Mathias ‘Matty’ JuliusFeatured Artists
Reggae star Mathias “matty” Julius moved to New York, USA on Monday 6 April 2015 .
Got the ZIMMA UK,Male Artist Of The Year
Mathias Julius is emerging as one of Zimbabwe’s most exciting original reggae artists. Singing in Shona, Ndebele and English he writes about love, life and the challenges facing many Zimbabweans today. His music draws on a variety of influences from traditional and popular Zimbabwean music to reggae and dub, and represents the very best of Zimbabwe’s young, urban music scene.
His second album, “DON’T LOOK BACK” released in December 2011, is making waves across Zimbabwean radio as well as getting regular airplay on international internet radio stations in the UK, the States, Canada, South Africa and Australia. The hit song “Twenty-Ten”, an innovative collaboration with Zimbabwean star Oliver Mtukudzi, featured in Zimbabwe’s top twenty.
Pahushamwari hwedu is Mathias’ latest single released in March 2012. A collaboration between well known artists in Zimbabwe’s reggae scene, it features Mathias “matty” Julius, Mannex Motsi, Thanda Richardson, Kalabash, Cello Culture, Mary Motsi, Chaza, J.Farai, and Lady Squanda. Produced by Mathias Julius with instrumentation by Killa Flow, bass by Abundance Mutori, it is mixed and mastered by Taps. The track is about reggae artists in Zimbabwe coming together as one, about togetherness as a nation, about peace and loving one another. The track and video have proved a hit on ZBC radio and TV.
Since arriving in the UK in June 2012, Mathias has been focusing on his new album, due for release in 2013, working with artists from Denmark, Ireland, the UK and South Africa. It will bring a fresh reggae sound while staying true to his Zimbabwean roots. Mathias is also performing live, supporting one of Oliver Mtukudzi’s shows during his August 2012 UK tour and in November 2012 will be teaming up with Vic Falls’ Mokoomba during their UK tour.
Mathias Julius was born in Tafara, Harare in 1975, went to Tafara Primary and Tafara 2 High School finishing his O level education in 1992. He went on to pursue dance as a member of Zimbabwe’s renowned Tumbuka Dance Company. He turned to music and started recording in 2006 and released his debut album, “HERE I COME” currently selling online. His second album, “DON’T LOOK BACK” was released in December 2011 and is receiving local and international airplay. It’s on sale at Pakare Paye, Norton and stores in Harare.
Mathias has performed with his band, X-VYBZ, locally and internationally since 2009, including:
• Operation Dagsverg 2009 Denmark (Zimbabwean fundraiser)
• Basement 2010 Harare
• Las Vegas 2010 Zambia
• Afro Rock Reggae 2010 Mannenberg, Harare
• Bob Marley commemoration 2010 Zambia
• Suset Festival (solo performance) 2010 Denmark
• Afro rock reggae 2011 Harare
• Harare International Festival of the Arts 2011 Harare
• Chimanimani Arts Festival 2011 Chimanimani
• Afro Rock Reggae 2012 Book Cafe, Harare
• Bob Marley Commemoration 2012 Harare
• Marlow oliver Mtukudzi family show United kingdom
• Hootananny London
• Book Cafe New years eve gig Harare