Earground caught up with the new hip hop guy on the lock! Ndi Kacee Born Kudakwashe Clarence Madondo. Ndi Kacee a 22-year-old Zim Hip-Hop artist who is currently based in Johannesburg, South Africa. The artist is also known as Asekuru within the Zim Hip-Hop circles. Asekuru, an alias that came into existence after his debut single, Asekuru, which he dropped in 2016.
Who is Ndi Kacee?
Ndi Kacee is currently studying for a bachelor’s degree in Corporate Finance and Insurance & Risk Management at the University of Witwatersrand Johannesburg.
Between 2017 to date, he has been working on his music from across the borders. This has earned him some recognition within the local music scene. In 2019 he has had a chance to perform at university events and was invited for a radio interview on Vow FM, where some his music was playlisted for airplay.
The come-up and affiliations
After completing his A-Levels in 2015, Ndi Kacee met Global Records’ Klasiq who introduced him to Fungayi ‘Fun_f’ Paradzayi who later became his mentor and overseer of all of his future projects. Ndi Kacee’s professional career kickstarted in early 2016 when he released his debut single Asekuru which was released under the Global Records outfit and was made available from streaming on Soundcloud. It also marked Ndi Kacee’s debut radio airplay when it was premiered on Star FM’s ‘Hot or Not’ segment.
Following up to that single, he, later on, released Hello Mula which featured then-rising star, T-KaSh Mbk, and Ta$ha. The instrumental was produced by TheProducerZimbabwe (of Noble Stylz’s Dzikama hit). Production of the song was done by Fun_f at Global Records. This song gained some street credit and following, attracting articles from Zim Hip-Hop bloggers and critics. Anonzi Xndr gave an honorable mention to this song (via a Facebook post) on his “Best Songs of 2016” list as at August that year.
To date, Ndi Kacee has worked with a couple of Zimbabwean artists such as Resilience Gze, Mclyne Beats, King Aktiv, Lloyd Soul, Fuji Axe and N Jay-Oh, just to mention a few.
Projects – Mixtapes, Albums and Eps
On The 18th of January 2017, Ndi Kacee released his debut long play, The Lawd Gawd Mixtape. The 15-track project was produced by Fun_f and had guest verses from N Jay-Oh, AiRule, Seille and a cameo from King Aktiv. This earmarked Ndi Kacee’s entrance into mainstream Zim Hip-Hop and due to extensive social media promotions, the mixtape accumulated quite a handful of downloads and streams.
In 2018, Asekuru released an unannounced 2nd mixtape on the 11th of January titled Resucitar, which means resurrection in Spanish. This was after a couple months of no hip-hop/rap songs. The 6 track EP was produced by Klasiq and Tazz was made available for streaming and download on all online platforms.
My Vibes Playlist & Shuwa Here
February 2018 – Ndi Kacee dropped his first single for the year, Shuwa Here, which featured the award-nominated producer, Mclyne Beats. The song got a radio premiere on the ZiFM’s Stereo show, The Fixx and the audio was made available on all platforms. Later that year, in May, Ndi Kacee released the visuals to that song. This also served as his first-ever music video. To-date Shuwa Here is his most streamed song.
In July 2018, he also announced that he was working on a project, dubbed the My Vibes Playlist, with award-winning producer Fungayi ‘Fun_f’ Paradzayi. This project served as Asekuru debut official Long Play and was dropped on the 3rd of August 2018. Shuwa Here and MaBonds stood as the two official singles picked from the project.
The project features guest performances from Resilience Gze, Fun_f, N Jay-Oh, Don Zee and HHC. It is a collection of 14 tracks that are spread over “various vibes” as described in the first verse of the intro, My Vibes. Asekuru balances the project with a combination of love songs such as Cheka Hukama and We Feel; hustling joints like the Gze featured, Nhano and; a couple bar on bar tracks such as Meja Pleya where he flexes his rapping prowess.
Fun_f is the executive producer of the My Vibes Playlist and he worked together with other producers namely: Mabeats Eshumba, Mclyne Beats, AiRule, TeeperGotBangerz, GuideMadeTheBangBang, QuilLz, and CallHimEltiie. Most of the songs were recorded in Johannesburg, South Africa and the overall production being completed at New Rules Entertainment in Harare.
Best Combo No Ngano
Soon after the release of My Vibes Playlist, Ndi Kacee began working on a joint project with producer AiRule which was to be dubbed the Best Combination No Ngano (also known as Best Combo No Ngano). AiRule focused on the music side of the composition as Ndi Kacee specialized in the lyrics hence the joint status of the project.
About a year later, on the 4th of October 2019, the project was made available for streaming and downloading on all online platforms. It featured guest verses and production cameos from artists such as Mclyne Beats, Gerrvd and King Kus amongst other stars who blessed the body of work with their expertise.
Between 2017 and now, Ndi Kacee has worked on and released a couple Afro-beats joints. The most famous of them being the Jah Signal co-signed, Ndapinda, which was released in December 2018 as part of an Afro-beats themed EP titled Vibes-Afro Way EP. Prior to this project, Ndi Kacee had released other singles too. On 26 August 2019, Ndi Kacee premiered an Afro-beat song titled Shona Sauce, on Star FM’s 326 Express with KVG and Pathisani. The song features vocalist Fuji Axe and was produced by King Kus.