Farai Katiyo is a rapper and youth leader based in Melbourne, Australia. He was born in Harare, Zimbabwe and he grew up in Auckland, New Zealand before relocating to Melbourne, Australia. He endeavours to influence the world around him. He hopes by chasing his dream he can influence someone else to chase theirs. He likens ideas to fire, he hopes to spread the fire within him with those he comes into contact with. So, in other words he simply wants to pass the torch of his salvation to others, through music and speaking.
Born in 1992 in Harare, Zimbabwe, Farai Katiyo is a devout influential Chistian rapper and transformational speaker whose work transcends age, race, gender and religion. Moving to Auckland, New Zealand in 2002 awakened a giant in him whom he never knew existed and his music passion was birthed from a group of young rappers formerly known as Young Soldiers. After the split of this group, Farai pursued his passion relentlessly and went on to refine his craft by practicing for several hours each week. His first album, Volume 1, was released in 2010 which featured other renowned rappers, and today he has released several other albums, mix-tapes, single tracks and has featured on so many other music projects. From being labelled all sorts of names and being despised, Farai has stood the test of times and maintained his identity in Christ through his captivating music. Apart from his music career, Farai is a Bachelor of Science graduate from the University of Otago and keeps the hope of many alive through his transformational messages on his social media portals. With the tremendous support of his parents, brothers and manager, Farai believes his music and transformational messages should reach to all continents of the world and instil hope in people. Farai currently lives in Melbourne, Australia, and works closely together with his brother Fungai who is also a rapper.
INTERVIEWS & ARTICLES
February 12, 2019
A common theme in Hip Hop is women and lets be honest, Hip Hop artists don’t always talk about women in the best light. Every now and then, I hear a song that is just different. Like, Matrix Breaker in terms of content, kind of different. Farai Katiyo is an Australian rapper who might just be a Matrix Breaker.
The christian rapper has just released his latest single titled “So Young”, a song that he describes as an apology on behalf of Hip Hop and all men.
August 12, 2019
I was born in Zimbabwe which is a country in the southern part of Africa. I did my high school and university studies in New Zealand before moving to Melbourne, Australia in 2014. I started rapping at the age of 13 (now I am 27). The church I went to at the time, was putting together a concert. They wanted the kids in the church to do something. A guy at our church (who was a rapper) put 7 of us into a group and helped us to write a song to perform at the concert. I haven’t stopped rapping since that day! Although I have only pushed to make it my career in the last 2-3 years.