By Chengeto Chidi
South African hip-hop star Chad da Don, real name Donovan Chad Mansoor who rose to fame
through his music and relationship with singer/actor/dancer Kelly Khumalo has expressed interest in
working with Zimbabwean hip-hop artiste Jnr Brown.
While responding to a question posed to him in an exclusive interview with Heart & Soul about
which Zimbabwean artist he would love to work with, Chad mentioned Jnr Brown whom he said he
admired for his unique rapping style.
‘’I'd say Jnr Brown man, I like his style, he's got punchlines you know, he's really dope,’’ said the
record producer, songwriter and rapper.
Chad of course made a welcome come-back to the limelight courtesy of a collaboration with fellow
South African rapper, Emtee titled ‘Same S**t Different Day’ which he believes reconnected him
with his loyal fan base.
‘’I recently did come back in the limelight, if one should say that…. for me I've always been in the
limelight. But the song did really well, people loved it and said it reminded them of the 'real Chad’,
the 'hood Chad’,’’ he announced, ‘’I'm just happy that I gave them what they want, I gave people
what they want (and) the response has been amazing.’’
Apart from hinting that a new album was on the way, the rapper announced that there was a lot
more in store for 2020, ‘’A lot of singles, a lot of visuals, just pushing and giving people the content
that they want from me. Always working hard and pushing the boundaries,’’
Chad also took the same opportunity to commend the works of Brian Soko, a celebrated
Zimbabwean, United States-based songwriter and producer, ‘’ I'd rate him right on top, definitely
one of my favourites, if not my favourite, just his professionalism, the way he handles things in the
studio, it's amazing. Very, very special person and a good friend of mine, ‘’
At a time when the genre is drowned by genres like ‘Amapiano’ are grabbing the interests of many
listeners in South Africa and other Southern African countries, the rapper has hopes that hip-hop
stays an omnipresent genre in South Africa ‘’I think we are making the best music that we have ever
made. South Africa is on a level that we are showing people that we got what it takes and hip-hop is
definitely far from dead, I think they need to watch out for us,’’ he said.