They gate-crashed and performed at the second edition of Bulawayo Arts Festival’s Youth Music and Dance expo in June and their stellar performance was one of the highlights of the youthful expo.
The two brothers go by the names of Simbarashe (Bounty Bee) and Kudakwashe (Skutanfyah) Binya and together they are called The Binyaricans, a Zim Dancehall group that is tipped to be the face of the genre in Bulawayo.
How did they pounce and be manipulative, to the extent of terrorising the stage at Baf?
“We were never on the list of performers on that day (4 June) as we were not registered. However, with faith in God we knew that we wanted to be part of the Baf experience at any cost.
“We went to the venue (Amphitheatre) and we were among the volunteers who were designing and decorating chairs. We talked to one of the organisers (Thabani Moyo) and he squeezed us on the tight line-up to perform, the rest is history,” said Bounty Bee.
Their passion for music comes from their mother Emmie Binya, a die-hard fan of the Binyaricans.
“We have a passion for music and it’s all because of our mother. She is a teacher at Inkanyezi where we did our primary level education. She conscripted us to the school choir and traditional dance group at a young age. “Apart from her, our inspiration comes from Bounty Killer and General Degree, we started listening to their music way back and the sound we developed is almost similar to theirs,” said Skutanfyah.
The new kids on the block boast of several singles and they are in the studio, putting final touches to their first album.
“For our album to be dropped, we are reaching out to the corporate world to assist us to realise our dream and the response is so far good. Our manager Desmond Ntini is working so hard to make us a brand to reckon with,” said Bounty Bee.
Apart from Baf, the group which hails from New Lobengula, has performed at different occasions sharing the stage with the likes of the Zimbabwe Military band, Hloseni Arts Ensemble, Dumezweni Arts Group and Imvimbi Arts.
Besides music, they are trained and qualified in Nurse Aid and Ambulance services.