WHEN BEAUTY BECOMES THE BEAST: THE RISE OF MAMBOKADZI FROM THE MEAN STREETS OF ZIMBABWE

  • 2020-03-03

At the moment in Zimbabwe, dancehall music is the real deal. The genre has progressively become a household name with a massive following, especially among the younger generation. Thanks to the likes of Major E and Booker T for setting the ball rolling. In Zim-Dancehall, you could either use Jamaican lyrism or flow in local languages such as Shona and Ndebele. Although the genre is perceived as party music, Zim-Dancehall is an effective tool that highlights “the economic and socio-political issues” many Zimbabweans face in their daily hustle to survive.

So far, musicians that hold down the fort include Winky D, Jah Prayzah, Enzo Ishall, Tocky Vibes, Freeman, Souljah Love, Killer T and a host of others. Though the genre is male-dominated, there are ferocious queens you cannot mess with. Award-winning singers, Empress Shelly and Lady Squanda are amongst the fiercest female emcees to roam the south African country. However, one act we recently fell for is Daruler HKD, also known as “Mambokadzi”, which means “Queen”.  

Don’t be fooled by her pretty looks, she’s a beast on the microphone, and knows how to serve it raw and uncut. Groomed by her fellow artiste, Freeman, Mambokadzi is gradually rising through the ranks as one of the “tuff” seeds in the industry. Currently, her cover for “Silence”, a monster hit by Jamaican singer Popcaan is on always blast in our studios. Aside from that, she also has Mangoma Hatimire," "Pemberera Life" and "Ndakanyarara." You simply cannot love Zim-Dancehall and ignore Daruler HKD…she’s truly awesome!