Synik announces special bonus LP for Shoko Festival


200 EARLY birds who register to attend this month’s Shoko International Spoken Word and Hip Hop Festival in Harare, stand to scoop a free special edition copy of rising hip hop star Synik’s new LP, Syn City.

Touted as the definitive African rap album of the year, the new extended version of Syn City will feature a remix of Synik’s captivating skit, Marching As One as a bonus track.

Fresh from a tour of South Africa where he performed at  the Arts Alive Festival earlier this month, Synik released the track online this afternoon.

While the album version of Marching as One, features Synik spitting bars as he strums on his acoustic guitar, he has enlisted premier MC Outspoken for the remix. Kudakwashe “Begotten Sun” Musasiwa and Squash complete the production line-up of the new cut.

“The response from the performances in Jo’burg, as well as the occasion of Shoko festival compelled us to reconvene the band and record the extended version of Marching As One or Ma 1 as we call it within our production circles,” Synik told the People’s Hub in an exclusive interview this afternoon.

“The plan is to give away the special LP to the first 200 people to acquire tickets for Shoko festival. It’s a special ‘Thank You’ token for the support we have received since the launch of Syn City. The Shoko gig is going to be an explosive set which will bring Syn City to life. Backed by a full band, I will be going through the album along with some of the collaborators such as Tehn Diamond, mUnetsi, Jnr Brown, Aura, Prayer Soul, Kito and others,” Synik added.

Spoken word

The Shoko International Spoken Word & Hip Hop Festival is a celebration of poetry, hip-hop and urban culture that strives for positive social change and democracy that was organised by Farai “Cde Fatso” Monro‘s Magamba Cultural Activist Network.

Now in its second year, the festival will this year run from 18 – 23 September and is billed to include live concerts, an artists’ debate, an international poetry slam, film screenings, live recordings, live graffiti and a cultural activist conference.

Words by @makiwahenry