By Dakarai Mashava
Rising Zimbabwean producer Philip “Pip” Kembo (25) co-produced Jamaican superstar rapper Sean Paul’s latest single titled “No Lie” with the internationally-acclaimed Jamie “Sermstyle” Sanderson.
The single, which featured English songstress Dua Lipa, was released via several digital streaming outlets on November 18 as a promotional cut from his upcoming seventh album.
Working with Grammy award winner Sean Paul is without doubt the highlight of Pip’s career since he relocated to Los Angeles, California to join fellow Zimbabwean producer and childhood friend Tinashe “T- Collar” Sibanda, who co-produced Rita Ora and Chris Brown’s hit song, Body On Me.
The former St. George’s College student confirmed his role on “No Lie” in an interview with the Daily News.
“Yes I produced “No Lie” which was released a fortnight ago,” said Pip who also took to twitter to make the big announcement.
“Super excited for this new @duttypaul feat. @dualipa !! Had an awesome time working on this one…”
In an earlier interview with the Daily News the rising producer thanked America-based T- Collar and Grammy Award-winning Zimbabwean producer Brian Soko for showing him the ropes.
“I also work with Brian (Soko) after having been introduced to him by Tinashe. Tinashe and Brian have done a good job of giving us a blueprint of how a Zimbabwean producer can make it in America. I am lucky to have such great examples to follow,” said Pip then.
The young Zimbabwean has also worked with several top producers who include Dani Ivory (Pianist for Cee Lo Green and Beyonce), B-ham (producer for Ty Dolla Sign), Lovy (Grammy-nominated producer for Iggy Azelia), Scribz Riley (producer for Tove Lo, Wiley and JLS) and Sermstyle (producer for Kesha, Pitbull and Flo-Rida).
Though the United States of America has provided Pip with a great launch pad to take his career to a new level, the young producer relishes the work he did with local artistes who include Simba Tagz, Fungai Nengare, DJ Macson, Vaeso, Dutch and Taps Mugadza, who has also moved to America.
The rising producer has never hidden his admiration for local hip hop star Junior Brown.
“Zimbabwe has so much talent and I would really like to work with rapper Junior Brown because I am big fan of his music. I think he is one of the most talented artistes I have ever met and I hope to be a part of his story as the journey unfolds,” he told the Daily News. Daily News