After staging a “coup” at the 2018 Roil Bulawayo Arts Awards in May this year, Zifm´s national chart show the GTel Top 40 this weekend validated the legitimacy of the title as ASAPH scooped pole position with Dancehall king Winky D trailing behind.
The fete is one that calls for celebration not only for the artist not his city but for every hip hop head in the country. A genre that seems cursed and haunted by slumber.
In a prophetic decree that is slowly coming to pass, Asaph was quoted in The Chronicle of January 2018 saying ,
“2018 will be a year of great exploits in my career”. Five months later he won the Best Hip Hop artist award at the Bulawayo Arts Awards and a mont later he dropped a sizzling track titled Mambo which features The Dawgg and F McSwagg which was produced by Rayobeats.
Scores of people took to microblogging social platform Twitter to express their joy at the top charting.
In the song, Asaph waxes lyrical about his newly found crown and that its not a mirage but a reality that no one can refute. Whilst subliminally dropping some shots, the tune proves his lyrical prowess as he dabbles around three languages with so much ease and dexterity.
Last year in November one leading entertainment journal, Zimtainment captured Asaph`s struggle and rise perfectly well before the nation had seen it saying,
“Hailing from Zimbabwe’s second largest city, Bulawayo, ASAPH has rapped his way to prominence by telling sincere stories from the streets of the City of Kings. His bars highlight just what it’s like to be a young man trying to find his way in a cash strapped society while still trying to scoop daijes.”
For some pessimists they will cast and hold on to doubt saying this is nothing new and its a bubble that will soon burst. Well, everyone has an opinion but real talent speaks for itself and must be celebrated. Running through Asaph`s discography will tell you that he is no one time hit maker and we look forward to more new stuff.
Meanwhile enjoy the video Mambo.