This is possibly as hot off the presses as it gets. We have been given the chance to profile some of the work of a brand new Rap Sensation from Harare, Zimbabwe, even before it hits the airwaves, and had a lot of fun doing it.
NameLESS 263 is a mash up of two Zimbabwean Hip Hop artists known as Rhyme Assasin and T9yce. Friends since the early 90’s where Tichaona B Monera (Rhyme Assasin) and Tendai Murasiranwa (T9yce) met at the Harare Institute for Higher Learning, the two quickly became a popular feature of the “Rap-Battle” phenomenon that is popular at live music events.
Throughout their home town in Harare, the duo are remarkably well known, and respected as artists with a unique ability to bounce off each other much to the enjoyment of their fans. In live performance the two have established their reputation as two of Harare’s leading Hip Hop entertainers.
Now based in the UK Rhyme Assassin has maintained close links with T9yce who is still in Zimbabwe, and ten years on, their solid commitment to music and unending friendship has lead the two to lay aside the idea of battling against each other in Face Off’s, to combine their talent to form NameLESS 263.
Both Tichaona and Tendai wanted to ensure that as a group they remain versatile and adaptable to modern trends in music, and as the name of the group would suggest, they do not want to be categorized by a sound or typecast as a certain kind of genre. “Our music will transcend definitions and genres to be whatever our fan’s desire,” they say.
Working across continents is challenging, but credit where credit is due, this group have set themselves an ambitious target to release an 18 Track Mixtape this year. Recorded in three languages, Shona, Ndebele and English the album is called “The Grand Synopsis” and will feature a variety of sounds and delectable tunes. I have been lucky enough to listen to a few of the tracks ahead of release, and can honestly say there is some impressive artistry going on at NameLESS 263.
With two tracks released ahead of schedule, fans can enjoy listening to a taster of what is to come by visiting the links below. “It Ain’t Easy” and “Ndavafaira” set the standard for what lies ahead for the group, and work is underway to release “Touch You Right” and “Racheal” later this week.
With the intention to release two tracks every fortnight these guys are clearly set to take the African Hip Hop scene by storm this year, and while little is known as yet about NameLESS 263, I’m sure you will agree that the future looks bright, indeed very bright for Tichaona and Tendai.
If you want to find out more about NameLESS 263 then check these out.
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Check them out on YouTube
Listen to NameLESS263 on SoundCloud
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Our thanks to NameLESS 263