Flipping The Pages of the Book Of Dakari, A Story Told By Dakid Verse

By Takudzwa Kadzura 

Mula Nation is a prominent hip hop group and one of the notable music stables here in Zimbabwean hip-hop. They have managed to stay relevant for a considerable time now and it would be interesting if their story was to be made conspicuous or at least talked about.

And here is a story detailing an intriguing career of their signee, Dakid Verse. Blantyre gave birth to Masimba Temwani Biyasi before Harare mothered him to be streetwise and become a rapper. He would grow up in Mabvuku where he enrolled at Simudzai Primary and Mabvuku High. As if that were not enough, Temwani proceeded to attend Prince Edward and Ellis Robins when they moved to Milton Park. Perhaps these are the wanderings that have blessed the game with a talented nomad, laden with positive vibes and relatable youthful experiences.

Dakid Verse released The Book Of Dakari in 2020 and says his music is usually about telling his experiences in the urban culture of Zimbabwe. Open mic sessions at the Book Café unlocked his rapping ability despite still being in school. Through telling the Zimbabwean story in first person, his music has attracted listeners and earned the Mula Nation contract papers. His career moves steady with a couple of videos on his YouTube channel. Dakid Verse has worked with popular hip hop personalities in the country namely Ti Gonzi, Scrip Mula, Nyasha Timbe and not forgetting his roots, he has collaborated with Afro Beat artist Kid Buba from Malawi. Nigerian rapper Lil Dizzie adds to the growing ambitions of breaking out on the African music landscape by Dakid.

“Besides music I am also a journalist, graphic designer and professional photographer. I have worked for various media houses and currently plying my trade at The Public Visuals. My discography is composed of Untold Stories EP (2017), The Father Of The Son (2018), Rhythm Black Vol 1 and to mention my successful breakout song Jecha which received wide airplay even regionally,” he told ZimSphere.

The 5-track EP has the following tracks; Hamuchafone, Mapapiro, Ngoro, Keys and Hameno. Hamuchafone is a call to the lost loved ones in the search for answers – sei muchidaro? In Mapapiro he flexes his multi-handedness in the music industry as he rides on a Leekay riddim of the 16 Law hit by Poptain and Boss Pumacol. As we continue flipping the pages of this book, Ngoro is the 3rd chapter where he vows to never stop his hustles.

The soldiering rapper goes back on his knees in the track Keys where he seeks the guardianship of the Most High. And in completion of the journo’s book, like a typical rapper he addresses hate which we know is part and parcel of the hip hop industry or perhaps with every genre in the song Hameno. 

The Book Of Dakari compiles a wide range of experiences in the urban setting and contemporary culture dynamics.

You can watch the video of Hamuchafone via the ongoing Ghetto Ark Sessions spearheaded by Dir Leoy V.

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