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MMT’s Unforgettable impact on Zim Hip Hop

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MMT’s Unforgettable impact on Zim Hip Hop

At the 2012 agricultural show, several individuals, including Mariachi, MC Cut, and Tatea da MC, discussed how Zim Hip Hop could make an impact amidst the rising popularity of Zim Dancehall on radio and at shows. These artists, who were already successful in their own right with notable songs and fan bases, decided in early 2013 to form a supergroup named MMT, using the first letters of their names.

By Tanaka Denglish

During a period when Zim Hip Hop was dominated by a few artists, MMT aimed to be different. They combined their fan bases and focused their energy on creating a new brand that would make an impact in the industry and break new barriers.”

Their first single, “Wake Up,” produced by Anonzi Xndr, set the tone with its beat, lyrics, and catchy hook. Within 24 hours of its release, it went viral (before viral was a thing), sparking controversy and some taking it as a diss track. “Wake Up” was a playful song mocking key figures in Zim Hip Hop and society, announcing MMT’s arrival.

The saying “there’s no such thing as bad publicity” proved true for MMT. Their second single, “Zvidhori,” released on March 13, 2013, became a major hit, topping the charts on major radio stations like Power FM, ZiFM, and Star FM. According to reports, “Zvidhori” was the first Hip Hop single to top the ZiFM World Charts, holding the No. 1 spot for 14 weeks. Even seven months later, it stayed in the Top 10, making it one of the most successful Hip Hop tracks at the time. The song mixed humor, social commentary, and club appeal, addressing themes like ‘beer goggles’ and the debate between cosmetic and natural beauty.

A remix of “Zvidhori” soon followed, featuring well-known Zimbabwean artists Stunner, Smylie, and Simba Tagz, along with newcomers Boi Mac and Alvina. The “Zvidhori Remix” also topped the charts and competed with the original for several weeks. MMT released a video for the remix in October 2013.”

With growing momentum, MMT released their fourth single, “Party Yatanga,” in June 2013, which premiered on Power FM’s School of Hip Hop. The energetic club anthem featured a gritty hook by MC Darkfface and became an instant hit. “Party Yatanga” and “Zvidhori” competed for the top spot on various charts, breaking records. “Party Yatanga” stayed on the charts for four months, holding the No. 1 position for six weeks.

Continuing their trend of going against the grain, MMT collaborated with Dancehall artist Dhadza D for their next single, “Chakaipa.” This Hip Hop/Dancehall fusion track appealed to fans of both genres. “Chakaipa” debuted at No. 4 on the ZiFM Top 10 and soon reached No. 1, making it their fourth consecutive chart-topping single.

Before the release of their MMT-LP, the Hip Hop community was buzzing with anticipation. The album was previewed on October 25, 2013, on a Hip Hop radio show and generated massive excitement, with many listeners eagerly awaiting their copies.

Following the album preview, MMT launched the #BuyZimHipHop campaign, rejecting the trend of consumers expecting free music. Instead of offering a free premium download, they sold the album exclusively as physical CDs in various outlets around Harare, including Avondale and Sam Levy’s Village. The response was overwhelmingly positive, with outlets selling out multiple times within the first month of its release. MMT secured distribution deals nationwide to support album sales.

They also took part in shows throughout the year, but following the album’s success, MMT became even more visible and focused on live performances. The last quarter of 2013 saw them perform at major events such as the Liquideep Concert, Shoko Festival, Loudly Zimbabwean Concert, Star FM Big Chill, Alliance Francaise Urban Music, and many others.

The Zim Hip Hop Awards were then hosted by former Big Brother Africa contestants Vimbai Mutinhiri and Munyaradzi Chidzonga, where MMT received four nominations: Best Song, Best Group, Best Producer, and Best Collaboration. The “Zvidhori All-Star Remix” won Best Collaboration, although they lost in some categories to Few Kings, made up of Jnr Brown, Take Fizzo, and Tehn Diamond, who were also on a roll that year. 2013 remains one of the most entertaining and engaging years for Zim Hip Hop fans.

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In January 2014, MMT released a new single called “KooVha” featuring Tinashe Makura, as part of a campaign to promote a new venue. Tinashe Makura, the producer, singer, and songwriter behind the song, had opened Koovha Creative Hub, a versatile space for artists and visitors to network and collaborate. In June 2014, they released “MaTeamz,” featuring “Zunguza” hitmaker Marcques. MMT was once again nominated for a Zim Hip Hop Award in the categories of Best Group, Best Video, and Best Album, winning Best Group.

They continued performing into 2015 before taking a hiatus from releasing music as a group. In May 2016, they hinted at a comeback and released “Live For Today” that same month, produced by Youngnash, which was their last song together. Fans hoped for more releases and a reunion, but it never happened. Nevertheless, their contributions to the Zimbabwean music scene are unforgettable and their impact remains undeniable.

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