Arguably the next best South African rapper is here. Similar to his immediate predecessors, this rising (potential) star has been busy building a fan base while he waits for the spotlight to pan in his direction. The talented rapper Francis Chikambvi well known as FBVE OB (stage name) was born in Zimbabwe on 27 June 1994 and raised in Soshanguve block T in a family of six.
Francis’s passion for music started from a young age while listening to his brother’s rap and he knew from that moment that this was his passion and at that time he was only 12 years of age. ”I grew up creating music, composing instrumental/beats and playing a piano some of the things that my big brother taught me and he also introduced me to digital music production software’s, I could even spend hours on the computer learning new techniques on a daily basis and therefore I can proudly say music is my passion and it is the love of my life”-said Francis.
Francis is not only a rapper but also a talented producer, beat maker, songwriter, sound engineer, videographer and a graphic designer who used to also play a keyboard at church. Hip Hop culture and rap has for more than four decades been bundled with a range of negative connotations and others equate it to violence and crime. It continues to be labelled as a criminal threat and considered as a harmful influence on kids but it is continuing to be the most celebrated stream by young people.
There’s no denying that the lyrical content of hip hop is confronting, and in many instances, it includes the glorification of violence, substance use, and gender discrimination. “I believe hip hop culture at its core is built on values of social justice, peace, respect, self-worth, community, and having fun” Said Francis. “Because of these values, it’s increasingly being used as a therapeutic tool when working with young people and it is now a worldwide phenomenon”-says Francis.
Francis biggest challenge is obtaining an audience and has been trying to market his craft through creating events, performing on the streets and also on the internet. “At its simplest, you can make a beat with your mouth (beat boxing) or on a school desk, and create or recite lyrics about anything without singing, it is cost-friendly, music-creating software and hardware puts more involved participation in reach”-said Francis.
It is now easier than ever for rappers like Francis to make music, create a beat on a computer, drop in some vocals, and boom there you have the beginnings of a song. Add the power of streaming platforms like Sound Cloud, Spotify and Apple Music makes it easier for fans to discover emerging talent, and it’s no surprise that hip-hop has been given a new and lasting way to shine.
“Becoming a successful rapper or music artist is my dream and one day I hope to be a leader and be able to create platforms/studios for young talented musicians, and with the support I have from my family (who are my role models) and friends I bet I could go far”-said Francis
Francis first album titled FBVE OB (tape) which is entirely composed and produced by himself is currently on sale. Therefore anyone can get hold of Francis on Twitter (@Fbve_OB), Facebook (fbve OB), Instagram (fbveobfrancis), for booking : firstname.lastname@example.org or call him on 0622906670.
By: MVUSO DAVHANA