Voltz JT stands as a luminary in the realm of Zimbabwean hip-hop, carving a distinctive niche with his groundbreaking creation, the jecha trap sound. This innovative musical genre seamlessly blends drill music elements with the Shona language’s rich nuances. Renowned for his socially aware lyrics and infectious beats, Voltz JT skillfully captures the raw essence of the ghetto in his musical creations.
Early Life and Educational Background
Voltz JT, originally Nkosilathi Sibiya, came into this world on March 19, 1999, in Chitungwiza, a bustling town south of Harare. His formative years were spent at Sanyati Baptist High School, and he later delved into the realm of electronic telecommunications at the University of Zimbabwe.
The Musical Journey Begins
Breaking onto the music scene in 2016 with his debut track “Boys Rangu,” Voltz JT’s ascent in the industry was swift. By 2021, he had unleashed two EPs: “Power Moves,” a collaborative effort with Kerposh, and “Mayhem and Modies,” his solo debut.
His viral hit “These Days” thrust Voltz JT into the spotlight, offering poignant social commentary on the struggles faced by Zimbabwean youth. Following this success, “Nyaya Dzemari” explored the impact of wealth on friendships.
Charting Success and Collaborations
Collaborating with Holy Ten on “How Far,” Voltz JT questioned the lengths one would go to achieve success. In 2022, he released his debut album, “Life Of Muvhimi,” featuring collaborations with artists like Tamy Moyo and Dobba Don. The year 2023 witnessed the release of “Makuruwani” with Nutty O, quickly climbing the charts on local radio stations.
Beyond recorded tracks, Voltz JT has graced various shows and festivals, including the Shoko Festival and the National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA).
Musical Style: Jecha Trap
Voltz JT’s musical roots delve into the drill music genre, originating in the United Kingdom. Adapting this style to the Zimbabwean context, he fuses the Shona language and local slang, creating what he terms “jecha trap” or “sand trap” in Shona, symbolizing the challenges faced in the ghetto.
Citing influences from artists like Pop Smoke, Drake, Lil Durk, and Scrip Mula, Voltz JT’s musical palette extends to diverse genres such as reggae, dancehall, afro-pop, and gospel.
Awards and Acclaim
Voltz JT has notched several awards, including the Best Newcomer accolade at the Zim Hip Hop Awards 2020. Nominations for Best Male Artist and Best Hip Hop Artist at the Star FM Music Awards 2021 underscore his impact.
His originality, creativity, and resonance with audiences have garnered praise from critics, dubbing him “the voice of the streets” and “the future of Zim hip hop.”
Clash with Holy Ten
The rivalry between Voltz JT and Holy Ten surfaced when the latter mocked Voltz JT for his 2020 Zim Hip Hop Awards victory. Accusations of style imitation and ingratitude were exchanged, culminating in diss tracks like Voltz JT’s “Modhe” and Holy Ten’s “Mbuya Vana Munya.”
Holy Ten asserted his dominance in drill music, dismissing Voltz JT as irrelevant. The clash added a controversial chapter to Voltz JT’s musical journey.