Prophecy’s Mask Off launch delivers in abundance
Zimbabwean rapper Prophecy dropped his debut album Mask Off on Saturday at the New Life Covenant Church Auditorium in Harare.
We had heard loads of pretty good things about the rapper and we were keen to see what he wold do on the day.
Before he came on, director of ceremonies, poet and ZiFM Stereo award-winning DJ So Profound got some great words of inspiration in before the much-traveled Courtney Antipas took to the stage.
His set was tight, slim and effortlessly skilled.
Then the man of the hour came on.
Until yesterday there were names that rolled off the tongue when it came to quality live hip hop sets in Zimbabwe. By the time we had gone through the first half hour, Prophecy had firmly installed himself as the most impressive hip hop live act we have seen in these parts.
The Shabach entertainment star was energetic, engaging and enchanting. He told hip hop in the mould of stories that made us love the genre and connected effortlessly with the everyday stories of an audience glued to his messaging.
A major highlight of the features was the incredible Mabel Madondo whose vocal brilliance needs some mainstream breathing even as someone who sings gospel. She has some incredible pipes on her. She deputised beautifully for the absent Patience Musa on Last Name.
Also to catch the eye was the ever impressive Vito.
Very rarely do we watch a live performance at a launch and feel anxious to get home to listen to the packaged effort.
With Prophecy you get that. And for good music, you do not have to believe in the message – his message is unapologetically Christian.
Good music is great music. And at quality, all the time.
And every attendee of the launch walked away with a copy of the album. Deuces.
We will be dropping the album review in the next couple of days as part of our Super Review week