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King 98 charms South Africans

By Style Reporter

Zimbabwean hip-hop sensation King 98 seems to have won the hearts of South Africans if his sublime performance at the ongoing Ivyson Tour is anything to go by.

The 21-year-old rapper is basking in the glory of collaborations with a number of African music stars, including Nigerian Davido on the song No Bad Vibes and South African’s Nasty C, who has turned out to be his chaperon. They did a hit titled Wacko. Locally, King 98 teamed up with Ex-Q on the track Shoko and recently he featured Nigerian street-hop artiste and Zanku pioneer Zlatan on the song Pull Up.

Pull Up is doing well on the continent’s major television music channels and radio stations. The single was recently voted Number 3 among top seven songs of the month by music hub African Music Promotion.

Since the launch of his debut album titled Francisca in May, an event that was graced by continental music powerhouses, King 98 has never looked back, performing before full houses at shows in Zambia, Mozambique and Nigeria. Recently he gave a vintage act in Australia where he performed in Perth and Sydney.

“King 98 gives his best and that is why he is endearing himself well with many people here,” said King 98’s manager DJ Nosh, speaking from South Africa.
As part of the Ivyson Tour, King 98 has performed in Cape Town as well as Durban and on Friday he gave a vintage act before a full house at the Constitution Hill in Johannesburg.

“Sharing the stage with some of the biggest names in South African music is motivating King 98 and he is eager to do better with each passing show,” DJ Nosh said.

On Friday, the former Watershed College student and 22 other artistes, including Nadia Nakai, Gemini Major, Emtee, Uncle Partytime, Tshego, Riky Rick and Maphorisa, warmed up the stage for Nasty C at the packed Constitution Hill.

“It was another great performance from King 98 and we hope he maintains that throughout the tour,” DJ Nosh said.

The Ivyson Tour started in Cape Town two weeks ago and will end on December 21 in Harare. In between, the show will take Nasty C and his team to Lusaka before resuming the South African leg.

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