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Official release for Trace Elements Mixtape by Naboth RIZLA (Zimbabwe)

The mixtape was written and performed by Naboth RIZLA, mixed by Dj Mellow T a well-known club dj in Bulawayo with over 20 years of experience in the business. Mastering was handled by Da Kompozitioner an accomplished music producer. Extra vocals came from Cassandra Kay an Australian based vocalist with an amazing voice. This mixtape is Naboth RIZLA’s first solo mixtape as he prepares to release his #TheGrindNeverSleeps EP scheduled for late 2014. 

Naboth RIZLA is well known for co-founding a hip hop website based in Bulawayo (Zimbabwe) with Da Kompozitioner called www.da-grape-vine.com This website is responsible for promoting Hip Hop not just from Zimbabwe but the world over. It also has a tv show dubbed Da-Grape-Vine TV (DGVTV) and a popular rap battle monthly showcase known as Da-Grape-Vine Rap Battles all of which are presented, hosted and are the brainchild of Naboth RIZLA. The rapper is also a freelance writer that sees him contributing to several publications like www.worldhiphopmarket.com (USA) and Hype Magazine (South Africa) hardcopy publication. He also hosts the Street Blaze Radio podcast currently on its second month running.

Musically in 2005 he was involved with a USA/Zim music compilation called Hip Hop is Timeless were local artists from Bulawayo (Zimbabwe) traded verses with artists from Texas (USA). As DGV TV he teamed up with SDR TV from Zambia in 2013 for the UNWTO Mixtape which saw actual copies being distributed at the conference in Victoria Falls. On the mic he released a mixtape under the rap crew SKR (Spinx, Kompozitioner and Rizla) called Gold Tapes Vol 1 in 2011 which saw them getting a lot of airplay on local and international radio and saw them perform at Shoko Festival 2012. SKR music was featured on Big Brother Africa house 2008 and in 2013 SKR song (BYO) Bulawayo featuring Trey was part of the Africa Nations Cup soccer showcase CD compilation which features HHP and Zone Fam amongst other notables held from 19 January to 10 February 2013.

Naboth RIZLA has released a single called Fast Lane as his first single to TheGrindNeverSleeps EP to be released late 2014 and this song released late 2013 has seen him gain a following that has supported his current mixtape by making it have over 400 downloads on its release date of the 4th of July 2014.

Follow the FREE download link below to get your copy of Trace Elements;

http://www.datafilehost.com/d/b83ac611

Get in touch with Naboth RIZLA by;

www.reverbnation.com/nabothrizla

www.twitter.com/nabothrizla

www.facebook.com/NabothRIZLA

www.youtube.com/DGVRIZLA

 

Author:

Assistant Professor in the African Studies Department at Howard University. Professor of the course Hip Hop and Popular Culture in Africa. Researcher and photographer of hip hop in Africa.

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