About Us

Outspoken is a spoken word emcee from Harare, combining soul-stirring, politically infused lyrics with an Afrosoul hip-hop sound. Outspoken is the frontman of Harare-based band -- Outspoken and The Essence -- a fusion of Hip-Hop with Reggae, Soul, Rock and African rhythms. He is also one half of the Hip-Hop duo -- Dialectrik Blue -- an underground outfit with something to say. 

Outspoken the activist is the co-founder and Projects Manager of Magamba Network, an organization that uses artistic expression as a tool for community development through organizing and hosting various skills-sharing workshops and community outreach projects, events and concerts, festivals and comedy productions and parodies.

Born in September 1983 to the name Tongai Leslie Makawa, Outspoken the artist has stretched his art-form from Zimbabwe, to South Africa, the U.S.A., Germany, Belgium, Serbia, Reunion Island, Kenya, Senegal, Botswana, Swaziland, Netherlands, and beyond, touring either with his band or as a solo spoken word artist. Outspoken and The Essence is set to release their debut double album  titled Uncool and Overrated (Disk One) : God Before Anything (Disk Two), in July 2013. His band comprises of drums, bass, guitar, violin, brass section and backing vocals to accentuate his spoken word and Hip-Hop style.