Newly signed Def Jam Recordings Africa Zimbabwean based artist ASAPH has taken to studio to birth a beast of a single. The award winning star is determine to break the music boarders as he features South African fellow hip hop star Loki on “Thebelele” .
Highly influenced by the nostalgic Kwaito sounds this track is set to (I think you should find another way to say this Lerats). This single is quite special as it revives that sound in the midst of the Amapiano era. “To me Thebelele is the name of the era I’m moving into. Pure vibes! I feel like I’ve put in a lot of work to get to this point and now it’s all about the vibes and having a good time celebrating where we are and what’s to come,” said ASAPH
Thebelele loosely translated means “Good Life” and that is well embodied on this track. With his rich flow Asaph connects well with Loki. Loki also brings in the rough South African street flavour to the song.
Seeing that this is the first time both have worked with artists from beyond their boarders, the magic was unmatched. “I’m really excited to be a part of a song like this, even when we were making the song it felt like 2 worlds coming together seamlessly, creating something that will hopefully last for the ages,” said Loki.
Kwaito played a huge part in shaping the South African music sound since the 1990’s. In the early 2000’s we saw the rise of hip-hop infused kwaito from the likes of Khuli Chana and HHP just to name a few. Asaph described Loki as talented and humble which allowed them both to properly execute on “Thebelele”.
Asaph is determined to diversify his talent and collaborate with more artists beyond home boarders. His fans can expect more hits and a full body of work from this artist.
ASAPH is an Award-Winning Hip-Hop Artist and radio personality from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Born Tafadzwa Tarukwana on the 11th of January 1992, ASAPH has managed to build hype over the past 3 years, which has catapulted his career from just being a Bulawayo Artist to becoming a nationally recognized recording and performing Hip-Hop Artist having won a number of awards at local and National Award Events as well as having had 3 songs going to No 1 on ZiFMs Gtel Top 40 which is one of the biggest Radio Chart Shows in Zimbabwe.
He has also collaborated with some of the country’s biggest names in music like Ammara Brown, Dj Stavo, Gemmma Griffiths and Nutty O as well as headlining two of Zimbabwe’s biggest Music Festivals: Shoko Festival (Co-Headlined with Moonchild Sanely and Unplugged Co-headlined with Shekinah).
Owing to his passion for developing arts and the youth of hisCity he joined SkyzMetroFM which is the leading RadioStation in Bulawayo as a personality hosting two weeklyshows on air. ASAPH has proven himself to be an authorityon Hip Hop in Bulawayo as well as arts and social issues andhas lent his voice and platform to promote new artists,interview regional artists for his local listners as well asspeak up for social issues affecting our communities today.