He is back on Zimbabwean soil this week and his homecoming is being celebrated in style with an “Abra Simzz Welcome Party”, which is being held on Saturday 16 July. It promises to be a bash to remember with a dazzling list of appearances and performances by several talents. The dazzling list includes Stunner; Abra DJ’s Nash and Kritical; Sniper Storm; King Shaddy and Cynthia Mare; just to mention a few.
As a producer, Simzz has continued to grow over the years and consequently, so has Abra Tribe as a production company. Abra Tribe has numerous hits which have graced the Zimbabwe national airwaves, such as “Rise Up Zimbabwe” and “Born Champions”, the monster tracks executive produced by Simzz. In 2011 alone, they have worked on numerous projects, including the release of a powerfully-inspirational and empowering track called, “We are Africans”, which featured Jusa Dementor; Bkay n Kazz; Cynthia Mare; Roby Gee; Jonah Sithole; TK Paradza and the long-awaited return of Decibel. The track belongs to the Nigerian star, JJc, who also shot the video which currently plays on MTV Base, Channel O and other African music networks. 2011 also saw them collaborate with Jamaica Hawkeye, in a track called, “Imagine If”, which was on the charts on Power Fm.
I asked Simzz what he thinks of the current state of the Zimbabwean Music industry. “I believe the Zimbabwean Music industry is very healthy. The Zimbabwean Dancehall industry is particularly alive and kicking. The amount of talent coming out of the country is amazing. I think the industry is growing rapidly and in a few years will be recognised across Africa as one of the best alongside Nigeria & South Africa.” In keeping in line with my vision of encouraging others, I had to ask what his advice is to those who aspire to be a success in the music industry. “Any young artists need to realize that this is a business and I can tell you now that sadly, it does not just require talent to make a name for yourself. The most important thing to remember is that hard work always pays off in the end, so keep grinding, but ensure you have a goal and a clear vision.”
Abra Tribe is continuously making moves to expose the raw talent in the Motherland and as such have recently signed a few local Zimbabwean producers and artists, in the hopes of expanding locally and internationally, raising our flag high. Some of the artists are Lady Bee, “the Zim Dancehall Queen”, as she has been crowned; Abra Josmas and Ziggy Zee (producer/artist).
And last but not least, on a lighter note...who are some of Simzz’s favourite artists? “There are too many to mention, but a few artists I have followed for a while are Dflex, Rickie Perplex and Dhadza D. I am yet to work with the first two, but I’m currently working on something with Dhadza D.”
*SUPPORT SIMZZ/ABRA TRIBE:
*ABRA WELCOME PARTY
Date: Saturday, 16 July 2011
Venue: Redfox Hotel (opposite Honeydew Farm), Greendale, Harare
Time: 9pm – 4am
*To learn more about the writer, Teurai, see www.teurai.com and www.elizabethchanakira.org