Bio (other names Pittygritty, RogerPitygritty, Bossman Gritty, Gritty)
Occupation: Rapper, Autotune Singer, Sound Engineer, Actor, Entreprenuer)
Pitygritty (Real Name Ngoni Roger Hukuimwe) is a South African musician artist (rapper) with Zimbabwean heritage. Born to a renowned gynaecologist doctor and alto jazz saxophone player is his father, and to a successful businesswoman and Christ Embassy pastor is his mother. His musical journey started out whilst at high school where he would perform at school gigs. Pitygritty rose to fame in 2010 after making waves on notable national radio stations (Yfm, 5fm, Metro Fm) but this was not pursued further as music politics in Mzansi took place. This did not stop Pitygritty, or should we say the self proclaimed Bossman Gritty, as he ventured into recording, mixing and mastering of his own songs with one of his close associates Kastro (Fidel Msebenzi). After his first mixtape that was hosted by Kastro and recorded at Kastro’s place in the leafy areas of Centurion, Pitygritty went to self release his own debut album “Selftitled” in 2011. This was distributed on music platforms like iTunes and Applemusic (thanks to his older brother KD who’s based in California USA). Well known for his “international trap sound” with sometimes slurred autotune delayed with a slight touch of reverb catchy hooks, Pitygritty continued to rise against the grain to shoot his own music videos (to date his Youtube has 25 videos and over 8K views worldwide). Pitygritty has also been mixing and mastering songs for other artists (over 60 songs to date) which has become a lucrative business for him. 2012 saw him reuniting with his brother Curtis Wandaz who was based in Cape Town. 2012 Pitygritty went to drop his second mixtape “On The Road To 10 K” (http://www.datpiff.com/tape/469998) which was given a good rating. From this project came his all time hit song “Keep Going” video on Youtube.
September 2015 saw him go back in the studio after a little break from music. 2016 has been a busy year for Pitygritty who has shot 3 videos notably “Morleen” “1130 (Eleven Thirty)” “Units” on his Youtube channel. 2016 has also seen Pitygritty release a single “Really I’m The Man” on iTunes South Africa (itun.es/ZA/Fokibb) which made onto the top 150 iTunes download charts, peaking at number 54. This has seen him announce the title for his second album (The Greatest Hits Mixtape Album) dropping 2016. Gritty has also announced his second iTunes single “Gimme A Break” which will be available for download and steaming. Pitygritty is the first South African artist to have their single on Jay-Z’s Tidal.
Songs on Radio
1) Hello (featuring Kastro) YFM Sizwe Dhlomo Hot 99
2) Finally (featuring Kastro) YFM Sizwe Dlhomo Hott 99 and 5FM Dj C-Live Hiphop Powernights.
3) I Wonder Why YFM Sizwe Dhlomo
4) Playfight 5FM Dj C-Live Hiphop Powernights
5) Mind Your Business (featuring PdotO) Vowfm Dj Oz The Total Package
6) I Get It (featuring Wandaz and Bazason) on Bush Radio Capetown
Pitygritty has performed at various clubs around Pretoria and Johanessburg notably Zanzu, Joe Public, Kospotong Ghandi Square. Known for his energetic performances, the most notable performance was the one that he performed with his brother Curtis Wandaz at Joe Public Hatfield Pretoria, November 2015. This was a 30 minute performance, with 9 songs performed in total after striking a payment with the promoters (video on Youtube https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=0AThaG9DIDw). The brothers were meant to perform there more after a good turn out, but due to promoter artist squabbles the performances didn’t go on.
Pitygritty and his brother Curtis Wandaz appeared on the eNCA news headlines in 2013, as Pitygritty was asked for his opinion about cellphone company tariff price hikes. You can find the clip on his instagram or Youtube.