Chitarisiro Chikete, porpularly known as MC Chita is a Zimbabwean 5 time award winning hip-hop/rap artist. To date he has released 6 albums with his most recent being “#iChitarisiro Vol.1”. Join us in this light hearted interview as he sheds more light on his musical career and personal life.
What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
I can bake. Like really well. CakeBoss Buddy got nothing on me😂😂
What is one thing you wish you knew when you were younger?
I wish I knew that to make it in this music industry it takes a lot of self investment. When I was younger, it was all about getting a deal. Now I know that you need to push for yourself no matter what.
What item in your closet do you wear the most?
Ummm. Either my black leather and cotton jersey from ZARA or any of my plain black or white tees.
Who would you take on a date on space and why?
Donald Trump so I can leave him there. He’s proven that he’s bad for the environment. No but honestly, my daughter. She’s like a genius and I know checking outer space would be a dream come true for her.
When did you start wrapping?/ What got you into Hip Hop? I was about 9 years old and used to be into break dancing and all. Then this one kid saw me dancing and asked if I could rap. I tried and failed badly but then I thought “hey this is something I should b able to do” so I just kept at it.
Were you influenced by old records & tapes? Which ones?
Nas #ItWasWritten was definitely one of my biggest influences musically. Wrote my first bars to that album. Besides that my other influences were #naughtybynature #notoriousBIG #WutangClan and especially #methodman #Tical album.
Which track speaks to you the most from the #ItWasWritten Nas album?
On part 1 it has to be #HustleOn + #Inshalla mostly because of the messages they carry. The whole album is about perseverance but these two tracks bring it home. #Inshalla also speaks to me because it is reflective of my time in the middle east. I got to see how beautiful the Islamic religion and gained a new perspective about it.
What does your name mean &/or where did it come from?
My full name is Chitarisiro. So people have been calling me Chita from long back. My initial rap name was Ciytayn but people kept confusing it with… Satan. That didn’t sit well with a lot of people. Then one day when I was working at this other club the owner asked me what my stage name was for a flyer advert. I told him “Ciytayn” and he just looked at me then wrote “Mc Chita”. Name stuck ever since.
What are your fondest musical memories? In your house? In your neighbourhood or town?
Would have to be my first time on stage. I remember I had my eyes closed the whole time till I said something like “lemme hear u say oh yeah”… The whole crowd screamed “oh yeah”. I opened my eyes to see everyone with their hands up. The feeling was so intense. I have been chasing that high ever since.
How would you describe yourself as an artist?
Hmm. Well I like to think of myself as well rounded and experienced yet also still willing to learn and evolve. As much as I’ve developed in my craft, I still feel there’s always room for improvement so I push myself even harder.
How would you describe your own style?
I mean it still is hip hop but there are influences from a lot of different genres. From #Dancehall to #Afropop to #EDM you can hear the influence particularly dancehall because I’m from a country which celebrates it a lot.
How do you think you differ from other artists?
How do I answer that without seeming arrogant… One way is that I don’t see myself as someone who’s made it in this industry yet. I’m still striving to achieve what I set out to achieve initially. So when I meet a “fan” I don’t see them as fans, but rather as partners in my movement. If that makes any sense. Plus I try to remain humble.
What do you think of the hip hop scene in Zimbabwe?
It’s definitely improved. Still needs work but most greasy things do. I just wish the public would cut us a bit more slack. Hate the fact that we seem to be the only genre which isn’t being taken seriously. Then when try defend ourselves we get told we catching feelings.
What’s the most important item in your music collection?
My phone. It’s got everything. Lyrics, concepts, beats, contacts, contacts, you name it.
Dead or alive, who would be your dream collaboration?
Dead… The one and only Bob Marley and Amy Winehouse. Alive… @ChronixxMusic and @Professor12. Oh and Wizkid.
What’s in the pipeline?
I’ve got a track with @miss_crimsonblu on #iC2 where I kinda borrowed @professorkalawa’s flow on #Lento. It’s crazy! Well #iChitarisiro2 is pretty much wrapped up. Then there’s a collaboration album with @jnrbrown263 in the works. And just plenty more singles too.
Any Final Shout-Outs?
Well first of all to all my day one’s. You’ve been with me from the start and we’re far from the end. Hope you’ve been enjoying the ride as much as I have so far. To my family and friends, thank you for putting up with all my issues. It’ll be worth it I promise. And lastly to you Divas Inc for taking the time to holla at me. This was fun. Look out for the new album!
By: Tapiwa Mhlanga