Maskiri, Seh Calaz clash in Jozi
By Munashe Rungano
Zimdancehall star, Seh Calaz is set to square off with Zimbabwean rap artiste Alishias Musimbe-popularly known as Maskiri in the entertainment circles- in two shows across the Limpopo at the weekend.
In a rare treat for merry makers in South Africa, the double header will see the two tried and tested entertainers perform in the city of Gold alongside another Zim dancehall artiste Platinum Prince.
In a telephone interview from his Johannesburg base, Maskiri said the show would not have come at a better time as he prepares to launch his forthcoming album Break Through at the end of April.
“I am almost done with my next album which is to be launched probably in the UK so come Friday l will be dishing out old and fresh not yet released material,” he said,
The controversial lyricist, who has since come out clean courtesy of his last album, New look- which carried the hit Africa, a collaboration with international superstar songstress Keisha White- urged his fans to come in their numbers as he had left no stone unturned in preparation for the show.
He added: “Having to perform with Calaz creates a great platform to showcase what we have been working on. As you know he is a draw card in Zimdancehall circles so l am also expecting to get to lure fans from the genre.”
A potential masterpiece, the new album has seen the Wenera hit maker trotting all over Mzansi engaging different artistes and producers in collaborations.
“l believe in teamwork as it broadens the spectrum where ideas are drawn, which fueled me to hustle hard in incorporating many artistes on my forthcoming album. I even traveled as far as Swaziland all in quest of getting the best output,” he said.
The diminutive award winning rapper said the weekend shows would be his first in giving fans a taste of what he has brewed on the upcoming album, Break Through, adding that plans were in place to organise a pre-album launch tour.
Organisers of the shows, Hawaai Entertainment said fans should expect nothing short of fireworks.
“As you have heard Maskiri is done with his new album so fans should come in their numbers and be the first to sample the new tracks. We are also expecting a good turn out as we have thrown in Seh Calaz into the fray. I think it has been two years since he performed in Jozi so he comes in by public demand,” said one Brighton from Hawaai Entertainment.
“The idea behind the two shows is to bring together Zimdancehall and hip hop. We have tried to give fans a mixed bag. The two shows will not be our only gigs as we are also organizing several others this year.”