to his mu­sic showed that it might in­deed be an ex­cel­lent part­ing shot.

Heads nod­ded en­thu­si­as­ti­cally and feet shuf­fled as the crowd, who were ul­ti­mately the star of the show, danced the night away un­til the end of the al­bum launch which felt more like vic­tory lap.

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