Maskiri is an award winning Zimbabwean rapper/musician who came to the limelight at the turn of the century with hits such as Tambudzai and Zverudo Zvaramba. Controversy has always followed the talented rapper as he has had his music banned due to it containing explicit lyrics for Zimbabwean listeners.


Maskiri was born Alishias Musimbe in April 1980 in the dormitory town of Chitungwiza. He attended Chinembiri Primary School in Chitungwiza and Chemhanza Secondary School where he was expelled for bullying other students and absconding lessons. His parents were angry and disowned him before sending him to Guruve. He came back after a year and apologised.[1] He has four younger brothers and two sisters.

Music career

He first hogged the limelight in the new millennium where he was part of the group Phathood Entertainment with Munetsi, Mr Cee and the late Action Jackson.[2] The rapper became famous in 2002 after releasing his debut album Muviri Wese which carried the hit songs Tambudzai, Zverudo Zvaramba (featuring Roki) and Dhara Rangu. Maskiri has six albums to his name namely Muviri Wese, Blue Movie, Tapinda Tapinda, Ndotown Yacho, New Look (2010) and Recovery(2013). Recorded at Bantu Beats Studios in South Africa, the New Look album contained hits such as Handina Kwandinoenda and Wenera (featuring Nox Guni and Chagwa Black. Wenera topped the charts in 2012 becoming number two on Power FM's top 100. The video (makiri's first ever) came up tops on the Zimbabwean television. On 22 December 2012, he embarked on his maiden United Kingdom tour with Trevor Dongo and Leonard Mapfumo.


In 2012, he won the Best Male Artist at the Zim Hip Hop Awards.


At one time he nursed a broken leg for allegedly jumping off the third floor after being caught with someone's wife in 2005. In 2002 his song Dhara Rangu was banned following an outcry by Christians that the song contained elements of blasphemy.


  1. Wonder Guchu, Maskiri, the day he fell off fourth floor, Intimacy with Zim Musicians, Published: September 16, 2011, Retrieved: July 1, 2014
  2. Maskiri rebrands, launches 15 track album, iHarare, Published: November 30, 2013, Retrieved: July 1, 2014