Posted on 12/03/2010
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Hip-Hop / Rap
Began rapping aged 10 in Villa, Lusaka, Zambia after being inspired by Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five.
Influenced by Big Daddy Kane, NWA, Ice-T, Boogie Down Productions, Run DMC
Attended the Institute of Management of Information Systems (IMIS)
1999-Producer/Artist-Mondo Music Corporation. First professional release on local compilation called “The Rhythm Nation Project (Yo-Yamba).
2000-Began independent artist career & was featured on South Africa's “Harambe Dope Sessions.”
2001-Became face of Mosi Lager appearing on all of their print and electronic media in Zambia.
2002-2004-Voice of America based in Washington DC, appointed him as the coordinator of their Hip-Hop Connection Fan Club.
2004-Entered rap battle that aired live on South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) & took third place spot.
2005-partnered with Zambia’s Solid Rhythmz and together, released his hit album “Officer in Charge” making him the first Zambian to release a Hip-Hop album in that country.
2005-Featured in Future Music Magazine & reviewed by Tim Oliver. Two months later, became first Zambian to perform at The Channel-O Video Music Awards in South Africa.
2007-Featured in the UK’s Computer Music Magazine: May issue 112 receiving great reviews from industry insider Ronan MacDonald. Appeared on Mixtape by Jay-Z’s former disc jockey, DJ Green Lantern called MySpace Monster Mash and British disc jockey, DJ Ames, called US-UK Takeover which also featured other artists such as Craig David, Lil’ Wayne & many more.
Performed at numerous events including the Oxjam, organized by charity organization, Oxfam.
2007-Took part in the MTV Hugo Urban Rules & was selected amongst 15 people out of 400 entries. He made the final top 5 but did not make number one.
2008-Returned to Zambia & began working on second album, “Designer,” released in March the same year.
2009-Recorded a song for the International Labor Organization that spoke about Human Trafficking.
His label, Diamond Chain Services is now producing other artists and helping them get their careers started.
His video “Play On” has been aired on MTV Base and has been showing on that channel
His song, ‘Electric Boogie’ entered the YFM Hot 99 Hip-Hop charts hosted by South Africa’s top Hip-Hop Dj, C-Live at No. 10. It's peak position was No.2
While on promotional tour, he also conducted interviews with ETV of South Africa.
On 8th November, 2009, BBC Network Africa conducted an 8 minute interview with the artist in honor of his achievements as a Hip-Hop artist. They also discussed his musical background, beliefs and his stance on piracy. The interview was broadcast across Africa, Europe and heard by billions around the world.
Elected as Publicity Secretary of the Zambia Association of Musician's (ZAM) the governing body of music in Zambia.
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