Kazz 'Mr Boomslang' endorses Zimdancehall



By Peter Tanyanyiwa
UK-BASED Afro-pop singer Kazz 'Mr Boomslang' real name Farhaan Khan has confirmed that he is in the studio with a number of upcoming Zimdancehall artists.
The artist was speaking to Urban Craft during a recent visit back home.
Kazz said that he saw it appropriate to collaborate with upcoming artists so as to help them market their brands. He went on to add that he was not just working with just any Zimdancehall artists but dancehall artists with the potential to blow up and become the next big thing on the international stage.
"Yes, I am now based in the United Kingdom but my roots are here in Zimbabwe and I am a proud MwanaweVhu so I saw it appropriate to collaborate with the upcoming artists from my land, he said.
"I chose the Zimdancehall genre because that is the most popping genre at the moment in Zimbabwe and no one can despite that, I have been in the music industry for a while now and I believe I have created some strong connections hence I feel that the upcoming artists can benefit from that.
"I have every opportunity to work with established artists from every genre but I have chosen Zimdancehall upcoming artists who need that last push to shine, why? because I know that there is some fresh dancehall out there", said Kazz.
"I am not just going to be working with anyone but the most promising artists that I feel have what it takes to break into the international market, I will mention one artist I have been in the studio with during my time in Zimbabwe this May, Nutty O.
"I have been watching this artist for some time and he is really talented, we have been in the studio recording a collaboration titled In the Mix and it is yet to be mastered. We have high hopes to shoot the video of this track in July when Nutty O will be having his UK Tour", he added.

Kazz himself stormed onto the international scene with sibling B-kay and together they formed duo 'B-kay and Kazz'. At the start of their music career, the duo set up their own production house called Prizm Inc. where they recorded some of their earliest songs like My Brother My Sister, Come Together and 2005 hit Ndikati Hello, a collaboration with Urban Grooves artist Decibel.
The duo's debut album, In the Beginning, went straight to the top of the charts and driven by the success of the album, they decided it was time to explore the western market and left Zimbabwe to set up base in the UK.
Riding on the success of the competition, Bkay and Kazz went on to release several successful albums such as Boomslang , African Spirit and Jigsaw in 2012. Some of their biggest singles include Amina Kadeya , 7 Wonders and You Know It's Right.
"I started producing music in 2003. We formed a company called Prizym Inc Studios and it kicked off from there. Intially, we started by producing for gospel acts as well as working with a lot of session musicians. We eventually started writing material and only dropped it from 2005 onwards.
"I think our music has been received really well back home. I cannot say it was easy to begin with but not everything comes easy and I guess thatis what makes it worth the while in the end. Internationally, we have ammassed quite a considerable following, the diaspora market is definitely a great one and I would say thatis the market we appeal to the most", said Kazz.

Kazz of the Bkay n' Kazz duo, popularly known as 'Mr_Boomslang' is now riding solo following a decision to take a break from music by his brother Bkay. Since going solo, Kazz has worked on several projects that include singles such as Sweet Gal, She's worth it, Can we make it work, Thinking of you, Tonight, Kudana and recently Bata Musana, he is currently working on a forthcoming single titled 'Walking with you'.
Apart from singing, Khan is also looking at the media industry as he aims at helping the local artists create good videos and music.
Mr_Boomslang, as he is affectionately known, said the visual side of the local arts industry needs an upgrade and encouraged investors to be part of the sector to help it to grow. He also touched on the arts management issue in which he highlighted how important it was for the so-called 'artist managers' to at least have an idea of how the music industry works on an international scale. That way, it lets the artist has more time to focus on the music rather than the whole business aspect.