Fafi A.K.A. 3Percent

Fafi A.K.A. 3Percent

BandWorldHip Hop

My music blends traditional African rhythms with reggae, dancehall, and rap to give a unique thumping and hard hitting sound that cannot be pigeon-holed but can be identifiable as world music.

Biography

Word is abuzz in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, about “the dude who raps in an African way.” And that is Fafi A.K.A 3Percent, the world music artist blending traditional African rhythms with reggae, dancehall and rap. Fafi just completed an album, Afrolicious, that is ready for release. Enthusiastic about the CD, Fafi is already booking shows in the United States and in Zimbabwe to promote his music. So far he will appear at the Pocono Community Theatre in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, on April 30. He will tour his native home, Zimbabwe, in August.

Afrolicious was recorded at RocknRoll Range in Pennsylvania and Zivi Studios in Colorado, U.S.A. and Monolia Studio in Zimbabwe. Mono Mukundu, who once played for Zimbabwe’s number one music ambassador Oliver Mtukudzi, plays guitar on all the songs except one, played by Zivanai Masango, former guitarist for Zimbabwe’s world music icon Thomas Mafumo. Zimbabwe based Innocent “Scaredem” Kunsedyo and Nomsa Tina Watyoka accompany Fafi on the powerful and titillating vocals. Pennsylvania based Mark Marina plays drum set and hand drums, Felipe Campos bass, and Pieter Verbeke piano on the CD.

Fafi started seriously recording music in 2003 in New York, where he released a single, “Wafungei.” He released his freshman CD, Hakunazve in 2004. He then released a double single, “Chenzira/Wantchito,” in 2007 and his sophomore CD, Groove Or Die, in 2009. Tracks from Groove Or Die have received airplay on several radio stations in the United States, including New York’s WHCR 90.3, Virginia’s WRIR 97.3, New Jersey’s WRSU FM, Washington’s KAOS 89.3 FM, Oregon’s KBOO, Colorado’s Radio 1190 and KRFC 88.9 FM, New Mexico’s KUNM-FM 89.9, and Utah’s KZMU 90.1 FM. In Zimbabwe the song “Chenzira” off the CD played on all the country’s radio stations, mostly on Radio Zimbabwe.

Performing with a band consisting of a drum set, hand drums, bass, guitar, keyboard, percussion, and three vocalists, Fafi is ready to hit the stage to promote his new CD Afrolicious that is ready for release.

Discography

Wafungei (2004)
Hakunazve (2004)
Chenzira/Wantchito (2007)
Groove Or Die (2009)

Set List

Our typical set is a power 2 hours of orginal hard hitting and thumping danceable world rap music fused with reggae, dancehall, and reggaeton with the following songs:

Talk To Me
Are U ready
Usandimirire Pagedhi
Chenzira
Afrika Let's Dance
Kana Wamutanga Musikana
Wantchito
Nyaya Dzerudo
Chillin'
Afrolicious
Groove Or Die
6 Dayz A Week
Chegutu
Dance
Long Lonely Road
Dananai
Rudo
Faya Lobi
Tsamba Yerudo
Ndichabata Denga
Ndinomuda Sei
Mom