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Maskiri (real name Alishias Musimbe) is a popular Zimbabwean rapper. He rose to fame in late 2002 with the track 'Muchinda Wangu' (My Friend) which later featured on his debut album 'Muviri Wese' (The whole body). Almost every song on the album became a radio hit with tracks like 'Zimhamha' (Voluptuous, mature woman) and "Kwedu Kuchafiwa" which loosely translated to "My Loved Ones Shall Die Too!". The latter is a song bad mouthing an inheriting son by boasting that his rich relatives shall die too and he will also get inheritance money and women.

In the track 'Muchinda Wangu' ("My Friend") he affectionately call God 'dhara rangu' which is slang meaning 'my Bigman'. The song courted exceptional controversy resulting in a public condemnation of his work. The song was eventually dumped from the airwaves after Christian protests. In "Madam Mombeshora" he raps about his high school fantasy of dating his attractive school teacher.

These are but just a few examples but Maskiri has proven to be popular in the Zimbabwe Hip Hop scene (which is often referred to as Urban Grooves). He has had quite successful collaboration concerts and has released the following albums, Blue Movie, Muviri Wese ("The Entire Body") and the very popular Tapinda Tapinda. Known for his ht song Tiri tsono with Munyaradzi Musiwacho on a song written by popular radio and tv pesonality Admire Mhungu , A song that became an instant hit across the country mainly because of its close resemblance to the lives of Musiwacho and Mhungu.

He returned to the scene in December with a banging album New Look The Album recorded at Bantu Beats Studios in South Africa,with hits like Wenera featuring Nox and Chagwa Black,Mai Maria and Handina Kwandinoenda.

His music is now available online in stores like amazon mp3 ,itunes,nokia music,eMusic etc!!

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