Biography

The Monkey Nuts

Enigmatic. Electric. Eclectic…. If The Monkey Nuts could be defined in three words, these three would offer the best description. An imposing energy of sounds, personified by elements of electronic/digital, African, rock and hip hop tones, and this unique blend of music presents its listener with an escape form the norm. Born and bred in the City of Harare, The Monkey Nuts truly embody the spirit of what it means to combine the art and science of vocal and instrumental sounds to create vivid and dynamic soundscapes. To state it more clearly: You have to listen to these guys! They have quickly becoming one of Zimbabwe’s best-known indie/alternative Hip Hop acts. This is pleasant listening brought to you by new generation of Zimbabwean artists.

The Monkey Nuts have worked with and performed alongside a long list of international acts and artists, notably Natalie Stewart (formerly of Grammy nominated neo-soul duo Floetry), Akala (MOBO Award -Winning Hip Hop Artist), Symbiz Sounds ( German Electro DJ Duo) Shingai Shoniwa (formerly of The Noisettes) and many more.

2013 was a year of note for the collective. Its kicked of with a Sold Out performance at The Harare International Festival of the Arts, one of Africa’s top 8 festivals (according to CNN/Fest Gurus.) This performance was a live collaboration with Hope Masike on vocals and mbira and French Producer DJ OIL. In doing so, their performance became the first local Hip Hop act to sell out at HIFA. And the three days spent in the studio recording with DJ OIL before that, produced a fresh multi-faceted blend of music

Discography

One simple way to describe how this project came about, Off-the-cuff! Concepts and ideas were thrown back and forth from Zimbabwe to France via email. But because of busy scheduling nothing was actually agreed upon. So, what to do? Three…

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“Beetle Juice” is the exciting new single by DJ Oil (Marseille), The Monkey Nuts and Hope Masike (Zimbabwe)! Including a live recording!

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