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BornBlessed Zikhali
  • Musician
Known forBeing a Musician

8L is a Zimbabwean hip hop artist. He is known for his hit song Mainini with Zimdancehall artist Tocky Vibes


8L was born Blessing Zikhali


8L had his first studio session in 2004 at Tich Mataz studio in Highlands when someone asked for a verse and he did freestyle. He mentions that he was more of a freestyle artist but only started recording in 2011.At the time, 8L says he recorded a good number of songs but didn’t release them on radio. His 2013 compilation album titled Fiery Draft was a major hit on the hip hop scene and he went on to record Cypher Continues which featured club bangers. He has worked with the likes of Noble Styles, T Gonz, Smylie, Dobba Don and Tererai Mugwadi.[1]

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Stealing Song Allegations

He was accused of ‘stealing’ and sampling his hit song Mainini from a Ghanaian artiste Sarkodie but he however denied the allegations saying that he has never heard of the popular artist. However the song by the Ghanaian artiste has the same instrumentation and beat with 8L’s hit song.[2]


Mainini Rmx(Official Video) - 8L feat Tocky Vibes - 8L
8L - Katarina [November 2016] Afrobeats Hip Hop

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  1. Nigel Pfunfde, Hip-hop is not dead – Zikhali, NewsDay, published: February 18, 2016, retrieved: December 14, 2016
  2. Nigel Pfunde, 8L denies ‘stealing’ song…singer in intellectual property storm with Ghanaian, ShowBiz, published: No Given Date, retrieved: December 14, 2016