UnPlugged Zimbabwe decided to branch out to Bulawayo because they are amining to build a national brand. How often Unplugged goes to Bulawayo will depend entirely on the take up. If the people of Bulawayo come out and have a great time, UnPlugged will definitely look into making it a regular fixture, similar to Harare.
I caught up with the energetic and charismatic CalVin who was one of the main acts of the Bulawayo UnPlugged event held last month and here is what he shared with me.
Which genre does your music fall under?
My music falls under Hip Hop and Jazz. I’m currently experimenting with Jazz so I’m a rapper who vocalises, you could say I’m Jazzy Hip Hop.
What are your favourite songs and which ones are your fans favourites?
My personal favourite songs are: King, My Life and Uthando
My fans like: Zkhuphan, Jeki and Bebengakholwa
What inspired you to pursue music?
Music is something that I grew into. It’s something my cousins were seriously into and I caught up with that fire and I ran with it ever since I was 10 years old.
How long have you been singing?
I’ve been rapping since 1996 so that makes it 21 years of singing. The first time I recorded something commercially was in 2003. I can safely say I have been a commercial artist for 14 years now.
Top 3 things that people don’t know about you?
- I love comedy.
- I enjoy watching soccer. I’m a Highlanders Football Club and Manchester United Football Club supporter.
- I don’t write my music I just freestyle my way through it.
What did you like about UnPlugged Bulawayo?
I liked the vibe that UnPlugged has. The chilled out vibe is something you want to continue to experience. It’s a family oriented event. People came through with their drinks, food and their kids as well. It was properly organised, the sound system was on point and the money was good too!
What was your experience performing at UnPlugged Bulawayo?
I enjoyed my performance. I loved the vibe people threw back at me. I actually took the opportunity to perform one of my Jazz songs and I did well, the crowd loved it!
Any precious gems to drop for those who want to pursue music?
If you want to pursue a career in music the first thing you need to know is that it is going to eat up most of your time. It will demand your full attention, your money, your energy, your everything actually! People always think it’s just about coming through to the studio and recording a song. It doesn’t go down like that, you have to put in the work if you want to shine through a world full of artists. We don’t want any lazy artists in the game waiting for handouts, come into the music industry knowing that you are here to work!
You can follow CalVin on his social media platforms to stay in touch with his musical journey on;
Facebook: @Cal Vin
Don’t forget to mark your calendar for Sunday 1 October 2017 for another blanket, wine and music affair at UnPlugged Zimbabwe, see you at Wingate Hararians!