Tawanda Makanga (born April 24, 1997) also known as TMak is a Bulawayo, Zimbabwean based rapper, singer,songwriter, sound engineer, actor and business man. He first gained recognition as a rapper on his hit single ‘Checking On Price’ which features one of Zimbabweans top rappers ASAPH in 2016-2017. TMak is credited for popularizing the Trap Sound of Bulawayo.
- Born: Tawanda Makanga 24 April, 1997 (age 23) Kwekwe, Zimbabwe
- Other Names: The Fortune Teller, TMan, Captain Zimbabwe
- Citizenship: Zimbabwe
- Occupation: Rapper, Singer, Songwriter, actor, Sound Engineer & business man
- Years Active: 2006 – Present
- Organization: Cottage47
- Awards: Best Hip Hop Promoter (ZimHip-Hop Awards 2020), Best Trapper (SANDO Awards)
- Labels: Visceral (former), SoundTrack (former), Cottage47 (current) Associated acts(ndigo Saint, ASAPH, KBrizzy, DrumerBoy_Kenny, Portland, Area51)
- Projekt TURP (Visceral) 2015
- My Fortune
- It Wasn’t Supposed To Be Sold
- #LOVE Extensions LP
- Dead Faces
- SILENCE: Don’t Mind Them & Let Love Lead
- Who Knows
- Shifting Every Culture (Cottage 47)
- DoubleL EP (With DrumerBoy_Kenny)
- Vibes: The Long Game Vol.1 (Cottage47)
- MOSHPIT Vibes (2021) (Upcoming)
ARTICLES AND REVIEWS
- To be the voice of the youth in Zimbabwe hence why the nickname Captain Zimbabwe is given
- Growth: focusing on constant innovations and creativity
- Leadership: To show other artists that it is possible to do this line of work in Zimbabwe
- Quality: What we do we do it well
- Alternative Music
- Watching Movies & Series
- Playing Hockey
- Listening to music
- Making music
- Being social
Reliability, Loyalty, Honesty, Commitment, Open-mindedness & Consistency
TMak released his debut studio album #LOVE Extensions LP for free download with features from Calvin Treazy, ASAPH, Mitch Uta, Dough Major and many more. The album received 1000 downloads in 4hrs of release and a total of 8000 downloads via a free link. He achieved critical success and also debuting on radio with the single ‘Checking On Price’ featuring ASAPH. The single received a total plays of 10000 on Soundcloud. This is the most streamed song that TMak has on his Soundcloud. The song managed to get him a spot to headline alongside EX Q at the Opening Bash for NUST. After starting Cottage 47 in 2017 they received the first award nomination in 2019 for Best Underground. Without having gotten it they amped up the work ethic in 2020 and received 3 nominations, Best Hip Hop Promoter, Best Hip Hop Hustle & Best Hip Hop Group. They managed to walk away with 1 of the awards, Best Hip Hop Promoter.
As a business man TMak co-founded Xylem Biological Ecosystems Management with Mxolisi Masuku, Mneka Mbanje & Miranda Marwenze in 2019.
Tawanda Makanga was born on April 24, 1997 in Kwekwe, Zimbabwe. His late father, Farai Makanga was an engineer and farmer while his mother, Noaline Makanga is a retired banker. Before Farai Makanga became an engineer he used to play music with the legendary Bob Nyabinde (Teacher) in local Kwekwe clubs.
TMak’s passion for the creative industry started when he was in grade 5 at a school in Kadoma called Eiffel Flats Primary School. He joined the school choir under the instruction of Mrs Schar, the schools choir and drama teacher. She noticed his talent and made him join the annual school play where he would act as Matthew in a play titled The Mystery Of The Manger. TMak then went to a high school called Midlands Christian College in Gweru where he did 6 years. TMak stayed in acting until he found his passion for rapping and song writing.
TMak’s music journey started in 2013 where all he would do was write lyrics in a book. He was then influenced by one of his friends, RaH, to rap and he started rapping in 2015. They formed a group called Visceral with Teemo and they did their first mixtape called Projekt T.U.R.P (Totally Under Radical Possesion). After getting comfortable to the mic he worked on his first solo mixtape called My Fortune. From there TMak made his highly anticipated project called #LOVE in 2016. The project was supported by a documentary shot by The Gondo Vision. This was the first time TMak managed to get onto a radio playlist. He then extended the project later that year and made an Album called #LOVE Extensions LP. The extension was received well amongst several communities in Bulawayo. He then got a brand ambassador deal with Stylicious Hair Salon because of the noise that the album was making. That very year he headlined alongside EX Q at the Nust Opening Bash in 2016.
2017 came and TMak made Checking On Price. The song was one of the best collaborations with the cover art being done by Digitale Pilgrim Media (Cyprus Based), model on the cover art being Robyn Benza, a social media influencer and the feature from ASAPH. The song reached 10000 plays on Soundcloud. Having been played on different international radio stations the song was also recognized internationally. That year Nust invited him again and he also took part of the Gqom Life Festival held in Bulawayo in 2017.
TMak joined Cottage 47 later in 2017. The collaborative group went on to start a campaign called Cottage Fortnights where they would bring in different artists from Bulawayo and give them a platform to perform. The initiative kicked off in 2019 and Cottage 47 hosted 8 events that year. With different brands taking notice the Art Gallery in Bulawayo hosted Cottage 47 to have their last Fortnight event. After having done a lot for the hip-hop community in Bulawayo, Cottage 47 decided to host a festival called Cottage Festival. The festival was a huge success with performances from more than 10 artists from Bulawayo. Sadly with the Lockdown that happened due to COVID-19 Cottage 47 could not do anymore festivals so TMak went back to the studio to make his 5th album CHIMURENGA. The album was a collaboration between TMak and producer Portland. It received good critics with 1 article giving it an 8/10 rating. TMak then went on to win the award for Best Trapper under Cottage 47 SANDO AWARDS. Cottage 47 then received 5 nominations at the ZimHipHop awards 2020 and they won 1 for Best Promoter.
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