Freeman HKD Biography: Background | Early Life | Career | Albums
Freeman is a Zimbabwean Zimdancehall artist, songwriter and producer. He is also known as Freeman HKD, HKD Boss or Doctor wemaGitare. He rose to fame with his hit song “Joina City” in 2010 and has since released several albums, singles and collaborations with other artists. He is also the founder of HKD Records, a record label that houses many popular Zimdancehall artists.
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Early Life and Career
Freeman was born Emegy Sylvester Chizanga on June 22, 1988, in Bindura, Mashonaland Central province of Zimbabwe. He grew up in a family of six and attended his early education in Bindura.
He started his music career in 2009 when he recorded his first track, “Unondipa Rudo”, which was produced by WeMaNuff Nhubu. Before becoming a recording artist, he was a professional footballer playing for Mwana Africa F.C. in the first-division league at the time.
He also worked as a butcher boy in Waterfalls in the late 2000s. In 2010, Freeman met DJ Staera, who introduced him to Hillary Mutake of Punchline Entertainment, and he started doing public performances.
His big break came with the release of his track “Joina City”, which became a hit on radio stations in Zimbabwe. Freeman was listed as one of the 100 most influential young Zimbabweans of 2013. In 2012, Freeman established HKD Records, a record label that houses numerous popular and some award-winning artists such as Daruler, Delroy, Vivian, Black Warrior, Crystal and Maggikal. He is also referred to as HKD Boss.
Freeman has recorded nine studio albums, one mixtape and many singles. Some of his notable songs include “Shaina”, “Bata Ruwoko Rwangu”, “Doctor Weemagitare”, “Ngaibake” (featuring Alick Macheso), “Nzenza” (featuring Ex Q) and “iParty” (featuring Sandra Ndebele).
He has performed overseas in the United Kingdom alongside other Zimbabwean artists such as Tocky Vibes and Nox Guni. He has also done collaborations with other top Zimdancehall artists such as Winky D, Shinsoman, Celscius and Lady Squanda. Below are the albums Freman HKD has released:
- Tapinda Mustaera (2011)
- Last Man Standing (2012)
- Vabeliver (2013)
- New Chapter (2014)
- Varidzi Vezvinhu (2015)
- Mangoma Ihobho (2016)
- Top Stricker (2017)
- Mukuru WeKambani (2018)
- Gango (2019)
- Freeman & Friends (2020)
- Robber (2021)
- David And Goliath (2022)
Freeman HKD Awards
Freeman has won several awards for his music, such as the Zimdancehall Awards for Best Male Artist (2014), Best Social Message (2015), Best Collaboration (2016) and Best Album (2019). He also scooped the Zimbabwe Music Awards (ZIMA) for Song of the Year, Best Male Artist of the Year and Album of the Year in 2023 and the Star FM Awards for Best Zimdancehall Artist, Best Collaboration and Song of the Year in 2023.