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Nadia Nakai for King 98 gig

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Locals who frequent Instagram, particularly those interested in following female celebrities, may have bumped into pictures of one eye-catching damsel named Nadia Nakai.

A combination of hard-hitting rap bars and saucy snaps certain to leave any girl with melanin proud to pop it anyhow, she is a rare blend. While other nationals can only wish,
Zimbabweans can identify this beauty as their own owing to her mother’s local roots.

Yes, Nadia’s maternal grandmother is from Chinhoyi and we are not making it up.
On May 1, the top South African female rapper’s followers will get a chance to see her with the naked eye when she shares the stage with rising local hip-hop musician King 98
at the launch of the latter’s debut album.

Titled Francesca, the 12-track project’s launch is pencilled for Wingate Golf Club and the gig’s organisers have confirmed that the “queen” of Cassper Nyovest’s Family Tree
will be in attendance.

“We are pleased to update everyone anticipating the show that all preparations have so far gone well and all artistes shown on the poster, including Nadia Nakai, have confirmed that they will be there,” said DJ Simmz, who is one of the organisers of the event.

The Naaa Meeaan singer joins a long star-studded list of artistes picked from the country and the continent’s best to entertain revellers when King 98 announces his arrival on
the music scene in style.

Other divas expected to spice up the gig that starts at 12 noon include Tammy Moyo and Ashleigh Moyo, popularly known as “Shashl” in music circles.

Meanwhile, King 98, who is under the tutelage of DJ Simmz in Zimbabwe, Faith Siphoro (South Africa) and Frank (Nigeria), is said to have completed the album and currently doing rehearsals.

“Work on the album has been done and he is busy rehearsing ahead of the show,” said DJ Simmz.

The title track Francesca is a dedication to his mother.

Songs on the album include Pardon Me, Trouble, Twisted, Wacko, which features Nasty C, Bad Vibes featuring Davido, and Cake.

Other tracks are 26 November, Born to Win, Shoko — a collaboration with Ex-Q — and Trevor Noah.

“On the track Trevor Noah, the internationally acclaimed South African comedian’s name just popped up in my mind while I was in the studio and I named the track Trevor Noah,”
King 98 said.

“I got a lot of inspiration mainly from the production, especilly working with Ali Keyz, whose beats opened up my creative mind.”

The album was produced by GT Beats and DJ Tamuka, while Ali Keyz, Cassper Nyovest’s producer, was the executive producer.
King 98 is not new to Wingate Golf Club after warming the stage for Nasty C in August last year in a maiden performance.

“I can’t rate myself, but from the feedback that I got from my friends, on social media and family, I gave a good show. Even some people who did not know me before reached out
complimenting me on the performance,” he later told this publication.

DJ Simmz said despite the presence of big names like Davido and Nasty C on the day, King 98 would give his best.

“He is ready to roll and he would also perform along Davido and Nasty C in collaborations they did together,” DJ Simmz said.

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