CANADA based music producer Martin Chikomba better known by his moniker Solyd The Plug has been nominated in this year’s edition of Star FM Listeners Choice awards to be conducted virtually next month.
The produce-cum musician was recognised for his Amapiano remixed song Bella Ciao, which samples the soundtrack from the much hyped Netflix series Money Heist.
Solyd was nominated in the Best song by a Zimbabwean in the Diaspora.
It will however be not be an easy walk in the park, as he battles it out with South Africa based Nox Guni ( My Melody), Charlie Kay (Kumusha) Valee Music (Watora Moyo) and BET Viewers choice award winner Shasha (Sing it Back).
Solyd told Zim Morning Post Lifestyle that the nomination gave him strength to work harder.
“Well, my aim is to push music further and improve my game and the local music industry as a whole,” he said.
In this vein, he has a proven track record of helping several local artists when he teamed up with rapper Ex-Q and producer DJ Tamuka to form Mashroom Media.
In this establishment, they work with Nutty O, Novi Keys, Shamisozw, Yoca to mention a few
Solyd the Plug’s catchy Bella Ciao remix, which got him the nomination was insppired by the popular Netflix series Money Heist.
The producer believes Zimbabwe has a lot of untapped talent that can take the international market by storm.
Solyd who is also a businessman, says he currently working on an album which is aimed at opening doors on international market.
“Zimbabwean music has been underrated for a while now and yet we have artistes which are well-seasoned.
“I will be dropping an album soon and my main aim is for the album to open doors for our local artiste on the international market,” he said.
The experience he has acquired in the music game for over a decade will come in hand to unlock an international market for local musicians, he said.
“I have been in the music industry for 10 good years now and I have been a label representative and artiste manager.
“I think it’s time Zimbabwe gets its own piece of the cake on the international music scene,” said Solyd.
After basking in the glory of Bella Ciao, Solyd was to release another single in the same year title PressPlay.
The single had the Midas touch of South African producer Tboy Daflame, famed for producing Sho Madjozi’s hit song John Cena.
In July 2020, Solyd released his third single Surrender and closed the year with five singles added to his discography.
He also runs Oak Media, an independent music distribution company which he formed after witnessing a surge in cases of artistes who have failed to realise profits from their projects.
After realisation that the Covid-9 pandemic had caused income haemorrhage to musicians, Solyd launched a platform called Shoutout Africa meant to give artistes an extra income during COVID-19 period.
“Many artistes have been hard hit by the impacts of COVID-19 as they were unable to hold shows, so we have decided to launch Shoutout Africa a platform in which fans can request an artiste of their choice to make them a video they like, it might be a video of birthday wish or any other videos and this means for each video an artiste make they will get US$ 30 or more, so currently we have seen musicians joining and we are hoping more will join and we are there to help them,” he said.