Bongani Ndlovu, Showbiz Correspondent
ZIMBABWE hip hop artiste Cal_Vin has been voted the king of Zimbabwe’s music scene in 2015, according to a poll conducted by music channel MTV Base South on their Twitter page.
The Bulawayo born rapper posted 55% of the vote, and beat seasoned artistes such as dancehall’s Buffalo Souljah (30%), and fellow hip hop artistes Stunner (10%) and Mudiwa (5%).
MTV Base is holding a poll for different nations with Zambia, Tanzania and Zimbabwe to see who people in the respective countries thought made a name for themselves in 2015.
The poll capped off a whirlwind past year for Cal_Vin, in which he recorded his first music video for his track Zikhuphani, which was remixed and featured South Africa’s Cassper Nyovest and won three accolades at the Zim hip hop awards.
That Luveve Boy as Cal_Vin is known, said he was pleased that his hard work was paying off.
“I feel humbled with this because MTV Base chose me over everyone else in Zimbabwe to be on that list. This shows I’m making the right noise as it’s getting me recognition not only nationally and even on the continent,” said Cal_Vin.
He said he would travel to South Africa to submit his two music videos Zikhuphani and Bona.
“I’ve been communicating with the people from MTV and they want me to send them my videos. So next week I’m travelling to South Africa and personally submit my two music videos,” said Cal_Vin.
He said on Sunday he would shoot another music video for another track on his album.
“ I will be shooting my third music video called Hayibo on Sunday in the city. This video for a song from my album Year of the Vin. I decided to shoot the video because of how people sang along to the song during my performance at the Kalawa homecoming party,” said Cal_Vin.
Following the poll’s results, it’s clear that according to MTV Base, Jah Prayzah Zimbabwe’s most patronised musician, Zimdancehall’s Winky D, Killer T and Soul Jah Love who have countless videos among them don’t make the cut on the music channel.
Instead, Buffalo Souljah who does not have a big fan base in Zimdancehall circles in the country was in the poll alongside Stunner and Mudiwa.
Last year at the MTV African Music Awards, the only Zimbabwean musician who won an award in the dancehall category was Buffalo Souljah.
Big Buffs as he is known in showbiz circles, was quoted in the media saying: “Zimbabwe music lacks relevance. The fact that it can’t penetrate the South African market says a lot. There’s no radio station here that plays their (local artistes) music. It becomes difficult for them to have their videos played on international music channels.”