Hip hop artists dominated last night’s show on the Chiwoniso Maraire main stage at Waterwhirld.
The show pulled together different genres including afro-fusion, dancehall and mbira, but it was hip hop that dominated with performers like Synik, Ewok, Jnr Brown, Monkey Nuts and the night’s main performer Khuli Chana setting the show on fire.
The Monkey Nuts were the first hip hop band on stage. They brought the house down with their collaboration with mbira songstress Hope Masike.
Recently on tour in South Africa, the Monkey Nuts set a high bar for the next performers, the multi-award winning rapper Synik and South African spoken word artist Ewok.
The two took the night to another level. Their collaboration dubbed Shoko Shook Up saw Ewok beat-boxing with Synik ‘spitting’ hardcore lyrics. They were certainly the crowd’s favourite with their lyrics speaking mainly of day-to-day issues.
Next up was local hip hop man of the moment Junior Brown who maintained the high bar with his vernacular rap receiving sing along. The crux of his performance was when he jammed his hits Madrinks and Kalife.
Towards the end of his performance Jnr Brown called on his Few Kings co-member Tehn Diamond and jammed to a couple of songs.
South African award-wining rapper Khuli Chana delivered an electric performance, seeing the crowd up on their feet for the duration of his show.
Despite the fact that he sang in his vernacular, which a large part of the audience did not understand, Chana’s performance was well received.
Other artists who performed at The Shutdown were Netsayi, dancehall menace Dhadza D, Pauline Gundidza and German DJs Symbiz sound.