The Shoemaker has expressed his concerns on the King Cal_Vin issue, which is silently being taken out of our picture before justice has been served. The Shoemaker, just like everyone, is impatiently waiting for the law to break the silence and give closure.
The Case is way too long overdue and justice must be served for Calvin Nhliziyo.
The silver-tongued Nyanja rapper has addressed his concerns through his coming cypher titled “Choyamba.’
Choyamba(meaning the first one) is the first single to be released from his 9-track Nyanja project.
The cypher will feature elite rappers such as P.O.Y, M.U.S.E, Orthodox Six, Mr Kata and Prozac making it to the list.
We had an interesting interview with the artist, The Shoemaker. Let’s find out what the artist had to say about the cypher and his lifestyle.
The Shoemaker Interview
- 01. What drew you to the project in the first place? Was marketing a factor, or was it word of mouth, or something else? I’m working on my first Nyanja project with 9 songs, so I figured it would be a good thing to feature some of the dopest old school artists like myself and what better way than a cypher.
- 02. Did this project grab you on first hearing, or did it need repeated listening before you started enjoying it? Why do you think that is? Was there deliberate attempt at accessibility? It’s always different when you are part of the recording and engineering process than when you just hear the project when it’s done. So I liked it from the get go.. I knew it was going to be fire!
- 03. Does the whole project fit into a particular musical genre, or does it borrow from multiple forms? Can you spot key influences? Have these been merely copied or has there been development, updating or reworking? What was most original about the music? The project is pure hip hop with an MLK skit in the beginning but it is definitely a hip hop project.
- 04. Were you affected emotionally by the music? Can you identify particular moments when this happened? Did these moments reflect or coincide with intensity in the lyrics? I mean, yeah, the lines are coming in hard and they slap. It always throws me into an emotional moment though when guys talk about Cal_Vin. Coz that’s a chapter that hasn’t been closed, we haven’t found closure you know..
- 05. Does the project stick in your mind because of the lyrics? Haha! For me as a rapper definitely, i mean I could literally lip sinyc the whole cypher.. The whole project is a lyrical high point for me
- 06. Is there a consistent lyrical style through the project, or a range? Is it immediately accessible, or does it require reflection? Do you sense that this is deliberate? Nah there is no consistency in the lyrical style… I mean you’re talking about 6 of the deadliest lyricists in the Hiphop capital of Zim…
- 07. Were there any key ideas or images which were inventive or which worked particularly well? Or some that were less successful? Its a cypher, so every rapper just has to go in as hard as they can.
- 08. Did any lyrics allude to other songs (previous songs made) , ideas or art-forms? Is there any religious themes that get appropriated or subverted? Nah. None
- 09. Does the project express the point of view of different persona and characters? Or does it seem more autobiographical? Or perhaps observations and reflections on historical or contemporary events and and situations? Yeah, the guys still address the King Cal_Vin issue. Like I had said we still have not found closure so it’s still vital to talk about it at any given chance
- 10. What does the project’s title reveal, if anything, about the project’s impact and themes? Choyamba means The first one. Meaning that this is the first of many other IIWIIS MUSIC CYPHERs to come
- 11. Do you detect any clear purpose in the way the project is structured? Is there a sense of progression or grouping? Or does it seem more like a string of stand-alone tracks? I deliberately selected the old school cats who are also older of age to show these youngsters that we still run this game. Shout out to everyone who made it onto the project.
- 12. Are there hints of a consistent, underlying worldview through the project? What does it say about the nature of reality, morality or humanity? Are there ways in which this engages with, endorses or even challenges, a Christian worldview? How should we respond? We didn’t discuss that on any level. Cyphers are about bars and showcasing skill. It might have certain provocation to any listener but that was not decisively discussed amongst us.
The Shoemaker Interview Part 02
- 01. If you didn’t become a musician, what would you be doing right now? Lol.. It’s funny because I’m actually doing everything that I wanted to do as well as doing music.
- 02. What do you feel is the best song you’ve ever released and why? Songs are like children, you can’t love one and leave out the others… And yes, i have kids so i know the feeling.. Lol I don’t know which one is the best, that’s also for the fans to like and listen to
- 03. Which musician would you like to collaborate with next ? I think a Jazz/Hiphop fusion by The Shoemaker and Qeqeshiwe is long overdue.
- 04. f you can have your fans remember one thing about you, what would it be? He was the most relatable celebrity ever. I always like for fans to know that we are also human at the end of the day… In our uniqueness we are still as vulnerable, sad, joyful and loving as they are. And by the way I don’t usually call them fans.. They are family.
- 05. If you could be a fruit, which one would you be and why? On a scale of 1-10, how good is your new single compared to your last one? I would want to be a banana. Available throughout the year, very handsome to look at, tastey on the inside and one of the healthiest fruits in the world. I think the people would best rate my single on that scale, my job as an artist is to tell a story
- 06. If you could date a local musician (Or Celebrity), who would it be and why? Hahaha… I’m way past the dating game by now. I no longer look at fellow celebrities with that eye… I’m a happily married man.
- 07. Do you think you could get any better as a musician?And If so, how would you achieve that? I definitely think there’s always room to outdo oneself as a musician. I know I would be better if I had enough resources to dedicate all my time to music.. Unfortunately or fortunately I have businesses to tend to.
- 08. If you had one message to give your fans, what would it be? Be yourself, everyone else is taken. It is what it is ntwana!
The Choyamba cypher will be released on the 17th of this month.