Cal Vin's Last Hurrah....?

Rapper ponders on the industry itself and more! Zimbabwean hiphop has made a lot of 'significant' strides in recent years an...

Rapper ponders on the industry itself and more!

Zimbabwean hiphop has made a lot of 'significant' strides in recent years and it is on the verge, or so we are told, but does the situation on the ground truly reflect what the media and majority of these artists themselves have been peddling for years now?
Does the airplay and these 'do it for the love of hiphop' shows directly translate into anything much for the artists and more importantly the industry itself or is everyone out there just 'keeping up appearances'?
That being said, we have however seen a spike in the number of hiphop acts from outside our boarders, albeit mostly from South Africa though, coming over for a perfomance or two.
So does this mean that our own local promoters are finally 'warming up' towards the genre?
Who better to give us the situation on the ground than award-winning hiphop artist, Cal Vin?
"I wouldn't go as far as to say that the promoters are now warming up towards local hiphop.
"In truth, most of them are actually disrespecting it, you have cases where they invite an international hiphop act but then choose to have dancehal artists as supporting acts.....that is undermining our culture.
"To make the situation worse, they underpay the local hiphop stars who are lucky enough to be on the lineup but the majority of whom are relegated to being mere opening acts", said Cal Vin, speaking to Urban Craft from his base in Bulawayo.

The award-winning rapper reckons that what the game needs are real hiphop promoters and he is not far off the mark on that one.
"The current crop of promoters is frustrating most of us out here because all they are doing at the end of the day is exploiting the culture for their own benefit and forgetting about the artists and the industry. Many of them could care less whether local hiphop grows or not.
"What local hiphop needs right now more than ever before are individuals, especially promoters that actually care about the culture itself and are interested in seeing it go further", he said.
In as much as the game needs more of these shows, the hiphop artist is of the view that we should not get carried away, and rightly so.
"We dont really need too many international acts because when you look at it, all they are doing is taking away all the money.
"There is a lot of money that is leaving the country but rarely any that is coming back in through these same channels.
"Currently, we do not have any artists locally, hiphop or otherwise that are bringing back any figure close to those that are going out and it is quite sad",
"These international acts are flocking here because they know that there is money here,  that is why there has been an influx of them in recent years", said Cal Vin.

The upcoming Cassper Nyovest gig does however give Cal Vin a chance to 'catch-up' with an old friend. He describes it as a unique opportunity and priviledge
"Perfoming alongside Cassper is and will always been a blessing. For me it is more like a long time friend coming back because we have established some kind of rapport over the years and every time that I see him, he always drops some knowledge.
"I am looking forward to seeing him again, seeing him perfom and hopefully sitting down and being able to pick his brain as well. I have leant quilte a lot from him over these last few years and believe that there's more that I could still learn", said the rapper.

But could this be the last we get to see of Cal Vin?
The hiphop artist says that after the upcoming Shoko fest, he just might take an 'indefinite break', a sabbatical of some sought from the game to reflect.
"My next show of note would probably be the Shoko Festival, the biggest hiphop fest in the country. I was supposed to headline last year's edition as well but I missed it because I was away in germany. Luckily enough I made it on the lineup again this year and I will be sure not to dissapoint.
"It might possibly be my last though........... ", he said.

"It has been long and feels like we are all running around in circles. I feel like I have over-excelled in my genre but got nothing to show for it. At the end of the day, the figures are just not adding up", he added.

The local industry is a far-cry from where everyone is made to believe and it would be foolish to even compare ourselves with our neighbours down south, Cal Vin concurs.
"Our South African counterparts are miles ahead of us and it is quite disheartening to look at our own industry.
"I feel our industry needs to improve and do so soon so as not to dissuade aspiring rappers out there. We definitely got a lot of catching up to do", said Cal Vin.

With 6 awards to his name and a long list of hits, he is regarded as one of the best talents to emerge on the local scene over the last decade.
"In this moment in time I feel like I have done what I possibly could and there is nothing left to give in as far as hiphop is concerned", he signed off, resignedly.

Cal Vin will also be present at the Hiphop Summit where he will be afforded time to share his own views and more as one of those who are scheduled to take to the podium and speak.



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Urban Craft Magazine: Cal Vin's Last Hurrah....?
Cal Vin's Last Hurrah....?
Urban Craft Magazine
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