Bu­l­awayo’s shin­ing stars

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Lifestyle - Robert Mukondiwa

For the in­hab­i­tant of the earth, the Sun is the warm­est bright­est planet that they know. But some­times, the fact that you do not see any­thing brighter does not mean there isn’t any ge­nius that shines brighter than the hero you wor­ship.

And so in our gal­axy, some 4 000 light years away is a brighter, larger, hot­ter planet known as VY Ca­nis Ma­joris. It makes the heat from the sun feel like the flicker of a can­dle in the hands of a lit­tle girl with rib­bons in her hair in Sun­day School.

The Sun has noth­ing on Ca­nis Ma­joris.

And so when the world of lo­cal mu­sic views hip-hop and rap and there seems to be blind­ing tal­ent from Harare, the ac­tual fact could be that it is be­cause some have not en­coun­tered the sharper spit­ters from be­yond the fron­tiers of Harare.

In comes Bu­l­awayo with a das­tardly duo of 19-year-old Shane Ndhlovu (AKA Shaney­oung) and 18-year-old Lin­dokuhle Arnold Adams Ndlovu (AKA Kidthrill).

An en­counter with the duo is kind of sur­real. Like the naughty look if you were to bring The Boon­docks’ Huey and Ri­ley Free­man to life.

But be­neath that ve­neer lies what is prob­a­bly the big­gest se­cret the un­der­ground of the arts and par­tic­u­larly rap and hip-hop have got to of­fer. With haunt­ing lyrics that go be­yond what their gen­eral age would have them know, have them un­der­stand, have them de­ci­pher, the duo spit lines preg­nant with emo­tion and a di­vin­ity of in­ter­pre­ta­tion. What in­spires their deep lyri­cism? “The strug­gle, the cor­rup­tion that’s out here and the beauty also . . . ” and the strug­gle is real be­cause for all their tal­ent Kidthrill is sit­ting the year out af­ter fail­ing to have money raised for him to sit for his ex­am­i­na­tions. They feel like a let-down gen­er­a­tion. One that de­served bet­ter than they are be­ing made to set­tle for.

“Like our peers we talk about real life sit­u­a­tions that peo­ple re­late to. A lot has to do with our per­sonal lives and the stage of lives we are in.

‘‘You know we are a com­pli­cated gen­er­a­tion that needs a lot at­ten­tion for you to un­der­stand. Artists like Ken­drick La­mar, J Cole; that cat­e­gory helps us think­ing wise when writ­ing about those type of stuff,” says Shane.

“We ul­ti­mately want to prove that we have got what it takes to be out there get­ting paid like every­one else who is,” they say.

In the dark tale that is the track I Con­fess for ex­am­ple, they drop a line that shows they know they are a hand­ful. “Am turn­ing 18 but am a men­ace now . . . ”

And it gets darker still lyri­cally. “Sorry but you heard me . . . Rest in peace to my cousin Ty­rone. Who­ever shot him and he did get away. If it’s black they don't even in­ves­ti­gate!” sings Kidthrill.

If any­thing, deep in the bel­low of the Bu­l­awayo un­der­ground, Hip Hop lives and has an awe­some fu­ture at the hands of un­known stars like these. They are Ca­nis Ma­joris in the flesh!

Kidthrill

Shaney­oung

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