Artist Highlight : Cactus Agony

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Cactus’s musical aspirations began in south London, England where he was schooled in the art of writing and toasting by his close friend Mr. Lopez and a South London Hip Hop outfit called the Nappy Clinch Clan. Living in and around London’s African/ Jamaican/ immigrant Community gave Cactus, as he says, a better understanding of who he was, what he wanted to do and what he represented, hence the album title track “Bush Territory”. A year later he went on to study at Middlesex University and eventually returned to Zambia, Africa in 1999.

Cactus-AgonyIn 2001, Cactus became part of a Zambian Based Hip-Hop label called Cypher Music for a year and this saw his debut appearance onto the Zambian Music Scene. Not long after, He sought out the producers for his album “Bush Territory” and his search led him to top producer and proprietors of Kula Music. A relentless performer, Cactus has been busy working with artists on the international and local scene, artists such as Hugh Masekela, Brian“ Gold” Thompson, Oliver Mutukudzi, P-Square, JK, Joe Angels, Mr. Switcher and a lot more. As time went on, the Kula family gave him the alias “The philosopher” because his songs always reveal spiritual insight, deeper life philosophy and an understanding of the power of love. It is clear to see and hear that Cactus was born to do what he does and his lyrical content and style sets him apart from any other artists. Combining his rap like flows with the melodies and chants commonly associated with reggae and dance hall music, his debut was a hot one. Cactus and his music are one and the same and so it is no surprise that he is also heavily involved in social causes, such as Red Cross campaigns, Voters Registration and most recently the “Rhythm of Life” project and the “Every Voice Counts” campaign on good governance under the African Peer Review Commission and the Brothers For Life campaign.
Cactus is currently performing with his band called the 3-Piece Band and maintains live performances (emphasis on LIVE)

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