McKnife is a 2011-2012 Zimbabwe Hip-Hop Award accolade nominee and winner of the Best New -Comer category and for his production work with fellow UK based Zimbabwean rapper Karizma.
As much as he is one of the best producers out of Zimbabwe to producer music which can be consumed by ears on a international scale. McKnife is also a seasoned rapper and songwriter and is one of the first Zimbabwean rapper to have his music "Party All Night" played on a United Kingdom national radio station NE1fm by Wayne C McDonald a highly respected international producer,disc jockey and songwriter who has worked with international artists such as Musiq SoulChild, Kelly Rowland, Ryan Leslie , Talay Riley just to mention a few. The beauty of McKnife’s talent is his ability to produce his own beats, arrange, write and master his own music material an asset only a few artists in the world can do.
At the moment McKnife is enjoying more international airplay with radio stations in France, Nigeria, Ghana, Angola and Gambia playing one of his songs titled “African Sunshine”, which seems to have been received well in the AfroBeats/Azonto music scene. Other McKnife's songs enjoying the International exposure are "Get to Know You", "Party All Night", "Magic Moments", "Be A Superstar" and "I Glow".
Born Tinashe Mubanga, Mcknife recorded his first single titled"Cant Stop" in 2009 which received positive feedback from local music critics in Zimbabwe. A lot of people do not know that he started music as a Rapper but explored beat production after taking music classes in high school. He merged up with Dj Xlay to form LTC Records which has now dissolved and have since parted ways with DJ Xlay.
In July 2011 he released his first compilation "IT IS WHAT IT IS” mix-tape volume 1" which he co-produced with DJ Xlay. The 12 track mix-tape managed to get radio play for over a year which resulted in him being nominated "Best New Comer" at the 2011 Zimbabwe Hip -Hop Awards.
In April 2012, Mcknife collaborated with another well nourished Zimbabwean rapper Karizma to release a joint mix-tape project called"No Introductionz" which stamped them as the most influential rappers in the Zimbabwean hip-hop scene. The project managed to get national and regional radio play and also got a nomination at the Zimbabwe Hip Hop Awards 2012.
In Oct 2012, McKnife he produced the "Maneta Riddim" a reggae and dancehall beat production which saw him collaborate with the Drum-Dada one of Zimbabwe’s fast rising reggae/ zim-dancehall musicians who voiced over the production. .
Mcknife’s production and rapping resume includes working on local and international projects with artists such as Tag Team, Albie Stylez, Xndr (Team Rehab), Mc Cut & Darkface, Errol Gladman. McknifeMusic is inspired by society and life’s day to day occurrences and his vision is to break into the international Hip-Hop scene and be recognised worldwide for love of music and Hip-Hop
As for what the future holds for McKnife, he released hisfirst mainstream studio album titled "Let My Conscience Bleed" on the 06/11/2013.The music video for one of tracks to be on his album #NumberOneFan is already airing on Zimbabwean & South African based Television Channels and is also available to view on #Vevo & #Youtube.
Check out some of his material on YouTube by following the links below:
1) Number One Fan - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXtCVG2v8Zc
2) Block Cypher - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JPEhve0nZM
3) Number One Fan (behind the scenes) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1hoWa9nwwQ
4)African Sunshine - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QStj1oICqdg