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King 98 gets Naija boost

King 98 (left) with Sam “Olofofo” Frank

By Style Reporter

Upcoming local hip-hop star King 98 is living his dreams.

The youthful Zimbabwean rapper seems to have struck the right chord when he joined forces with Nigerian music star David Adedeji Adeleke, aka Davido, whom he featured on his single titled No Bad Vibes.

The single, which was released last month, is doing well in Zimbabwe, South Africa and Nigeria. In South Africa, the song has been listed among ringing tones for a major mobile phone company.

On top of that, King 98 has enlisted the services of three managers, each drawn from Zimbabwe, South Africa and Nigeria. In Zimbabwe, DJ Simmz is handling his affairs, while Sam “Olofofo” Frank, who leads the talent management team at Davido Music Worldwide (DMW), manages the youthful crooner in Nigeria. In South Africa, the ambitious hip-hop singer has drafted entertainment guru Faith Siphoro.

King 98, who now spends most of his time in South Africa, flew to Nigeria last week to meet his new manager.

“He is in Nigeria where is meeting his new manager Sam Frank, who is part of the management at Davido’s stable DMW,” said Thompson Dondo, King 98’s father.

“King 98 wants to market his music in Nigeria and he believes his association with big names like Davido will spur him on the global music scene. Davido is the one who referred him to Frank and we hope it works for the youngster.”

Frank is respected for talent identification and is manager to rising Nigerian singer Adewale Mayowa Emmanuel, aka Mayorkun Kunis.

Dondo said King 98 was also marketing his single No Bad Vibes, which features Davido.

To add a Naija flavour to his album launch scheduled for Wingate Golf Club on April 27, King 98 has roped in Davido. The debut album, named after King 98’s mother Francesca, will be launched at a show that will feature South Africa’s crème de la crème of hip-hop Nasty C and Nadia Nakai as well as locals DJ Silence Dosh, Union 5, Tammy Moyo and Ashleigh Moyo, popularly known as “Shashl” in music circles.

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