3 YEARS AFTER TAKURA’S SHTDI: THE GAME CHANGER THAT SHAPED ZIM HIP HOP.

SHDTI album can be defined as the modern-day bible for every upcoming music artiste, you have to put in the work. Notably, before Takura no one could effortlessly rap and sing melodies on the same song.SHDTI set the motion to whatever was set to follow in the realms of Zim Hip Hop.

By George Mguni

Locally Trap was unheard of and rapping Shona on a Trap beat was taboo however the album successfully delivers a new sound through songs such as Ngoro YeMoto, Top Top(RIP Chipo) and Ndoda More which samples Emmanuel Makandiwa. The beat delivery and sound match the energy that the album embodies, ‘The feel good about yourself vibes because you can be anything if you do it.’’

An album with meaning, raw emotion and substance. Takura’s lyricism made it easy for the listener to relate to his music. The album pays tribute to his late sister Chipo and pays homage to his Mother who singlehandedly raised him and his sisters after the death of his Father.

A beautiful love story is told in SHDTI. Pre SHDTI In his song MaObama Takura mentions a line on how he is about to be a father and a year later he dedicates an entire song after the name of his newly born daughter “Dananai” April Shonhai.He also sings about the trouble of balancing his newfound fame and balancing his romantic relationships in ‘Ndanga ndisingazive.’Takura was successful in delivering an all-weather project for any mood. When it comes to music Takura, real name Takura Bernard Shonhai is a perfectionist and takes time to release his music to the fans. A music genius who has told his story endless times in his chart-topping

Friday 13 April 2018 will forever be a historical date in Zim music history. After dropping two masterpiece Extended Playlists. Takura had to drop the most anticipated Zim hip hop album. Simply titled Someone had to do it,’’ it forever shaped the face of Zim hip hop to this date.

SHDTI album can be defined as the modern-day bible for every upcoming music artiste, you have to put in the work. Notably, before Takura no one could effortlessly rap and sing melodies on the same song.SHDTI set the motion to whatever was set to follow in the realms of Zim Hip Hop.

Locally Trap was unheard of and rapping Shona on a Trap beat was taboo however the album successfully delivers a new sound through songs such as Ngoro YeMoto, Top Top(RIP Chipo) and Ndoda More which samples Emmanuel Makandiwa. The beat delivery and sound match the energy that the album embodies, ‘The feel good about yourself vibes because you can be anything if you do it.’’

An album with meaning, raw emotion and substance. Takura’s lyricism made it easy for the listener to relate to his music. The album pays tribute to his late sister Chipo and pays homage to his Mother who singlehandedly raised him and his sisters after the death of his Father.

A beautiful love story is told in SHDTI. Pre SHDTI In his song MaObama Takura mentions a line on how he is about to be a father and a year later he dedicates an entire song after the name of his newly born daughter “Dananai” April Shonhai.He also sings about the trouble of balancing his newfound fame and balancing his romantic relationships in ‘Ndanga ndisingazive.’Takura was successful in delivering an all-weather project for any mood. When it comes to music Takura, real name Takura Bernard Shonhai is a perfectionist and takes time to release his music to the fans. A music genius who has told his story endless times in his chart-topping

songs. The original leader of the New School never shot below the bar as far as delivery is concerned and SHDTI was no exception.

Having dropped STRIPPED EP in 2016 with his breakthrough single Zino Irema amongst other hits such Mungandidii, MaObama which made him a household name and he has never looked back ever since.

He cemented his run by appearing on a few singles as a guest feature amongst hip hop heads Tricky J and Ti Gonzi and still dropping his most memorable verse on Tiara Baluti’s Ndavapedzera Remix which served as a reminder that he was coming to take it all as the new King of Zim Hip Hop.

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