Hip Hop artist M.anifest over the weekend delivered a special May Day headlining performance at the just-concluded Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA). The six day festival was closed yesterday by legend Salif Keita.
The Ghanaian rapper who was performing in Zimbabwe for the first time brought along OBY band and delivered a unique and riveting hour plus of original music, switching from English to Twi and pidgin on the Zol mainstage.
The electrifying set featured excellent cameos from some of Zimbabwe’s finest. Shingai Shoniwa of the UK band “The Noisettes” raised the energy through the roof when she arrived for an extended jam session of the recently released song, ‘Forget Dem’. Shingai who is no stranger to HIFA was a ball of fire belting out her own lyrics to a groovy highlife vibe mixed with 808 drums. The teeming crowd was held spellbound by the showmanship of Shingai and the musical mastery of M.anifest.
Zimbabwean rapper Tehn Diamond, won the hearts of many as he joined M.anifest to deliver a verse to ‘Opeimu’. The crowd ate it up and wanted more.
M.anifest delivered a euphoric set for the Zimbabwean audience and displayed the power and musical splendor in the fusion of African music and Hip-Hop.