Profile: Zimbabwean rapper Shonaman

 

The Zimbabwean born rapper known as Shona man hails from Gutu, Zimbabwe now residing in South Africa since 2012. Clearly a talented minister, his first music video was nominated for best music video of the year by LIMHOP awards in 2015, while in secondary school Shona man began his music career by doing cyphers during class breaks with fellow high schoolmates which led to the development of his stage name Shonaman since he was in South Africa and rapping in Shona.

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He cites his main influencers in hip-hop are artists like Eminem, Lil’ Wayne, Frank Edwards. He honed his skills as a rapper by getting invitations in different events area his area in Limpopo, claiming his first victory on his very first attempt at I am women foundation 1st anniversary.

He believes change begins with one and spread to the rest , he says “my main aim is to make music that will leave footsteps even to the next generation, providing enjoyment to the mass and at the same time bringing hope, joy and peace to the lives of people through my music.One of my key objectives is to maintain a high profile and to continue to maintain a strong relationship with other core members”.

Stream and buy Shonaman latest track #HouseOfTheLord

 

 

Follow him on twitter @shonaman_ppa

 

Tips for Growing your Youtube Audience

Online video content is quickly becoming THE #1 form of mass media outreach.  According to their own stats, YouTube sees more than 300 hours of video uploaded per minute, and Facebook has literally billions of video shares each day.

Growing your YouTube audience is a highly effective  way of spreading word of your music, but it’s about more than just making a great music video.

Top Tips For Expanding Your YouTube Outreach

1 – You don’t need a huge budget.

It’s easy to think of a music video as a huge, elaborate production… but it doesn’t have to be.  Just as one example, there is this guy known as Jay Mokopo who likes to remix songs of popular artists, that guy always does music videos when he releases his tracks and they’re of quality, but I believe he doesn’t spend too much in making them, as a matter of fact you can even make a video of yourself singing in studio and still get a couple of views on Youtube, it doesn’t really matter how you do it, what’s important is that atleast you must have two to three music videos that are on Youtube.

2 – Make interview spots.

This is a great all-around tool in an indie musician’s video arsenal.  Find someone who can act as an interviewer, and film a 5-minute clip that mimics the format of similar spots on MTV Base or Channel O.  It allows your act to tell their story in their own words, in a short, easily-digestible format.

(Also you can send us your videos (interviews) so that we can share it on our ever increasing Youtube channel).

These can also do double or triple-duty.  Besides gaining shares on YouTube, they can also go into your media portfolio or even potentially be aired on TV.

3 – Invite audience participation.

Don’t forget to get your fans involved!  Invite them to submit, say, pictures or videos of your recent shows, so that the material can be edited together into a new video.  If you give credit at the end to all of your volunteer camera-operators, they’ll be sharing the results -and your music- with all their friends.

Or get more creative!  Anything that involves your fans will likely pay off in shares.

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