Four of main hip-hop acts in the country have been short listed for honours in recognition of their contribution to the movement.
The four hip-hop giants, Young Kay, Mandela (Third Eye), BarryOne and Cyclone are slated to be honoured in what is dubbed as ‘Hip Hop Honors’ show at Blue Diamond, Blantyre this Saturday.
The event organized by Chambo Entertainment is also expected to bestow a special honour on FM 101 radio DJ Ken Wako aka Kenny Klips for his contribution and promotion of hip-hop music in Malawi.
In separate interviews with FM 101 radio over the week, the four acts described the event as a motivating concept.
“This means that there people out there who are able to recognize our talent and effort to put hip hop music on the map,” Mandela said.
“It’s an overwhelming gesture, and for me as an artist, I am proud to be part of the list to be honored. It means that our efforts are worth praise,” said Young Kay in another interview during Gowelo Beatz program on Tuesday night.
One of the event’s organizers, DJ Captain Chinga (Chinga Mpinganjira), said they came up with the concept as one way of empowering and recognizing the four short listed hip-hop artists’ contribution to the movement, which for years has been regarded as alien.
“There might pioneers of hip-hop music in Malawi, but these four guys are the ones that managed to make the movement accepted and recognized in the country,” Chinga said.
However, conspicuously missing on the list is one of the local hip hop icons the self-acclaimed Nyau King (Tay Grin), the Daredevils, Dominant 1, Phyzix, among others. There was no explanation from the organizers why such artists were left out of the honors.
Apart from receiving the honors, the four artists will perform renditions from the two dead world’s hip-hop giants Notorious B.I.G and 2 Pac. They will also perform songs from their respective albums.