Did they say dynamites come in small packages? Yes, he had a seat in the galaxy, that of African music stars and celebrities. When he walked up to collect this prestigious accolade, all you could do was agitate with pride – the Muroora hitmaker has been finally recognized and has won in a foreign land.
Hillary Chipunza [Hillzy] is the name and he was in the building. With his left hand placed on his chest, perhaps to calm an astounding heartbeat, Mr Masinh holding the glittery award went, “I just wanted to say thank you to my parents, shout out to everyone from Zimbabwe who is also supporting me (you and me smiled)”. This is the story of a boy who is living his dream. A boy who used to sing before a small crowd of fun loving students in high school is here today competing for airplay with international and regional music giants. Now that consistency and hard work are paying off through his music which has become the soundtrack to any love affair.
This is a story of an artiste who won an award – Best Duo or Group in African RnB – ahead of his inspiration and hero, Chris Brown who featured on Davido’s Blow My Mind which was also nominated in this category. What a strike, what a journey and it’s overwhelming. This is the category that had Nasty C as well with the song Whipped but it’s the Zimbabwean boys who took it, TV Room (Hillzy ft Garry Mapanzure).
Let’s not waffle, Lagos hosted the 6th AFRIMA edition, a famed music awards event that attracted a host of African well known artistes including Awilo Longomba and another Zimbabwean export downsides Limpopo, Nadia Nakai who won Best Female Southern Africa. 2019 has been spectacular for the humble and reserved young man who carries an unquenchable zeal to dominate the African music safari. With the year kicking off brightly with chart topping TV Room duet with his close fellow Garry Mapanzure, another budding R’N’B superstar , Hillzy wasn’t to be stopped. Some of the major highlights include their successful Legacy Tour across the length and breadth of Zimbabwe and also inclusion in the EmpawaAfrica promotion by Mr Eazi.
Today we stand firm to guard jealously a legacy in the making and avoiding the syndrome of not celebrating our own. Hillzy who has already made a mark on the international scene is rightly placed to be one of Zimbabwe’s best kept secrets and it’s safe to conclude that the future of our music is in safe hands. Hillzy who was also nominated in the Most Promising Artiste category is clearly our most valuable treasure in RNB music. Sadly, Hillzy is no longer exclusively ours, he now belongs to the whole of Africa and let’s see where it ends, no room for prophecy here.
The audience loved it more when he concluded his short thanksgiving, ‘more music is coming’. One more time, hello Africa, it’s Hillzy in the building.