|Born||Mgcini Calvin Nhliziyo|
December 15, 1985
|Years active||2003 - current|
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.
CAL_VIN 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.
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.
- Album of the Year for Year of the Vin, Zim Hip Hop Awards 2015
- Best Male Artist, Zim Hip Hop Awards 2015
- Song Of the year for Zikhupani, Zim Hip Hop Awards 2015
- The song Zkhupani was noticed by California based Hollywood makeup artist, Jackie Mgido (who has worked with high profile celebrities namely Denzel Washington, Bill Cosby and Sylvester Stallone among others) to sponsor CAL_VIN's video shoot for the single.
- CAL_VINs single Zkhupani got an endorsement from fellow South African rapper Casper Nyovest who publicly aired his acknowledgement on Twitter.
Year of The Vin
1 I.T.P.O.G 2 They Don't Know 3 Empumelelo (feat. Mj Sings) 4 Bona 5 King 6 Ngigcwale Ngawe 7 Kwesami (feat. Orthodox S.I.X) 8 Zkhuphani (feat. Cassper Nyovest) 9 Interlude 10 What Are We to Do (feat. Guluva Seven) 11 Ngenela (feat. Mj Sings) 12 Samadlwane (feat. Mai) 13 All over the World
- Straight out of Kennel
- Back Pack Season
- New Role Models
- Perfect Balance
- Zim Hip Hop Awards 2015 winners , Zimbuzz , Published:11 Dec 2015 , Retrieved: 19 Feb 2016