My Musical Journey thus far...
My name is Naboth RIZLA from Zimbabwe's City Of Kings (Bulawayo). I am a Hip hop artist currently working on my debut EP titled The Grind Never Sleeps due for release in 2015. With my love and passion for music I hope one day to use it to "run my very own media corporation" in the near future -Southern Eye Newspapers
Work with SKR:
In 2005 Naboth RIZLA came together with Spinx an emcee and Kompozitioner a producer to form the crew SKR which would release a mixtape titled Gold Tapes Vol1 in 2011. He would go on to perform with this crew in September 2012 at the Shoko Festival an International platform in Harare (Zimbabwe) alongside Michael Crenshaw from USA. Their song BYO (Bulawayo) was released as part of the AFCON (African Cup Of Nations) soccer showcase music compilation for March 2013 featuring heavyweights like HHP (Hip Hop Panstula from South Africa).
Work with Kings Kraal Republic:
Early 2011 Naboth RIZLA came together with Tswarelo Mothobi an emcee/producer and Trevor Ncube a videographer/emcee to form the collective Kings Kraal Republic. Later in September 2011 he would perform with KKR on stage at the Shoko Festival sharing the same stage with Hired Gun from USA.
Work as an artist manager:
In 2012 and 2013 Naboth RIZLA would manage two artists namely Mac (Music Above Cash) a Bulawayo emcee/producer and Maestro The IV (now known as The IV) also from Bulawayo who is an emcee/producer as well. He would take these guys to shows in Zimbabwe namely in Hwange, Victoria Falls, Bulawayo and most notably the Shoko Festival 2013 edition in Zimbabwe's capital city Harare. He would also not only get their music play listed on radio stations in Zimbabwe and worldwide but get them noticed through numerous appearances in the media getting them lots of publicity.
Work as DGV Rap Battles Founder/Host:
Da-Grape-Vine Rap Battles are a series of monthly Spoken Word/Hip Hop events which were founded and are hosted by Naboth RIZLA. They were started in August 2013 with support from Naboth RIZLA’s clothing brand known as Grapevine Clothing which runs www.da-grape-vine.com a hip hop website based in Bulawayo (Zimbabwe). The website promotes Hip Hop Culture from Bulawayo to the rest of the world as a means of showcasing to the rest of the world what Zimbabwe has to offer through Spoken Word and other Hip Hop elements. The DGV Rap Battles have taken place in Bulawayo and Harare and are soon to expand to the rest of the continent as we continue to grow the Rap Battle and spoken Word culture in Africa having being featured at Shoko Festival 2015 in Chitungwiza performing to over 2000 people and Intwasa Arts Festival in Bulawayo the same year.
Work as a radio show host:
Since Thursday 16th of July 2015 Naboth RIZLA expanded his brand to radio by broadcasting a two hour long Hip Hop radio show on Power Ace Radio based in the UK. The show sees him hosting a weekly radio slot showcasing Zimbabwean Hip Hop for an hour (Hip Hop 263) and African Hip Hop for another hour (Hip Hop TIA). It broadcasts every Thursday from 4-6pm UK Time and 5-7pm CAT Time making it a great opportunity for an amazing Drive Time Radio experience. He has since been added another two hour slot for what he calls the Hip Hop Universal show showcasing hip hop music, Billboards top 10 Hot RnB and Hip Hop Songs and news weekly every Saturday from 8-10pm UK Time and 10-12midnight CAT Time. You can log in to listen to his previous shows here https://www.mixcloud.com/naboth-rizla/hip-hop-263-pt1-hosted-by-nabothrizla/
Work as a solo artist:
At the beginning of 2014 he would resume his solo career as an artist releasing his first mixtape titled Trace Elements on the 4th of July 2014 to over 500 downloads in one day and 1000 downloads in a week. It has been featured on USA magazine as a top 12 global mixtapes to look out for in 2014. The Trace Elements mixtape also got played in its entirety with Naboth RIZLA being interviewed on Zimbabwe’s nationwide radio station Power FM. Currently working on an EP titled #TheGrindNeverSleeps from which his first single Fast Lane which features and was produced by The IV is from and is doing well on radio stations in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, UK and USA. #TheGrindNeverSleeps EP will have production from Nzabbie and Kompozitioner with visuals directed by Andy Cutta. The first single was released on January 14 2015 which coincidentally is Naboth RIZLA’s birth date. The single was titled Paper Chase and was produced by Nzabbie.
Early in 2015 Naboth RIZLA was featured on the 1st single of Zero Plastica's (Italy) Global Revolution Mixtape, "Global Revolution" the single featured the likes of Kali Boom & Mr. Lion of Bluefields (Nicaragua), D-Mars & Fuse (Portugal), Emile YX? (South Africa), Hired Gun (U.S.A.), Reanga & Báhkin of Aivan (SapmiI/Norway), El Puto Tito of IndarRAP (Euskadi), Krudas Cubeni (Cuba), Tribo Sul (Angola), Sagol59 (Isreael), Sabertooth of Quadraphonik (Morocco), Cenzi (Chile), Sagol59 (Israel), Said of X-Conseil (Morocco), Albert Sardei (Rwanda/Australia/Italy), Mr.Billy & Berty (Mauritius), DeLaCeiba (Honduras), Naboth Rizla (Zimbabwe), Dj LaJedi (U.S.A.), LMNZ (Germany), Zero Plastica (Italy). Later in 2015 Naboth RIZLA put together a 4-city tour of Zimbabwe where he visited Hwange 18Sept, Victoria Falls 19Sept, Bulawayo 26 Sept (Intwasa Arts Festival) and Chitungwiza 26Sept (Shoko Festival) where he also showcased DGV Rap Battles as well. He was accompanied by Sky City Uno (SA/Zim) and Maestro IV (Zim).
I am a multi-lingual rapper who raps mostly in English but tastefully mixes Ndebele and Shona languages. My lyrics come from past experiences or situations I have seen and paint a picture that will help you understand more of were I come from and what I am about and that's working hard or "grinding" as I like to put it.
Right now I am working on The Grind Never Sleeps EP to be released sometime in 2016 so look out for the videos for the singles Fast Lane and Paper Chase already released coming out soon. Make sure you sign up to my Mailing list so you get all the information, music, events, videos and merchandise as we release it #TheGrindNeverSleeps