The inaugural Zim Hip Hop Summit, which began last year, will on 29 September hold its second edition at the Harare City Library from 9am to 5pm.
The summit which is a one day event will take place during Shoko Festival and was launched in 2017 to discuss pertinent issues about Zimbabwe’s Hip Hop industry.
Important individuals within the hip-hop community will come together to share knowledge and information that artists, promoters, managers, media and regulatory/authoritative bodies can use to proactively improve the state of the industry.
In line with the structure launched at the inaugural edition, the Summit will be made up of 3 panel discussions that will explore important aspects of the Zim hip-hop industry.
Organisers of the summit said they have enlisted the help of top musicians, activists, business people and enthusiasts to give holistic discussions taken from first-hand experience of working within Zimbabwe’s hip-hop industry.
The 2018 line-up includes multi-platinum selling artist Don Dada; Owner of Punchline Media, Shingai Darangwa; Veteran Music Producer Clive Mono Mkundu; Political Commentator and
music enthusiast KF Malindi Jnr; MisRed; Lochnation; Zim Mumhanzi, Lincoln Prez, Hip Hop Artists Kikky Badass and Asaph; Mc Cut, Prezzo and KIRF Host Brian Willis, amongst others.
Building on the discussions of last year, the panels will examine Hip Hop and Tech: Production, Digital Marketing and Branding in a Digital Age; Building a Sustainable Business Model; and Hip Hop and Power, respectively.An exciting new addition to this years summit is that of an interactive cypher taking place during the panel discussion breaks. This is one of the elements of hip-hop and will allow members of the hip-hop community to drop their best bars.
Zim Hip Hop Summit PR & Communications manager Amanda Murimba said that they wanted to add a different element to the summit so as to build on the conversations and ideas from last year’s event.
“We wanted to add a different element to the summit. MCing forms ones of the pillars of Hip Hop (The others being Graffiti, BBoying, Djing abd Knowledge) and we figured it’s a great way to build on the conversations and ideas from last year’s event,” said Murimba.
“It’s interactive, fun and it also gives a platform to people from the Hip Hop community to speak their minds and interact with different people at our event. It’s one way to get the community to actually do something together but it’s also just a fun way to interact in between our panel discussions.”
“Hopefully people step up to challenge and we get to see and showcase some talent.”
Attendees can look forward to a fresh line up of panelists eager to engage on issues related to the Hip Hop Industry, practical talks with knowledge on how to use digital media to build your brand and a take on what hip hop’s role is in relation to social, economic and political issues faced by communities.