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ZPN’s (David Muipatayi) path confirms all the passion that inspires him, while revealing an exceptional creator. As a multi-talented artist, producer, rapper, this author, composer and performer draws on the wealth of his Congolese (ex-Zaïre) origins and of his country of adoption, Canada, to bring us a distinctive sound.
ZPN has exported his music and the Hip-Hop culture beyond borders. At a very young age his passion for music had forever made an impact on his life. With a diploma in public relations and legal assistance, he now lives on his art and has spent all of his energy on it for several years now. The adventure started when he took part in the “Tout Nouveau Tout show” competition and reached the finals, something a rapper form his region (Outaouais) had never done before.
He later won the public’s award of La Première chaîne de Radio Canada, 90.7 FM, as well as the Coup de Coeur award of the Festival Musique en nous awarded by the festival’s director, Michel Séguin.
Most certainly, ZPN did not stop there with three young people of the area (Lynx XX, Olympe and LB4life), the group Afro Connexion was created. In March 2002, they release a first album called “Le Son de l’Afro”, and win, one year later a “Trille Or” at the Gala de la chanson et de la musique franco-ontarienne in the category Discovery of the year. But Z, as he is commonly called by those close to him, was at the same time continuing his solo career and had, among other things, the honour of being invited to sing one of his compositions for the opening of the Festival Franco-Ontarien. He was also invited to perform for Radio-Canada’s 50th anniversary. He then delivers “Le Masque de Z”, his first opus, and one year later, in September 2004, his album is nominated in the category Hip-Hop album of the year at the Gala de l’ADISQ. In March of the same year, Le masque de Z is nominated at the Gala des prix Trille Or in three different categories: album of the year, award-winning song and video clip of the year.
Producer of the Z Show in Outaouais, he starts this festival which provides assistance to developing Hip-Hop artists. Back in 2006, with record attendance, ZPN confirms the growing interest of the public by inviting the great ones: L’Assemblée Acrophone, Rainmen, KulchA ConnectioN and many others.
ZPN returns full force with his second album, Sacrifices on III KINGS and Vision Records and distributed by Sélect.
You will certainly recognize him by what has become his trademark, his favourite slogan “Ça se passe comme ça” !! (That’s how it goes)