Is a music genre that has a Western influence (i.e Hip Hop, Soul, R&B, and Dancehall)it is music that is different from the traditional Chimurenga and Museve music.



Urban Grooves began in the 1990s and 2000s through the 75% local content that required all local radio stations to play music by local artists. This was advocated for by the then unpopular Information Minister Professor Jonathan Moyo before being fired from this position. The policy required all radio stations to play only music by local artists for the sake of promoting local talent. it was popularised by the then Radio 3 now Power FM,it mainly depicts social ills and inequalities sometimes in humorous ways. Artists liker Maskiri, Roy and Royce, Roki and David Chipfunyise are credited for laying the ground work for the genre.


Hip hop

The first hip hop artists started emerging in the mid 80s with Peace of Ebony becoming the first hip hop group in Zimbabwe.[1] In 1994 the group won the best new group out of Southern Africa award in Radio France International Discovery contest for their single "Vadzimu" subsequently becoming the first Zimbabwean group to earn international recognition. Mizchif made history by becoming the first hip hop solo artist to sign an international record deal with Sony one of the best recording labels in the world. Some of the pioneers of the genre include King Pinn, Mau Mau,Munetsi, Maskiri and Metaphysics. A new generation of artists includes Tehn Diamond, Jr Brown,Synik and POY. The inaugural Zim Hip Hop awards ceremony was launched in 2011 with Stunner scooping the best male award and the late Amelia David posthumously hounered for the best female artist.[2] A brain Child of AH Clothing and Unleashed magazine designer and executive designer, Aldrin Harrison, the award ceremony is held annually. In 2012 Maskiri and Trae Young scooped the best male and best female wards respectively and in 2013 Tehn Diamond and Trae Young received the best male and female awards.


The genre was the fastest growing in 2013 with artists like Guspy Warrior, Winky D, Sniper Storm, Killer T and Dhadza D being the favourites.


  1. origins of Zim hip-hop