Asaph goes kwaito on new single

Review and Mail Writer

Hip hop artist Takudzwa Karukwa better known as Asaph has finally released new music five months after becoming the first Zimbabwean artist to sign for Def Jam records.

The song titled Thebelele features South African rapper Loki.

When looslely translated Thebelele means “good life” and the groove of the song perfectly embodies the theme.

 Asaph switches it up from his conventional hip hop sound and draws inspiration of a genre from bygone eras.

The song is highly influenced by the nostalgic Kwaito sounds from the earlier part of the millennium.

It is a throwback to the era of artists such as TKZee, Mdu, Trompies and Mandoza to mention but a few.

However, Asaph and Loki skillfully infuse their modern rap flows on the vintage sound and the song is likely to blend well with both artists’ fan bases.

Loki also brings in the rough South African street flavor to the song. Seeing that this is the first time both artists have worked with artists from beyond their borders, the complementary energy was impeccable.

Kwaito played a huge part in shaping the South African music sound since the 1990s.

The early 2000’s saw the rise of hip-hop-infused Kwaito from the likes of Khuli Chana and HHP just to name a few.

 Asaph described Loki as talented and humble which allowed both of them to properly execute the track “Thebelele”.

The Bulawayo based rapper has previously found success with songs such as “Mambo” and monster hit “Ginde” which was a collaborative effort with TGonz and Crooger.

He got his break when he was signed by Def Jam Africa in December last year.

Def Jam Africa is Universal Music Group’s label dedicated to supporting the best in African hip-hop talent and culture across the continent whose reach extends into Francophone Africa.

Def Jam Africa launched in May 2020, as the first label dedicated to representing the best hip-hop, Afrobeats, and trap talent in Africa, and follows the blueprint of the iconic Def Jam Recordings label, which has led and influenced hip-hop and urban culture for more than 35 years.

Asaph is the only Zimbabwean artist signed to Def Jam Africa

Def Jam Africa has also signed artists such as Cassper Nyovest, Nasty C, Larry Gaaga, Boity, Nadia Nakai, Tellaman, Tshego, Ricky Tyler & Vector.

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