By Trevor Makonyonga
Hip hop classic artists by the name Slick Rick and Doug E Freshtopped the charts in the United States of America in the 80s. What is phenomenal about their track was that Doug was beat-boxing whilst Slick Rick was rapping.
A lot of musicians have followed this trait and beat–boxing has been big art on the arts. As an element of hip hop, beat–box has been on the rise in the country. One of Zimbabwe’s best beat boxers, Dean “Dinvidz” Gudhlanga, believes that there is a lot of talent in the genre although support and recognition is minimum.
Dinvidz said that despite the growth of the art in Zimbabwe, beat boxers have not yet headlined shows in Zimbabwe like in other countries.
“As of now it has grown and its one of the fast growing hip–hop genres in Zimbabwe. It has achieved a lot but lacks recognition. Notonly Beatbox shows have been done and no shows are headlined by beat–boxers as of now as we always showup as curtain raisers or supporting artists. Otherwise lots of beat-boxers are making waves out there.” Dinvidz said.
The 22 year old beat boxer said that although the genre is facing these challenges, he has hopes for his career.
“I want to start doing things in my young career. I have made a list which includes, touring, more collaborations of beat–box projects, Boxtape, change the hip–hop game, and to own my Beat–box studio. It is kind of a lot but I know I can achieve it,“ said Dinvidz.
The Bulawayo born artist has so far performed at a number of big events which include, The Hiphop Shakespeare Finale Event, Jibilika, Intwasa Arts Festival, The Vera Show, The Zimbabwe German society and Alliance Fracaise among others.
He has also collaborated with a number of artists who include McChitah now known as Zimbiyana Jones, Morset the poet, Danny N, Kritic Igwee, King Marcus, Beezo and Guru Dhara.
Dinvidz has also taken up rap, singing and dance. He is also a fashion designer.
Bit-Boxers have been on the rise with other names striving in the genre include Raheem Beatbox, Union 5, Probeatz, Gwinnex, Beaster and Subzero.