Asaph Chronicles Zimbabwean Hardships In New Song 'Asipheli Moya' Featuring Msiz'kay

By Takudzwa Kadzura 

Political consciousness seems to sit well with Asaph and his close followers can attest to this claim. He is a rapper who has carefully communicated modern day youth concerns through fusing deeply conscious lyricism and rhythm in a remarkable manner. Asipheli Moya in Shona translates to Hatiperi Mweya. The new track conveys defiance which is a stance most youths existing on this piece of land have taken. To never give up.


The rapper hasn’t ceased echoing Dr Nkomo’s politically charged exhortations and previously alluded how those visions continue showing in his sleep. This is a close guess why Asaph fits in The People’s Rapper shoes with regard to how Nkomo was Father Zimbabwe. Asipheli Moya is a residue of previous political and social restlessness amplified by George Floyd’s gruesome murder, Hopewell’s state arrest and the current wave of #ZimbabweanLivesMatter. Asaph addresses the paradox of a government that screams black lives matter for a distant course whilst crafting the same violence on peaceful protests.

Msiz’kay, who is last year’s Best Alternative award winner at the Zim Hip Hop Awards provides the song with tuneful vocals on an Aykay beat who of late has been the culprit behind Asaph’s works. The song is mindful of the fact that he is on a hustle to make ends meet and effectively highlights how the system has strangled our efforts  –‘Jitas wanna talk deals tell him talk to my Nostro, too many potholes in this paper chase, swerving in and outta lane’. But Asipheli Moya. Asaph credits Winky D for the lessons and that in itself is a display of how the latter has engineered consciousness in today’s artists who look up to him.


In the second verse he dives into apparently sensitive concerns of having dirty water or none in the high density suburbs. “Listen how can I stay sane when the only choice for a hustler is corona or hunger and ain’t nobody looking out for our welfare”. Asipheli Moya is a well-timed chronicle with a great deal of relatable frustrations.

The song is out and you really need to pay attention to the “rapper from the City of Kings but prolific in the language of the Queen” The song dropped with a lyric video and he has promised to work on the video for the song when uniformed forces stop with the harassment. 

Watch Asipheli Moya lyric video by Asaph feat. Msiz'kay, produced by Aykay and tell us what you think.

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