Bret Kamutenga, THE King is back!
After lying low for almost two years without releasing any “major” project, Tafadzwa “Asaph” Tarukwana, is set to re-introduce himself in the African Hip Hop streets as he will release his much-anticipated Big Mhofu Extended Play (EP) on 11 November.
This is Asaph’s first full-length offering to be released under Def Jam Africa and to emphasise on the enormity of the deal, the EP will be launched at Ster Kinekor at the premiere of black-inspired marvel project Black Panther: Wakanda Forever premiere.
The EP has seven songs including Mtukudzi Flow, Nothing to Lose featuring his best friend Ganyaz Jr, Keeping it G, Learn to Live featuring Bhekiwe, The Business featuring Holy Alpha, First Day featuring Bhekiwe with the smash hit Thebelele on which Loki is featured coming in as a bonus track.
Asaph defined his latest EP as a rebirth of a hip hop Kingpin as well as a piece of rediscovering his identity as a creative.
“The inspiration behind this particular project is about my rebirth and rediscovering my identity as an artiste.
“For the past few years since 2019, going through Covid-19 lockdown and the passing of Cal_Vin, these are some of the things that took away my energy and motivation and when the signing happened, it was such a big deal but I feel like I went through it a bit numb.
“With this project I reclaim my identity, redefine who I am and the energy to move forward as the Mambo of Hip Hop,” said Asaph.
The artiste went on to add that he made sure that the project was well-balanced to cater for his fans’ different music tastes.
He said some of the tracks in the project were introspective and conscious where he really takes the audience on his personal journey of reviving himself, confession and repentance.
“The project took me a while to complete because I had written some parts of the songs last year so it basically took nine months to be fully completed. I believe I included all the ingredients and recipes which I am sure my fans will love,” said Asaph.
Asaph is a fan of Black Panther such that when he realised Wakanda Forever would drop on the same day as his EP, he “got excited to get the two energies in the same place because Black Panther represents African culture.
“As an African I can identify with African Superheroes, which then led me to approach the Ster Kinekor management to launch the two projects at once as they are all common with Africanism,” said Asaph.