Life Can Never Be In Reverse As Expressed by 'REVERSE EP' Through The Artful Minds of FM MUZIK & TULK MUNNY

By Tawanda Chari and Takudzwa Hillary Chiwanza

Tulk Munny Dhavhidhi Zikubhanditi is rap-swag artist based in Harare. The Dakutsika Jive hitmaker is known for his impeccable gangster verses and laid-back crispy timeless flows. As if he is in a permanent state of being high/drunk. A powerful art form for rap deliveries if you ask us.

The apt, relevant, contextual cover art for Reverse EP. "Kubva kujecha" without reverse. (Coming from low-income high density areas without reverse.)

Tinevimbo David Chimbetete (Tulk Munny’s real name) is undeniably a savant when it comes to flow and cadence, and he never stands tongue-tied or out of options in providing a great rhythm to his loyal fanbase. You nod your head. You rap along. Almost subconsciously. Interestingly, he keeps a low profile because his rapping is all he needs to stay relevant. It’s dizzying, indisputable, and above all, timeless.

And the low profile he keeps seems to justify hazy assertions that he partakes in what he raps about. Yeah, cold like that. He once intimated to us that he lets his music speak for himself because it is dope like that. And that he is more focused on pleasing his loyal fanbase (a database he is steadily building through sales of his Skiri Remufirimu album with Take Fizzo. Message him on his socials for that project, costing USD$5 or equivalent in local currencies).

Tulk Munny says his music is like marijuana on the block – the jazzman does not need advertise to the whole world that he is selling marijuana. But still, people flock to his base on their own accord for the said marijuana. Those who truly want Tulk Munny’s music will look for it.

When it comes to entertaining and convincing music quality, FM Muzik is unparalleled. He exudes a thorough, genuine understanding of musical projections and melodies (and we say via FL Studio or whatever software he employs) because his sound says it all. As soon as it hits your ears and brain. He is a fine producer who enlisted the help of Tulk Munny on Reverse EP to produce arguably one of the best Zim Hip Hop projects of 2020.

The project largely went unnoticed (it was released at the end of 2020) but that does not bother Tulk Munny at all – those who need his music will look for it. And in such a way he creates a database of unwavering, loyal fans. Staunch fans. Ride-or-die fans.

Here’s a brief breakdown of Reverse EP by FM Muzik and Tulk Munny.

Mercedes (Intro)

This tracks highlights the materialist desires from which every urban youth cannot extricate themselves from. The rags-to-riches narrative. The motor vehicle alluded to in the track (which is viewed as a symbol of individual material success) is as beautiful on the outside as it is on the inside. The design language, fluid in nature with sleek lines from the front to the rear, and the arched roofline along with the panoramic sunroof, makes it a stunner. There is a lot of hype     surrounding the cars and the attendant better lifestyle that comes with the attainment of a Mercedes – lavish parties with the hottest broads, and the inevitable Instagram gwans. The song vindicates Mercedes’ status as the bastion of luxury when it comes to automobiles.

And the song is totally a classic rags-to-riches story of urban success in the context of an African continent caught up with the vicissitudes of millennial capitalism. AKA neoliberal capitalism. If you put in the hard work, you can spoil/reward yourself with a Mercedes-Benz.

Cautious to spread narcissistic tendencies, the song seems to be a perfect opener for the overarching motif of the EP – life can never move in reverse mode. Only forward. What may be resonated by the contemporary urban slang in the streets of Zimbabwe’s cities and towns – takaenda/zvakaendwa/takananga/kunanganisa. And that all our toil must yield tangible results in the form of consumption of material wealth. Rags-to-riches bruh.


The title track largely displays loyalty personified in the strictest terms of street code. Tulk Munny is never selling out his homies under any circumstance. In Tulk Munny’s consciousness of urban hustling, snitching is absolutely unimaginable. He refuses to show the police where the drug base in the hood is at. He actually plans on conning bogus police as revenge for scamming them money on previous raids. The irony of it though.

Because anyone familiar with the terrains of police shenanigans in urban areas will tell you that these days they are looking for that money. But Tulk Munny rubbishes the Babylon by cementing his street cred – time-wasting is not part of his hectic schedule and no one can roll a blunt for him. Or no one can arrest him for rolling blunts. Tulk Munny never ceases his agenda – marijuana must be legal and he will smoke it for eternity. Which is empowering enough.

So High

Whoever did that hook definitely has the soul of a singer. Love is beautiful and sometimes addictive. Now, imagine for a person like Tulk Munny who professes substance-consumption in his catalogue of timeless songs. The substances plus the love become a straight overdose for his mind. And imagine a gevha like Tulk having been subjected to love portions …

But was he talking about the enigmatic euphoria of romantic relationships with his woman or marijuana? Such ambiguity portrays Tulk Munny’s artistic freedom and prowess – he does not shy away from evoking feelings of suspense in the listener. We feel he could have been concretely conclusive to accommodate new listeners but we are convinced that is what makes such listeners inclined to more of Tulk’s music. Have your guesses, on whether he referred to his woman or marijuana in the track So High …

Kure Kure (interlude)

Translation: Came from way back or we have been together a long time. We intricately know each other’s past and because of that, we share an unbreakable and unmalleable bond of loyalty.

It remains unclear whether it's a reference to a person or something else. It would largely sound as if here is a bold declaration of a romantic suitor who is unwilling to share his subject of interest with the world – “Kure Kure kwandakabva naye … ndewangu ndega.”


Life in Africa can get unbearably hard and nothing is really ever rosy. In literally all facets of life. War, sickness, hunger, poverty, corruption, lack of basic public services such as education, water and sanitation, public transport, etc. make the headlines both on the continent and in the media of Global North countries such as America and European countries. As if perpetual poverty and conflict is the perpetual determinant of Africa’s dynamics. And this mostly affects both the rural and urban youth. It is a consciousness warped.

Is Emoyeni a person's feeling or an era?? The song brings that nostalgia of the liberation war – the spirit of freedom at that time is that same that must envelope every youth [rural and urban] and the elderly populations as well. Everyone is in dire need of this freedom.

The original song that they sampled is descriptive of the difficulties liberation war heroes went through. Emoyeni was initially composed and performed by Light Machine Gun Choir (effectively ZIPRA’s choir) at the height of the liberation struggle in the late 70s.

FM Muzik and Tulk Munny convey the message that we have been stripped of our human rights to fight for our country. But in the same vein, Emoyeni speaks of the power of unity, and friendships that it [liberation war] was not a one man's battle, but a concerted one. Guided by left-leaning ideologies.

This song becomes a contradiction from the unbridled, individualistic desires for material wealth – consumerism. By sampling a song that banked on Leftist ideologies, FM Muzik flexes his production credentials while Tulk Munny conveys hope for Zimbabwe, his beloved motherland.

Even though it is searingly tough, with perennial financial challenges, people should be determined emotionally through their vulnerability, to make a better living.

Easily the best song on the EP. Not because of the subject matter alone but the idea behind the song and the immaculate production.

Work hard even for a little. Do anything for the money because it's hard in Africa. Tulk Munny reminds us of it's a race against time, not against other individuals. So, we have to take it easy on how hard we push ourselves. It's work both smart and hard. Fight against poverty.

Are we headed for the wild?

There is an issue with young people not being given chances in the government and any of the important places. Tulk made a point to be careful in speaking against the government or attempting to keep them accountable because of the ominous disappearance of political activist Itai Dzamara.

Sunday to December

This one is a hustler's anthem that conclusively ends REVERSE EP. Again, with immaculate production that allows Tulk Munny to be dreamily lyrical, Sunday to December is the ultimate motivation you need as a gevha in the hustle, both rural and urban.

The duo basically gave props to every hustle there is. They preach patience, saying that when it comes to materialist desires you need to chill till you have some substantial cash in your possession. Again, contradictory from the opening track. But in artistic ways, as regards thematic issues, the Mercedes and Sunday to December seamlessly intertwine. You cannot move in reverse mode in life. We love the catchy hook and the descriptions around artisanal mining gwans.

It's motivation to keep kicking and pushing for that money. Instrumental made the whole concept tick. The guitar on top of the baseline was a nice touch. Sounds like a winners song. It feels like a winner's song.

Listen to REVERSE EP by FM Muzik and Tulk Munny via this Apple Music Link.  You do not want to miss this one. 

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