The Herald (Harare)

15 December 2012

Zimbabwe: Synik Wins Hip-Hop Awards

Little known rapper Synik real name Gerald Mugwenhi scooped three awards outclassing long serving rappers, Maskiri, Stunner and MC Chita at the just ended Hip-hop awards held at 7Arts Theatre on Wednesday.

Synik won the Best Hip-hop Newcomer Award, Best Collaboration, all songs coming from his 2012 album SynCity and the most coveted Best Hip-hop Album of the Year.

The youthful rapper, who was accompanied by his mother, said he was excited to win big on the night.

"I'm very happy to be honoured with these awards, truly it shows that people love and appreciate Hip-hop music and it is going to mark my breakthrough. I want also to thank my mom for accepting and championing my music career, it would have been tougher without her," he said.

The "PowerCut" singer was hailed by Media, Information and Publicity Minister Webster Shamu, who was the guest of honour at the awards ceremony.

Minister Shamu, who is also the patron of Zimbabwe Union of Musician, gave Synik's mother Mrs Ruwadzano Mugwenhi US$100 prize money for supporting her son.

Synik's producer Begotten Son won the Producer of the Year Award in recognition of the 12-track album which is a masterpiece.

The night also saw decorated H-town King Tatae Da MC scooping two awards for Best Video of the Year and Best Song of the Year for his track H-Town beating Maskiri, who only walked away with one accolade of the night for Best Male Hip-hop Artiste.

Other winners of the night include flamboyant gospel rapper Mudiwa Mutandwa who is on tour of the United Kingdom, Alkanemo won Best Free Stylist, Trae Yung won the Best Female Hip-hop artiste. Stunner took the Peoples' Choice Award.

Fast rising Hip-hop dance group Anti-Virus from the city of kings and queens Bulawayo won category ahead of energetic Flip-Floppers who struggled to cheer the crowd on the same night.

The Hip-hop awards celebrated their first anniversary and held under the theme "Hip-hop is alive, Hip-hop is a life and Hip hop is a business" as an initiative of aspiring entrepreneurs led by Aldrian (Beefy) Harrison.

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