Jonathan Mbiriyamveka Entertainment Reporter
Zimbabweans will have another go at Big Brother Africa — The Chase now in its homestretch when the hip-hop duo of Tehn Diamond and Junior Brown as well as one of the top DJs Otis “The Flow” Fraser feature at Africa’s biggest reality show. Though Tehn Diamond, Junior Brown and Otis will not be competing for the prize money of US$300 000, they will be all out to entertain not just the housemates, but Africa at large.
The rappers have redefined Zimbabwean hip-hop with their easy delivery on stage and high-octane performances. Not only have they set the trends, but also raised the bar for other rappers. The two are expected to collaborate on Big Brother Africa — The Chase this Sunday just like they did at the Harare International Festival of the Arts in April where they got everyone singing along to their club bangers — “Madrinks” and “Happy”.
The party doesn’t stop on August 17 when Star FM, the leading commercial radio, makes its presence felt across Africa when Otis takes charge of the Channel O Party Zone.
There is no doubt this will be the most anticipated party of the season as the reality series come to an end.
When it comes to deejaying in Zimbabwe you cannot leave out Otis. Like his stage name suggests, music literally flows like water downstream be it hip-hop, R&B or house. Otis or simply “The Flow” makes it happen for you.
He throws down some serious mixes whether you are an old skool or new skool head. Once the most sought-after DJ on the party scene in Bulawayo nightclubs, Otis has been staging gigs in London and Leeds over the years. A part-time producer, he shot to fame as a radio and club DJ in the early 90s, having been a hit on then Radio 3 (Power FM) and ZBCTV’s Teen Scene. He left Zimbabwe for South Africa where he produced “Tsodiyo” and “Final Battle” for the late Lebo Mathosa of Boom Shaka and Bongo Muffin, respectively.
He then moved to Botswana where he continued with television broadcasting and radio work. He has also contributed to the pioneering projects of other producers, including Skizo.
It is always a joy to listen to “The Flow” be it in the club or on radio. He returned to join Star FM, the first commercial station to hit the airwaves, where he hosts Flow Tyme Drive Show.