The rap diva’s latest achievement is being enlisted for a performance at this year’s Harare International Festival of the Arts (Hifa). The festival will definitely witness a unique per-formance when one of the few local female hip-hop rappers takes to the stage with a live band, collaborating with arguably some of the renowned male artists in this genre.
“There has not been a female rapper who has performed at Hifa before”, Tafadzwa Simba of the Hifa communications department noted.
“Hifa is constantly striving to give as many genres and artists the opportunity to perform at the showcase. It also wants to expose Zimbabwean audiences to as wide a range of styles and genres as possible so as to contribute to the growth of a market for all forms of art in the country. This will be a novelty obviously, firstly from the point of view of this being the first time a female rapper has been at Hifa.”
Black Bird will collaborate with Mischief (Chamu Kwenda) and Junior Banton. She will also join forces with Suplex and Mfana on a few Kwaito tracks.
“I am excited to be performing at the festival and this is a platform through which artists gain exposure.
“I guarantee my fans a thrilling performance,” Vundla said.
Black Bird is a South African rap artist who was born in Harare in 1985 before relocating to her home country a few years later. She returned to Zimbabwe in 2009 to pursue a career in music. She is a trained media practitioner and has a diploma in Film-making and Broadcasting from Allenby Campus, Johannesburg.
With almost eight years of experience in script writing, film and television production and new media, she is also an artist in her own right and she speaks fluently in five languages. As a musician Black Bird commands a strong following, especially on her campaigns and marketing programmes on online social networks.
Last year in October Black Bird launched her debut album Tha Rappartizer, a serious hip-hop and rap package that consists of hit tracks such as Oooh, Dollar Rand, Naira, Black Man and another one titled Paper Chasers.
This year she released a Kwaito version of her debut album and has performed the songs at the Allied Arts Festival held in Chitungwiza.
“My album is doing very well on the market and the way the audience has received my music is good, probably because I am performing live with a band”.
In the past Black Bird has worked with the likes of Zimbabwean guitarist, Andy Brown and in 2010 she shared the stage with Willis Watafi and his Qaya Roots band. Black Bird has been featured in M&M Stars (A British-based arts magazine showcasing African entertainers), among other renowned publications.