Solyd The Plug
Music producer Solyd The Plug
Solyd The Plug
BornMartin Chikomba
(1983-08-19) August 19, 1983 (age 37)
Masvingo
Occupation
  • Musician
  • Record Producer
  • Music Business Consultant
  • Marketing Professional
Notable workBella Ciao

Solyd The Plug, real name Martin Chikomba, is a Zimbabwean musician, record producer and music business consultant. He is famous for his single Bella Ciao, which blends the popular South African Amapiano style with the theme song of Netflix’s hit television series, Money Heist.[1]

Solyd The Plug is also one of the owners of Mashroom Media through his partnership with ExQ and DJ Tamuka. He has distributed well over 800 music videos to MTV, Trace Urban and Channel O through his music publishing business.

Background

Solyd The Plug was born Martin Chikomba on 19 August 1983 in Masvingo. He spent most of his childhood in South Africa. He is currently based in Texas in the United States of America. [2]

Early Career

Solyd The Plug started his musical career working double roles as an event manager and a DJ at Brass Monkey Night Club in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe's second-largest city. The Brass Monkey is well regarded and recommended for locals and visitors alike[3] and can accommodate up to 1 500 people.

In 2006, Solyd The Plug built up a huge following and became the first club DJ to consistently have an audience in excess of one thousand every Friday night. This streak went on for 8 months until he moved to South Africa.

In 2007, he moved to South Africa to continue as a DJ. In addition to being a club DJ, Solyd went into promotions as well. In a relatively short time, he was having paid sets at South Africa's elite clubs such as Taboo Night Club Sandton, Cacoon Sandton, Hush Night Club Rosebank and Harem Nightclub.

He achieved fame as a television personality and was featured on Channel O, MTV and TRACE events as well as at South Africa's premier horse racing event, Durban July.

Music Distribution And Oak Media Group

In 2010, Solyd the Plug opened Oak Media Group (OMG) together with his business partner Themba Davids. Oak Media which has offices in Midrand, South Africa and Texas, USA specialises in music publishing and developing artists and songwriters. [4]

Through Oak Media, Solyd The Plug has distributed over 800 music videos to MTV, TRACE TV and Channel O, making him one of the biggest content providers for Zimbabwean music videos.

Oak Media also provides artists, both current and aspiring, with a platform to showcase their talents. However, it goes beyond that as OMG's services are designed to groom artists both artistically and entrepreneurially to ensure that they have an all-round exposure to the entertainment industry.

Mashroom Media

In 2016, Solyd The Plug partnered with music producer DJ Tamuka and ExQ to open Mashroom Media. Apart from having a recording studio, Mashroom Media offers online marketing, graphic design and music publishing. Some of the artists who are under Mashroom Media include ExQ, Nutty O, Novi Keys, Shamisozw, Yoca and Spits Loui.

In 2020, Mashroom Media was relaunched with a new recording studio and new branding.[5] Nutty O's Ability Xtention (ABX) is also under Mashroom Media.

Productions

In 2020, he launched his own music brand, Solyd The Plug, and released his first single Bella Ciao, the official Amapiano Remix in April. The single which blends South Africa's Amapiano style with the theme song of television series Money Heist has proved to be very popular. Within the first 2 months of its release, the single had over 2 million streams across different platforms and has been playlisted in over 16 counties.

Following the success of Bella Ciao, Solyd The Plug went on to release his second single Press Play. On Press Play, Solyd featured South African music producer Tboy Daflame, the producer of Sho Madjozi's hit song John Cena. [6]

This was followed by the release of singles August and Surrender. On Surrender, Solyd The Plug featured Tboy Daflame again. Solyd's latest single is Pirates of Mzansi, a collaboration with DJ PressureZw.

Discography

  • Bella Ciao, 30 April 2020, Solyd The Plug
  • Press Play, 22 June 2020, Solyd The Plug Featuring Tboy Daflame
  • August, 13 July 2020, Solyd The Plug
  • Surrender, 10 August 2020, Solyd The Plug Featuring Tboy Daflame
  • Pirates of Mzansi, 17 August 2020, Solyd The Plug & DJ PressureZw


Solyd The Plug's Music

Solyd The Plug - Bella Ciao (Amapiano Remix) [Official Audio]



Solyd The Plug & Tboy DaFlame - Press play [Official Audio]



Pirates Of Mzansi (Solyd The Plug and DJ Pressurezw) [Official Audio]



Picture Gallery

References

  1. US based rapper drops Amapiano remix, H-Metro, Published: May 01, 2020, Retrieved: August 06, 2020
  2. Nutty O hints on debut album, NewsDay, Published: August 21, 2020, Retrieved: August 25, 2020
  3. Zimbabwe — Food and Restaurants, iExplore, Published: No Date Supplied, Retrieved: August 24, 2020
  4. Oak Media Group, OMG, Retrieved: August 24, 2020
  5. DJ TAMUKA & EXQ open new studio _ MUSHROOM Media. Did they quit MTM?, Earground, Published: Feb 4, 2020, Retrieved: August 24, 2020
  6. Sho Madjozi – John Cena Lyrics, Genius Lyrics, Retrieved: August 25, 2020