Tanto Wavie's 'Rudo Ibofu' EP Shows The Relevance of TrapSungura

 By Takudzwa Kadzura

Tanto Wavie’s rise continues to reflect deep roots in Zimbabwean social upbringing. The Chitungwiza bred sungura trap don has managed to curate an organic sound that resonates well with local cultures. Sungura has dominated our social spheres as the soundtrack to the general lifestyles of local Zimbabweans. Nowadays different genres are sprouting and carry different inspirations.

Tanto Wavie Rudo Ibofu trap sungura


With hip hop in the picture, young rappers have always sought relevance through acknowledging local traditions in their music which can be best understood as the localization of borrowed genres. This explains why artists like Tocky Vibes and Ti Gonzi have organically risen to stardom regardless of the reality that they belong to foreign genres. 

Culture is a complex phenomenon and in the face of corruption from contemporary music adjustments invading the industry, not many have managed to create original Zimbabwean sounds. 

Tanto Wavie, who happens to be the TrapSu originator, has worked hard to establish that aspect. His latest EP Rudo Ibofu is testimony to this claim.

The 5 track EP is Tanto’s second full length project this year following Wavie 2 album which dropped midyear. In this EP one is likely to get flashes of old sungura samples from the likes of James Chimombe. 

The game has already taken notice of hits like John Chibadura where Tanto weaves trap and sungura sounds but in Rudo Ibofu, the lyricism finesses top drawer creativity. 

The theme track Rudo Ibofu has a video which recently dropped. Other tracks Moyo Wese, Mukadzi Akanaka, Kusvika Tachembera and Tsamba offer an emotional rollercoaster and tell a story of a passionate lover who has been let down. 

It is safe to say Tanto Wavie has outgrown the Takura beef though he could not leave out this line – ini ndonyatsokuda handiite Zvemoyo!

Listen to Rudo Ibofu EP by Tanto Wavie via this link. Or via his YouTube channel

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