It’s a (w)rap, your Honour!
Slick like Harvey Specter but raps with the best of them, lawyer turned rapper, SIMBA MAK, traded his suit and tie for a career in music. Based in Melbourne where he’s practised as a lawyer for over five years, SIMBA MAK is constantly show-bound and is fast becoming one of Australian hip hop’s finest emerging talents with his electric live performances and epic visual stage productions which leave audiences mesmerised.
SIMBA MAK is an artist and songwriter who has always embraced duality, particularly when it pertains to career and vocation. He can effortlessly juggle between the corporate and urban scenes, court rooms to main stages as a master of persuasion. He has the sharpest tongue as an MC whilst being an insightful lyricist and all-in-all transfixing communicator. He has carved his own lane through his feel good, inspirational, up-tempo and soulful rap, articulating his life’s journey from Zimbabwe to Australia and exploring everyday themes that relate to anybody with a desire to dream in spite of their background.
Suffice it to say, Simba Mak's music is like a dose of your favourite blend of coffee - hot, smooth, full of flavour and guaranteed to pick you up.
Sometimes referred to as Australian hip hop’s Black Superman (because of his versatility and ability to transform into a ‘super’ wordsmith when he steps into the booth), Simba Mak is a creative, insightful lyricist and all-in-all a transfixing communicator.
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Simba's unique perspective to his approach to music is logical if you peel back the layers and get to know the superhero behind the music.
Born and raised in Zimbabwe under difficult conditions by his single mother, Simba doesn’t shy away from his humble beginnings or from being vulnerable. Instead, he uses his music like a psychologist uses therapy - to explore impediments faced, learn from them, heal and celebrate the victories
along the way.
Despite enduring severe childhood trauma, he resisted the urge to give up on striving for a better life; instead choosing to use the limited resources that he could find in Zimbabwe to scrap together sponsorship funding to study abroad in Australia – a plan he devised to support his mother and two younger brothers.
Breaking All The Rules
It was only when he landed Down Under that he truly discovered his desire to pursue what has always been his first love – his music. Prior to pursuing a career in music, he promised his mum that he would graduate from law school first. In his eyes, he knew that even though he was breaking all of the rules by taking an unconventional path to becoming a hip hop legend, when the time came, he wouldn’t be denied his opportunity to make his mark on the music scene.
In the short period that he has been active in the music scene, SIMBA MAK has toured Australia, New Zealand and Asia performing in front of tens of thousands at venues like Hisense Arena, Federation Square, Immigration Museum, Astor Theatre and Parachute Festival in New Zealand. SIMBA’s music also featured on a compilation album which was released worldwide through the USA's division of EMI Music.
SIMBA MAK is an advocate for being a role model and "real" model to communities with underprivileged youth he can influence in a positive way through his platform and life experience. He is the Founder and Director of the Music, Arts, Dance Flavours Talent Quest (M.A.D. Flavours) which he hosts annually at the prestigious Deakin Edge in collaboration with the City of Melbourne, Federation Square & community organisation Africa Day Australia. He is also a guest mentor and collaborator with the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME Mentoring) which assists at risk youth throughout Australia.
Simba Mak will close out 2018 with a bang. On 1 January 2019, he will be releasing his much anticipated single, "I AM", and will be the headline act for Melbourne City’s New Year’s Eve Main Event at Federation Square on 31 December 2018. Simba will be performing between 11:20pm and 12:15am, and this will include the official count down to the New Year’s Eve fireworks display.
From suits to hoodies,
dress shoes to Timberland boots, court rooms to main stages, clients to fans,
Simba Mak is the embodiment of versatility. Keep an eye out for this MC with the ability to effortlessly morph into exactly what the Australian Hip Hop scene has been yearning for all along – it’s very own Black Superman.