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12/08/2014 00:00:00
by Showbiz Reporter I Agencies
It’s not technically gospel music, you wouldn’t play it in church ... Kudzai Max
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THOSE who attended the 1998 Harare show by American rap group The Lost Boyz would likely remember a teenage rapper who made the headlines with her performance as one of the curtain raisers.

Kudzai Max was 19 then and now, several years later the Hertfordshire Christian rapper has unleashed her unique blend of “gospel and scripture” with a new single that has got the music industry talking.

Kudzai’s Time Will Tell explores what it was like to move to England from her native Zimbabwe and her struggle to find her way in life.

Rock Heavy’, ‘War-Games’ and ‘Hard to the Core’ are just few of the words in the song lyrics describing the artist’s difficult journey in life, as well as breaking into the music industry.

The mother-of-three, who came to the UK 12 years ago, said: “I wasn’t born and bred here, relocating here was tough to say the least.

“It’s hard to find yourself in a new environment.”

The Welwyn Garden City resident, 35, added: “It [the track] is a cross between gospel and scripture, which is such an inspiration.

“It’s not technically gospel music, you wouldn’t play it in church. It’s rap inspired by the gospel.”

Kudzai’s song is now available on iTunes and has been described by publicists as “about faith, hope and acceptance” that “breaks the barriers”.

Time Will Tell- Kudzai Max

Kudzai’s journey as a singer-songwriter began when she was in junior high school where she wrote the first rap verse of Time Will Tell in response to a challenge. She was only fifteen years old. Since then her passion for music exploded.

While studying art in college, she performed with a local band (URJ) as a back-up singer and it was only in 1998 that she took to the stage on her own as a curtain raiser for The Lost Boyz.

According to her website, instead of heading for a full time music career, Kudzai focused on completing her studies in design, art and photography, the disciplines she continued to pursue upon relocating to Great Britain.

The challenge of starting a new life on a different continent left no time to actively pursue a career in music, but Kudzai spent many hours writing and producing music, a lot of which she still has in her archives.


After making a decision to focus on family and to search for  a higher purpose, Kudzai found herself  back on the stage  as part of the church choir and enjoyed nearly a decade of singing with a wonderful team.

Occasionally, when the church had community outreach events, she would feature with a rap performance centred around the new sense of purpose she now embraced.

The video for Time Will Tell was directed by Marco Torrens who said: “I’ve never really been a rap fan and certainly never expected Christian rap to make such a statement.

“It truly was the most exciting piece of work I’ve done to date.

“Kudzai is a talented artist and it was a pleasure working with someone of her calibre.”

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