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New Music: AKA - The World is Yours

He has been working hard and even announced it on his Instagram that new music was coming so when AKA performed two new tracks at the Idols S.A. finale fans were excited and most of us in entertainment.
Within hours Supamega dropped one of the tracks 'The World is Yours' which has a rather interesting blend to it as it is hip hop meets experimental whilst maintaining that South African flavour.
Just in time for the holidays we want to know if AKA gave you all a great present for your holiday playlist? Listen to the track below:

What We Are Watching: Empire Season 3 Episode 7

Episode 7 of FOX Empire didn't air last Wednesday (Nov. 23) however fans can expect more sizzling drama this Wednesday as the Lyons continue to fight for survival. In the promo for the upcoming episode Cookie hosts a dinner for her new boo Angelo's mother, played by the legendary actress Phylicia Rashad but trust Lucious to ruin things by divulging the Lyons dysfunctional family. We will also find out more about Cookie's past with her sisters and father which should make viewers understand her better.

Who's looking forward to the next episode?

Watch: Di'ja 'Sowemo' Video

We have missed Mavin Records Di'ja and she returns with the visuals for her Afro ballad 'Sowemo' The gorgeous visuals show African life in its simplicity and includes scenic views. The singer is dressed in long beautiful dresses whilst donning black hair with silver highlights.

New Music: Arcane ft Teysean 'The Underdog Story'

On first listen you would think that this could be a track for a movie soundtrack. Poet and rapper Arcane released his first offering titled 'The Underdog Story' and also features fairly new artist Teysean on the hook.Like the title the track shares the narrative of being the underdog the struggles and the hustled to have a better life. Produced by Arlington Taylor a.k.a Aytee who has worked on a number of prolific  projects including the SAHHA nominated mixtape 'Ground Zero' by Gigi LaMayne; the hip hop track meets a cinematic angle that paints pictures as you listen to it.
You can check out 'The Underdog Story' on Arcane's Soundcloud.

A Staged Reading Of Anowa By Ama Ata Aidoo

Directed  By Sandra Chidawanyika-Goliath

Almasi is pleased to present a staged reading of Anowa on the 17th of December 2016, 5pm at Zimbabwe German Society. Directed by Sandra Chidawanyika-Goliath , the staged reading will feature experienced and aspiring actors.

Anowa is Ama Ata Aidoo's play about the conflicts which arise when a strong-willed young woman named Anowa rejects tribal conventions, elopes with Kofi Ako, the man of her own choice and is forced to live in self exile.

Set in the late 19th century in Ghana, this play takes us through the emotions Anowa goes through when she soon finds that after she helps Kofi start a business and they become rich, all the wealth they have accumulated is no consolation for her inability to conceive and bear a child.  Additionally, when Kofi Ako becomes involved with the slave trade despite Anowa’s protests, she realizes that he is not the man she thought he was. This leads to a breakdown of their marriage, and a tragic end for both.


Nandi and Zakes Welcome Baby Boy

Congratulations to Nandi Madida and Zakes Bantwini who welcomes their first child together.According to Destiny Magazine the couple welcomed their baby boy a few days after Nandi's baby shower thrown by close friend Minnie Dlamini.Nandi is on the cover of the December issue of Destiny Magazine where she shares about her career, being married and being a mother for the first time.

Listen: Tendex and Tytan 'Baya'

One word, 'Bye'! Well that's what the protagonists of this song are saying. Tendex and Tytan team up on this nice blend of Afro Pop and Zimbabwean flavour on the song 'Baya' which means 'go'! Tendex shines on this song with his vocals as he shares that he doesn't want his time wasted whilst Tytan delivers his laid-back rap verse in vernacular.
Tendai 'Tendex' Madzviti is no newbie to the local music industry as he is a graduate from the Zimbabwe College of Music, as well as a singer-songwriter. Tendex is vocally gifted and diverse in genres as when he does R&B you think of Omarion or Trey Songz while he can sing soulful gospel notes or go traditional and Afro Pop. He is tbe leaf vocalist of a band called the Luggards whe in the past year and a half touring and backing award-winningZimbabwean diva Ammara Brown- whom he shares a perfection of the art of live performance as Tendex is a brilliant dancer and performer. 'Baya' is a solo p…

Sharky Gets MTV Base Recognition

We can't think of anybody more deserving, (okay a few), but congratulations Chitungwiza native, rapper Sharky who received recognition from MTV Base Africa as the newcomer recently featured on their website.The young man has enjoyed a great year with currently four Zim Hip Hop Awards nominations including 'Album of the Year' for his critically acclaimed album 'Soko Matemai'. Sharky has utilised very space that he can including travelling to Senegal for the Festa 2H festival as performing Shoko Festival, Unplugged Zimbabwe and MosaicSharky is one of the top MVPs for the 'Class of 2016' and is definitely one to watch on the years to come.

Lorreta Takes Over The Music Industry

Out of Durban KZN comes a very swaggered vocalist that has the R&B flair that reminds us of the late Aaliyah.
Her melodic voice mesmerizes her listeners and her music has everyone ( Young & Old) on the dance floor shaking.
With the brains of an academic, a graduate of the University of KZN and the sharp acumen of an entrepreneur, business owner.
Lorreta also known as Cindy Hlubi, is not chasing a dream but is ahead of it .
She is the dream that the music industry has been waiting for, a business savvy all-round performer and an accomplished artist.
Her delivery is flawless and her vocal capability accompanied by the mellow grooves of her all round female band, really leaves you wanting more.
As an independent artist, her debut single, "Mood" contains an interpolation of a sound that is synonymous with Hip-hop heads - a melody that once took the world by storm.
This sound provides a modern interpretation of the "Do For Love" song  by the legendary Tupac Ama…

Thandiswa Mazwai Album release

After signing a deal with Universal Music South Africa, multi award winning musician Thandiswa Mazwai will be releasing her third album 'Belede' on November 25 on all digital music platforms.In several interviews Thandiswa has shared that 'Belede' is a jazz tribute to her mother.The album will be launched this Thursday 24 November.

Slam Emporium Goddess of the Mic

GM: Welcome to Groove Magazine Mercy. Tell us about the Slam Emporium and how it came to be?

MD: Thank You. The Slam Emporium is an initiative run by the House of Menka (a Zimbabwean Trust founded by my husband, Tafadzwa Gwetai) and its South African partners Sun Disc Photography and Mose Art Studios. We host regular poetry slams and shows in Polokwane, South Africa.  The initiative is aimed at creating platforms for artistic growth for spoken word artists.
How it came to be? Well, when I left Zimbabwe in 2005 to pursue my undergraduate studies at the University of Limpopo, I came from a little hip hop community in Bulawayo that nourished my artistic growth. And on campus, the closest thing I could find to a hip hop community was a poetry society that I soon became a part of. Even when I finished my studies, a poetry and hip-hop community existed, with regular poetry events happening, around Polokwane where I was now working. But around 2014, things had gone quiet, with poetry shows h…

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South African Hip Hop Awards 2016 Nominations

The nominees for the fifth edition of the South African Hip Hop Awards #SAHHA were announced yesterday and this year's nominations are pretty interesting as well as impressive.

Leading the awards is casspernyovest who's pretty much in most categories singularly and as part of collaborations, AKA, Emtee , Kwesta and Nasty C also have a solid number of nominations.

The ladies also have received their recognition with  Fifi Cooper leading the pack with almost ten nominations while Gigi laMayne is up for Mixtape of the Year and Hustla of the Year amongst her four nominations and Nadia Nakai is up for Best Female and Best Collaboration.

Themed “Who Wants to be a Billionaire?”, the SA Hip Hip Awards will be held on the 14th of December, at the Lyric Theatre in Johannesburg, with comedian Nina Hastie and actor and MC Batsile Ramasodi as the hosts.

The 2016 SA Hip Hop Awards will premiere on MTV Base (DSTV Channel 322) Monday, 26 December.

Check out the full nominees list here:


2016 Zim Hip Hop Awards

2016 will be remembered as the year that Zimbabweans made great music that crossed borders and with that said the nominees for the 2016 Zim Hip Hop Awards were announced.

Leading the pack with seven nominations is Bulawayo's @iamcal_vin, while Jnr Brown has six nominations and Afro Pop cum trap artist @takuralife has five nominations.

Other interesting nominations include @iamsharkyzim who has three nominations including 'Best Album' for his critically acclaimed debut album 'Soko Matemai', while @prophecyofficialzw is up for 'Best Gospel' and @tytantheone finds himself in the 'Best Alternative' category alongside @tehndiamond and @simbatagz

The awards will be held on 15 December in Harare at 1+1,Long Chen.

Check out the nominees below

Best male

Jnr Brown

Best female

Black Perl

Best Group

Kontrol Tribe
Burg Boyz
Winner Circle
Doller Sign Music
Yedu Entertainment

Best Producer

Yung Nash
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Watch: Justine Skye ft Wizkid ‘U Don’t Know’ Music Video

Justine Skye is reluctant to fall in love in the video for her recent collaboration with Star Boy Wizkid on the song ‘U Don’t Know’.

The video has one room shots with Justine giving the camera some seductive gazes and dance moves. Wizkid comes in to share a few effortless lines on the R&B, dancehall song whilst flirting with Justine. There’s also intensity between Justine and a certain mysterious man she pushes him up the wall while the video also goes to a small crowded room with people dancing.

Watch what can happen in a room with four walls and neon lights in the video below:

What are your thoughts on the video?

New Music: Junior Brown ft Tytan, Shasha & Yagi Dojo-KaLyf KemaBoss

And good Zimbabwean music keeps rolling in but we are not complaining.

This time around the latest track from four artists who could make a quartet, offering audiences a mid-tempo, urban hip hop track called ‘KaLyf Kemaboss’; a collaborative single by chart-topping, hip-hop artist Junior Brown as well as the girl with vocal diversity R&B singer, Shasha, ‘King Mukoko’ and man of the moment, Tytan and surprisingly making his artistry feature is renowned producer Yagi Dojo.

The song which was also produced by Yagi Dojo at BlindFaith Studios, is relatable as the collaborators share a Zimbabwean perspective of bossing it up in these streets, from the struggle to the hustle and just celebrating that no matter what, you are the boss.

Junior Brown reminds fans why he is still relevant as he delivers some really attention-grabbing punch lines in his rap verse in vernacular and Tytan offers his alternative rap style as well in his mother tongue too. Being the only lady on the line-up, Shas…

John Legend Shares "Darkness And Light" Album Tracklist & Release Date

After releasing his first official single off the follow-up to his 2013 album, 'Love In The Future'. John announced that his fifth album,Darkness and Light, will be released on Dec. 2 and is already available for pre-order.The project’s cover art features Legend in the shadows, shot in a grainy neck-up portrait and follows the tradition of soul/R&B music that celebrates love and challenges indecency according to Blake Mills who's a co-producer on the project. The album carries the theme of love inspired by Legend's wife and muse Chrissy Teigen as well as his daughter Luna and the social injustices that have been occurring in the US and around the world, as part of John's philanthropic and social activism.Darkness and Light will contain 14 records in total & feature guest appearances from Chance The Rapper,Miguel & Brittany Howard (“Darkness My Light”).Check out the track list below:1. I Know Better
2. Penthouse Floor (feat. Chance the Rapper)
3. Darknes…

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