Shoko Festival 2015 is Zimbabwe’s leading urban culture fiestas on the Zimbabwean entertainment calendar. The fifth edition was bigger and better held at three venues in Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital city spoken word enthusiasts enjoyed Poetry, Com- edy, Dance and Music.
Shoko Festivals line up was made up of local and international acts such as Junior Brown a Zimbabwean MC, Soljah Love a Zimbabwean Dancehall artist, Blak Twang and Silverstone based in the U.K. Bucie, Casper Nyovest both based in South African and many more amazing artists.
The highlight of the festival besides the international artist that came for the festival was the Hub Awards and the Hub Unconference held at the Harare City Library. The Hub Unconference is a platform under the Shoko festival where creativity, innovation, and action shine through the festival. In 2014 200 young creatives attended the event. This year the attendants welcomed guest speakers from The Guardian a UK newspaper, Kenyan Photoactivist Boniface Mwangi. The event was designed to challenge attendants to think innovatively about how to take action on issues that affect them in their communities either it be physical and digital realms. The awards saw cash prizes given away with support to assist the ideas and innovations grow.
The Chitungwiza Community Hall grounds saw the traditional Peace in the Hood concert and the DGV Rap Battles. The community hall grounds were graced by Zimbabwe’s legendary hip-hop artists such as Metaphysics and Zim legit performing to a huge crowd of over 2000 attendants at the event. The DGV Rap battles did not even disappoint with killer bars and mind-twisting punchlines dropped by MC’s such as Kingson Mac, Spliffah Ray, Tap Tap and AyKay.
Notable performances were by Blak Twang Tony Rotten a.k.a. Taipanic a.k.a. Blak Twang is an award-winning hip-hop heavy-weight, who has released two albums – 19 Long Time and Kik Off. Besides producing most of his own tracks he’s also found time to work for other artists like Beverley Knight and Tom Jones as well as Seanie T. and Karl Hinds from his Rottonous family. Artists such as Monkey Nuts, award-winning comedian Clive Chigubu, Shingi Mangoma, Casper Nyovest, and Awa. An amazing festival can’t wait for the sixth edition in 2016 and celebrate with Shoko the power of words.