UPDATE: Bulawayo Artists assist, City status proposed for CAL VIN, funeral details today

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The nation and the artistic community is still grappling with the gruesome killing of top flight Hip Hop artist Cal Vin real name Calvin Nhliziyo who died in a hit and run incident in the early hours of Sunday.

By Plot Mhako

Condolence messages and tributes continue to pour from all angles with fellow artists, promoters, friends, family, politicians, sportsmen and fans taking to various social media spaces with messages of shock, grief and sympathy.

Germany based Hip Hop artist AWA was one of Cal_Vin’s closest friends
In an interview in July with earGROUND Cal_Vin revealed it was MisRed who brought CASSPER NYOVEST’s attention to his track Z’khupan which then saw the two collaborating.

The Bulawayo arts community have taken a lead and engaged the family of the artist offering to assist with burial expenses and organising a befitting sendoff for the star. In a late night interview with Nhimbe Trust director Josh Nyapimbi he revealed that the family has welcomed their request to assist and they are waiting for a lead from the family on the plans. Nyapimbi together with Simon Mambazo Phiri Ibumba festival director paid a visit on the family representing the creatives community.

The creatives have proposed a sendoff concert at the Bulawayo Amphitheatre and have also appealed to the City of Bulawayo for Cal Vin to be buried at Lady Stanley which was set aside as a burial cemetery for outstanding citizens of Bulawayo.

Indications are that the Bulawayo Mayor has given a nod but due processes have to be followed with the council to which Nyapimbi and team are pursuing.

If the proposed plans go ahead, Calvin will be buried on Sunday with the concert taking place sometime this week.

Mr Nyapimbi confirmed that they have managed to raise some money (which they are still collecting and reconciling) to support the family with funeral expenses and also that a number of stakeholders have pledged support through resources.


The 35-year-old artist reportedly died on Saturday night after watching a football game in Luveve. According to reports, a vehicle hit Nhliziyo and continued driving, despite the artist allegedly jumping on the car’s bonnet.

 It is said that the car then ran over him before driving away. 

The artist was rushed to hospital, but was declared dead on arrival. 

Nhliziyo won multiple awards at the 2015 Zimbabwe Hip Hop Awards, including Year of the Vin winning album of the year, song of the year for Z’khupan, and best male artist