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Synik (Zimbabwe/Portugal)

Synik is a hiphop and spoken word artist from the vibrant streets of
Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare. The lyrically dexterous MC is one of the
most exciting young artists in Zimbabwe right now. Thriving on
versatility, Synik switches easily from cleverly crafted soulful
hiphop joints to hardhitting lyrical raps and spoken word pieces. A
gifted rhyme - storyteller Synik is known for weaving words to create
visual poetic pieces. The ever growing artist recently picked up
guitar playing and has incorporated acoustic guitar to his
performances. He prefers to use his close relationship with words to
influence positive change and inspire people, seeking to ‘write songs
to right wrongs’. Affiliated with Zimbabwe’s cultural activist
movement, Synik understands that art should be used to address
society’s ills and he aims to do more than merely entertain with his
work. Influenced a lot by conscious hiphop and neosoul music, the
artists lyrics are mainly an expression of what the he encounters in

“The soul of Harare’s conscious Hip Hop is in the safe hands of a
small group of rappers. Among them is Synik who brings some positive
and thoughtful messages at a time when just about every cheap African
rapper is claiming a million haters and self-stamping themselves as
"King of Swag”. (the peoples hub).

While in high school a young Synik started putting his thoughts into
raps in his school note books having been a fan of hiphop since he got
introduced to the culture in his childhood. His high school had a
large community of people who were also drawn to hiphop as an
art-form. He was briefly part of Bulawayo based underground outfit,
Encrypted Minds in 2001. The moniker is a remnant of this phase in his
growth when he was influenced by hardcore underground hiphop. He
started recording late 2003 in Harare, a period where he worked with
the Phranchyze members Phlow and BC. His first release was an EP (The
Beta Version 2008) which highlighted Synik’s storytelling skills and
lyrical prowess. The EP has been labelled a street classic by some and
it earned Synik respect in Zimbabwe’s hiphop community. He also
released a single (God within/Find a way 2010) which revealed a more
soulful Synik. He has featured on numerous projects including the
African hip-hop mixtape 2, as well as collaborations with numerous
Zimbabwean and African acts (Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia, Kenya).
His performing career developed when he got into Harare’s lively
spoken word/hiphop scene. He would soon become one of the most
regular hiphop and spoken word performers at events such as Mashoko,
The Circle, Chimoto Poetry Slams (Alliance Francaise), and the
Acoustic Nights (Zimbabwe German Society). In 2010 as part of
Poeticause he was involved in the Theatrical/ Poetry production
’Prisms’ with fellow poets Blackpearl, Nebila, Flowchild and Aerosol.
Some of his notable performances were at The 2010 Bulawayo edition of
the Zimbabwe Social Forum, The One Day Hiphop Festival (Alliance
Francaise), 2011 Independence Day Concert (with the hiphop band, the
Monkeynuts), The Republic of Pungwe Launch and The Shoko
International Hip Hop festival. If he is not on stage Synik can be
easily spotted throwing rhymes in a cipher on Harare’s streets.
With a number of projects scheduled to come in the near future Synik
is set to continue making waves in Zimbabwean hiphop and beyond.

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