The multi hip hop award winning artiste Takura is indeed at loggerheads with stakeholders in the game. Hip Hop in Zimbabwe remains one of the best genres in the country detailing the urban fast life.
By Takudzwa Kadzura
In 2016 Takura came in and seized limelight to become a torch bearer in the development of ZimHip Hop. Everyone celebrated the birth of a star who had potential to push the genre further onto the mainstream. ZinoIrema, MaObama, Mai Mwana and several other hits topped charts and earned the artiste a seat in the galaxy of top musicians in the country. Takura had no haters to talk about. 2018 fans supported his proposal to bring Cassper Nyovest and fill HICC, something which has with time faded and now out of imagination.
He dropped a stellar album SHTDi in the same year and had, surprisingly one feature with the legend James Mpakula aka Jnr Brown. This is the time signs of individualism and pride started to show. Tanto Wavie, a fan by then remixed Takura’s album tracks in an obvious bid to attract attention and hell broke loose. Things turned sour when Tanto Wavie made waves with the remix of Jehovah which instantly became a hit. Takura and his management were not happy, again, surprisingly. It is alleged that they pushed Stewart Nyamayaro to take down the track from YouTube. However Tanto Wavie’s shenanigans paid off. The youngster reaped from the Takura jibes thrown in his banger Noise where Takura allegedly fires shots to these kids. Earlier on he is quoted in an interview saying, ‘mpfana uyuhaasitimbori palist yevanhu vachatombobuditsawo anything mulife…he has done everything the wrong way’. Giving Takura a benefit of doubt, perhaps Tanto Wavie should have at least approached Takura for the remixes but for a culture looking to grow collectively it would still not sound necessary.
Takura’s continued pomposity and unwillingness to support youngsters is now a topic in the hip hop streets. Mclyne Beats in the song ,Mukanya fires shots that are understood to be directed at Takura for the same reason, failure to work with youngsters and help the genre grow. Furthermore the Zvemoyo challenge is another case where Takura is guilty of playing games on upcoming youngsters. After promising that the winner of the challenge would earn a collaboration with him, the winner indeed was declared but the promise never materialized much to the amazement of his fans and those who keenly followed this challenge.
If this article could continue, it would end up serving as a blackmail on the Zim Hip Hop trendsetter. Failure to show up at the awards and tweeting that he is no longer doing hip hop are indicators that Zim Hip Hop artists should indeed focus on growing their brands without expecting endorsements. Takura remains an important player in the growth and expansion of Zimbabwean hip hop.