May 14, 2014

No afrobeat, but amazing hiphop from Zimbabwe: The Monkey Nuts (free download)

March 2011 saw the arrival of one of the most talented musical acts to hit the Harare (Zimbabwe) indie music circuit. Four multitalented artists, brought together by their love for music, began their quest to share their unique blend of sounds with the rest of the world. They formed a band and christened it The Monkey Nuts. Theirs is an intelligent and profound mix of culture and music. Combining elements of hip-hop, rock and Afro-electro music. The Monkey Nuts are quickly becoming one of Zimbabwe’s best-known indie/alternative hip-hop acts.

Over the past year The Monkey Nuts have performed alongside international music acts from the U.K, South Africa, Germany, Botswana, Zimbabwe and the U.S. The Monkey Nuts headlined the Shoko International Spoken Word and Hip Hop festival (SEPT/2011) alongside Akala (UK: 2006 MOBO Award winner), Tumi and The Volume (South Africa’s Premiere Hip Hop band) Comrade Fatso and Chabvondoka (Zimbabwe’s leading Spoken word Artist) and Hired Gun (USA: Underground Emcee). 2012 has seen The Monkey Nuts performing with more local and international artists: The Arrows (S.A Pop Duo), Nomsa Mazwai (SAMA Award Winning Artist), Mic  Crenshaw (U.S Emcee), Natty (Atlantic Records Singer/Songwriter), DJ Andi Teichman (German Electro DJ). From the 29- 31 of December 2012, The Monkey Nuts shared the stage at the Victoria Falls Carnival, with artists like Oliver Mutukudzi (Zim/International Music Legend), Zahara (Multi SAMA Award Winning Artist), Zebra and Giraffe (SAMA Award Winning Rock Band), Graeme Watkins (S.A Idols Finalist), Shingai Shoniwa (Lead Singer/Bassist for The Noisettes) and many more.

2013 Kicked off with a SOLD OUT show at the HIFA 2013 showcase,a live performance where The Monkey Nuts Collaborated with French producer/Disc Jockey, DJ OIL and Mbira songstress Hope Masike.

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