Fresh out of Zimbabwe, we have Vibranium Riddim. Produced by Riddim World Records and Big League Music, the Riddim showcases dancehall coming straight out of Harare. With close ties to the Rastafarian and conscious community in JA, Zimbabwe has always looked to invite Jamaican dancehall and reggae artists to tour the country. Sizzla and Capleton sent shockwaves through the country in 2010 paving the way for other artists like Tarrus Riley, Elephant Man, Beenie Man, Busy Signal, Mr Vegas, Konshens, and Mavado who followed suit over the years.
Zimbabwe’s musical relationship with Jamaica began in 1979 when Bob Marley crowned Independence celebrations in the National Stadium. Bob Marley released a celebratory song titled Zimbabwe which became a liberation anthem, cementing a close relationship between the countries.
On a dancehall tip, Vibranium Riddim is something you would expect from the likes of Vybz Kartel, Alkaline, or Busy Signal. With rap bars to boot, the artists mix English and Shona, which is the official language in Zimbabwe to deliver their message. Asserting themselves as the cream of ghetto youths, Don Creety, MC Pattexx, and Dunger Lee & Smartex lay it all for the world to listen to on the riddim.
Looking to get a foothold in the industry Don Creety has a few notable tracks which include Hustlers Anthem and Hype Life. MC Pattexx and Dunger Lee & Smartex belong in a similar bracket and look to expand their fanbase from their local stronghold to an international audience.
It would be interesting to hear my Jamaican brethren on the riddim. Vibranium Riddim has that old-school drum line synonymous with the dancehall of old, topped with a modern electronic melody. This is a classic example of how universal music is, as that familiar dancehall sound has transcended into Zimbabwe’s musical culture. Have a listen to the dancehall coming out of Harare and find the similarities to what you would hear from Kingston Jamaica.
- Don Creety – Nuh Average Gal
- MC Pattexx – Clean
- Dunger Lee & Smartex – Touch Touch (Radio Edit)
- Dunger Lee & Smartex – Touch Touch (Raw)
- Riddim World Records – Vibranium Riddim Instrumental