My Freelance Writing Journey so far...
Also known as "R.I.Z.L.A" in the music circles is the 35 year old Zimbabwean born Co-Founder/Editor of a groundbreaking Hip Hop website in Zimbabwe known as DGV This award winning writer (Zimbabwe Hip Hop Awards Hip Hop Journalist of 2015) currently based in Bulawayo has come a long way to making a mark in media circles regionally and globally. R.I.Z.L.A is a writer that has contributed to a lot of online and offline publications such as Hype Magazine (South Africa's No.1 Hip Hop Magazine on Hard Copy Bi-monthly issue) http://www.hypemagazine.co.za/ where he has interviewed the likes of Grammy Award winning songwriter Jack Knight, Grammy Award winning Producer S1, 2-time JUNO (Canadian Grammy award) nominated Eternia, Freestyle Champion Blind Fury, musician and author Stic.man of Dead Prez then Dead Prez on the Apr/May 2013 issue to mention a few. He recently interviewed Gavlyn and Reverie both from USA for the Aug/Sept 2014 issue of the Hype Mag and M.anifest (Ghana) in the Hype Dec/Jan 2015. His contribution to the Hype Magazine has seen not only Bulawayo artists and events being featured in this prestigious magazine but Zimbabwe as a whole has benefited from his involvement with the magazine with features such as Shoko Festival, DGV Rap Battles, Intwasa Festival, Hip Hop 263 Tour and artists such as Outspoken, Tehn Diamond, Synik, Cal_Vin and Black Bird to name a few.
He also contributed to www.worldhiphopmarket.com where he represented a host of Southern African countries namely South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Zambia. This opportunity has allowed him to interview The Holstar (Zambia), Poison Hertz (Argentina), Teck-Zilla (Canada), Nick Explicit (South Africa), Silas Beats (South Africa), Vuyo Nova (South Africa), Emmah Mabye (South Africa), Jay Roxa (Zambia), Touch (Botswana), Mandisa Mabutoe (Botswana), James Kebu (Botswana) and A Scribe Called Tswa (Zimbabwe) to mention a few.
It’s no surprise that R.I.Z.L.A has successfully helped artists worldwide to have media representation in Africa and globally. Locally he has promoted Da Flow Session weekly events that went on for 3 months every Saturday and had this show as part of the Intwasa Festival celebration in 2012. He also was in charge of In Da Beat and Da Big Launch concerts that received rave reviews in the media. In 2013 he started the Da Grapevine Rap Battles which are currently very popular not just in Zimbabwe but online thanks to Facebook and Youtube. Apart from promoting shows Naboth R.I.Z.L.A has managed to successfully promote Bulawayo artists in the media by having their music played on radio stations in Harare which previously was hard to do and in some cases unheard of. He has also managed to have Bulawayo artists music as well as his own music played on radio stations in South Africa (Bush Radio in Cape Town and YFM), Zambia (Flava FM), Power Ace Radio (UK), Pamtengo Radio from (UK), Visions FM (USA), Zimnet Radio (USA/Canada) plus in a host of radio stations worldwide as the Zimbabwe Diaspora seems to be very supportive of music from home.
Naboth has managed to put together DGVTV an urban culture TV show with a healthy dose of Hip Hop as content related to his website DGV The show is online and also is distributed on physical copies in 9 cities in Zimbabwe through 1000 copies for each episode. The show has featured Bulawayo artists and events helping promote Bulawayo talent countrywide as well as international artists such as Mic Crenshaw from the USA. He managed to get his own TV show broadcast nationally (Zimbabwe) under the name Hip Hop 263 on ZTV in 2016 and 2017, yes for 2 Seasons and the show won a Zimbabwe Hip Hop Award for Best TV in 2017.
Through his Grapevine Clothing and Distribution company which he co-owns with Lwazi Mpoko aka Kompozitioner (music producer) he continues to fund all Grapevine related activities and more. One such event is the DGV Rap Battles started in 2013 and is fast becoming a very talked about monthly event. Having been started in Bulawayo it has since grown to the rest of the country with shows in Harare and more recently the Shoko Festival 2015 in Chitungwiza where they performed to over 2000 people in attendance and also at the Inwasa Arts Festival in Bulawayo 2015.
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 via the website at https://www.mixcloud.com/naboth-rizla/hip-hop-263-pt1-hosted-by-nabothrizla/
On the 16th of July 2016 Naboth RIZLA then left Power Ace Radio (UK) to start his own Naboth RIZLA Application which is an Online Hip Hop Radio Station Application playing Hip Hop Shows from around the world. He has dj’s from China, UK, USA, Zimbabwe and Zambia sending him shows to playlist weekly as well as his own 3 flagship shows namely Hip Hop 263, Hip Hop TIA and Hip Hop Universal. This record breaking Hip Hop Radio Station Application is a first in the world to do such and is available officially on the Google Play Store. Plans to bring it to the Apple Store by July 2017 are already underway.
Early 2018 Naboth RIZLA became the Radio Show Presenter on ZANJ Radio Jamaica (2018 to Present). He hosts a 2 hour show known as the Naboth RIZLA Experience every Saturday from 3-5pm CAT Time and 8-10am -5UTC Jamaica. He is also the Radio Show Presenter on Fresh Beatz Radio UK rebranded to My Hits Radio UK (2018 to Present). He has a Hip Hop TIA hour long show on there every Monday from 3pm UK Time. As if that’s not all, he is also a Radio Show Presenter on NAM Radio UK (2018 to Present) where he presents the Hip Hop 263 The Other Side hour long show every Saturday from 10pm UK Time. This just goes to show how much love he has for Radio and Broadcasting.
For more details on some of his work please follow the links below;
DGVTV Youtube Channel (DGVRIZLA)
DGV Rap Battles
Like Naboth RIZLA always says, 'the grind never sleeps', meaning he will stop at nothing when getting work done!