Since coming onto our screens earlier this year, Hiphop 263 has become a breath of fresh air and a show that quite a number of music fan...

Since coming onto our screens earlier this year, Hiphop 263 has become a breath of fresh air and a show that quite a number of music fans now look forward to seeing every Friday night when it is flighted on the national broadcaster, Ztv.
Hiphop 263 is of course a show whose sole purpose is to give local hiphop a platform to not only showcase their talent but be seen and heard as well.
Having seen through the inaugural season of Hiphop 263, we sought out the man behind it all, Naboth Rizzla and below is more on what he had to say regarding the show:

When was Hip hop 263 first aired on television and what was the feeling like for you?
Hip Hop 263 was first aired sometime in 2016. It was such an amazing experience. It felt really good to see the work we had been working hard on finally get a shot on a national platform like ZTV and sharing it with the whole country and parts of Africa thanks to DSTV.
How often does the show air on tv?
Hip Hop 263 airs every Friday from 9.40pm on ZTV or Channel 280 on DSTV. We however, managed to have an exclusive Christmas Episode air on Boxing Day 2016 during prime time and this was quite a huge accomplishment for the tv show.
Is this a one man effort or you have a team behind you?
I have a team that helps make all this possible. A Big shout out to Da Kompozitioner, now based in Cape Town for supporting the dream and making it possible. Teamwork makes the dream work.
What did it take for you to put together such a show?
I had to come up with a team that understood the concept and idea of what I was trying to come up with. Then from thereon it was easy as everyone just had to play their position and everything else took care of itself.
What inspired you to come up with such a show?
My love for hiphop pushed me to work on this particular tv show. Like most hiphop fans out there, we all got tired of not seing proper representation of hiphop on TV so we naturally got together and started working. Instead of complaining, I saw opportunity and started talking to Trey Ncube, an accomplished film maker and before long the idea came to life.
Who is your target audience?
Our target audience is mainly the youth. We wanted to give the youth a reason to tune-in to ZTV every week. As a person who grew up watching ZTV and enjoying the programming back then, I wanted to give to the youth a show that they can follow and identify with everytime they tuned in to ZTV.

What do you aim to achieve through this show?
We want to showcase the vast talent the whole country has to offer in terms of the Hiphop Culture. From music, fashion, burnouts, entrepreneurship, rap battles, spoken word, graffiti, break dance, beatbox and so much more. We hope to inspire new talent to take this professionally and educate people on what Hiphop Culture is all about, thereby creating an industry in the process.
How has the response from the public to the show been like thus far?
It has been overwhelmingly good. There has been lots of positive comments. People actually want the show to go on for an hour instead of the 30mins it’s currently on. So, this is really inspiring. We are definitely going to do more in the second season.
What do you have in store for this program in 2017?
We will be taking the show and shooting in different cities all around Zimbabwe. The idea is to capture the Hiphop Culture first hand as it unfolds and showcase the different styles that make Zimbabwe Hiphop unique. So if you want to take part in this process or want us to come out to your city, event or you have something you want to share with Zimbabwe please email us at wearehiphop263(at) and we will see how we can work towards making that happen.
Any areas that you feel you can improve upon?
Oh yes definitely, there are quite a few areas that we would like to improve upon in the new year. At times, we might have wanted go and showcase this culture in different locations but because of logistics and budgets we are limited. We do hope to collaborate with corporates in making this happen so we can do more for not only the tv show but local hiphop as well.
Give us some background and a bit more detail into just who Naboth RIZLA is…?
Naboth RIZLA is tv show presenter & producer for Hip Hop 263. He is also a radio show presenter with an Application on the Google Play Store called the Naboth Rizla Application. I also co-own Grapevine Clothing an urban apparel clothing brand that I started in 2005. Naboth Rizla is an accomplished independent journalist having contributed to international websites and South Africa’s Hip Hop Magazine called Hype. I also Rap and have performed on internationally recognised stages like the Shoko Festival for example. So you can get my music from my website or more info on Hip Hop 263 at
Besides Hip Hop 263, what other projects are you involved in?
I have an Application called the Naboth Rizla Application that is a FREE download on the Google Play Store allowing people to listen to our radio shows from Zim, Zambia, UK and USA. It’s all about Hip Hop so if you love Hip Hop make sure you check it out. Otherwise follow me on twitter @nabothrizla Thank You for this opportunity. Peace and Love #thegrindneversleeps


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