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Outspoken is an underground emcee and spoken-word artist from Zimbabwe and is one half of the hiphop duo Dialectric Blue with rhyme partner Upmost a.k.a My Bruthaz Keepa. Known as Outspoken Alpha Intellect (pronounced eye-ntellect), he is an activist in social movements advocating for the empowerment of the Zimbabwean masses and “busts socially relevant issues in a positive-projected mind state.” He is also the frontman of his band, Outspoken and the Essence.
Outspoken is a projects facilitator for Magamba! The Cultural Activist Network, an organization created to fight social and political injustice through the spoken-word events. He has held skills sharing workshops in schools and has been a hiphop mentor in Harare for the British Council program, Power in the Voice.
He has performed at numerous Zimbabwean arts festivals and has shared stages with greats such as Pops Mohammed, Kwani Experiance, Likwid Flo, Tamika Harper, Imani Woomera, Comrade Fatso and Chabvondoka, Cajus, Bianca Williams, Kabomo, Soul Dada, amongst others.
Outspoken has toured the East Coast of the United States with his band, performing with K'naan, Poetic Pilgrimage, Wagable, Mohammed Yahya, Self Sufice, Baay Musa and Nomadic Wax African Underground All Stars.
He has started his South African tour with a performance in Johannesburg at the Bassline dubbed Make Some Noise! A Campaign For Freedom In Zimbabwe. He has also performed at The Darling Festival, Highway Africa in Grahamstown, the Arts Alive Festival, and Speak The Mind in Cape Town.