CAL_VIN is an award winning Zimbabwean rapper whose popularity has risen since 2014. He has done collaborations with well known artists in Southern Africa like South Africa rapper Cassper Nyovest.

Born Mgcini Calvin Nhliziyo
December 15, 1984
Residence Bulawayo
Nationality Zimbabwe
  • Musician
Years active 2003 - current



CAL_VIN, real name Mgcini Calvin Nhliziyo, was raised in the High Density Suburb Luveve in Bulawayo. Heavily influenced by iconic musicians like Michael Jackson, Tupac, Oliver Mtukudzi and Jay Z. Calvin was introduced to rap and provided with an opportunity to record in the year 2003. He went on to start making his own beats in 2004.

Music career

Cal_vin started in the music business as a rapper and then started making his own productions. From then he has focused on rapping and making Hip hop, Rnb and Afro Pop beats among other genres, this has seen him working on and producing songs with big names in the industry.

His gained some popularity in 2014 when one of his songs “Bebengakholwa”, from the “Perfect Balance” album began to top local radio charts such ZiFM Stereo, Star FM and Power FM. Bebengakholwa was a hit and went to dominate in competitions namely Bulawayo Top10 Chart on ZiFM Stereo topping the charts as number 1 for eleven weeks and also being voted ‘’Song of the Month”, three times consecutively. On Heart Beat National Chart it did well also and it stayed in the top10 for weeks.

In 2014 CAL_VIN received a Zim Hip Hop award nomination.

More recently, CAL_VIN has recently released a single called Zkhuphani which has gained some popularity locally.


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Video Gallery

Cal_Vin - Z'khuphan (Official Music Video)

Cal_Vin Live @ The Cassper Nyovest Concert

Cal_Vin - Used To Run It (Official Music Video) Directed by Trey Ncube

NAM 2016 Performance

ZiFM Stereo Interview with Patience Musa

Cal_Vin @VOWFM interview with Dj Lwazi

Some Articles About CAL VIN

Rapper Cal Vin goes on blasphemous tirade, dares God and Jesus to take his life Fri Jan 13 2017

Freestyle by Bulawayo hiphop artists Cal Vin and AwA Khiwe Thu Sep 29 2016

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  1. Zim Hip Hop Awards 2015 winners , Zimbuzz , Published:11 Dec 2015 , Retrieved: 19 Feb 2016