Laygwan Sharkie

Real Name:
George Isaac Phiri
Laygwan Sharkie is a Zimbabwean singer, songwriter and rapper, from Harare, Zimbabwe, currently based in Bielefeld, Germany, with numerous accolades to his name.

As a late addition to A Peace Of Ebony, a pioneering afro hip-hop group from Zimbabwe, Laygwan contributed to their sophomore effort of 1994 "Vadzimu-Putumayo", upon which the group toured most of Southern Africa and Madagascar before internal differences, led to the group members going their seperate ways.

Also known as "The Article Don" or "The Leopard Hunter" Laygwan rose to prominence in Southern Africa, with the single "I'd rather be a Gangster", off the soundtrack "Everyone's Child", an independent Zimbabwean film from 1996, which was directed by Tsitsi Dangarembga. The soundtrack also featured such local luminaries as Chiwoniso Maraire and Thomas Mapfumo And The Blacks Unlimited.

Moving to Johannesburg, South Africa in 1996, with the likes of Metaphysics and Tony Chihota. The three immersed themselves in the South African music scene, before heading back to Harare, giving countless performances alongside the likes of Kataklizim, Black Foot Trybe, and several others.

In 1999 Laygwan Sharkie relocated once more, this time around to Bielefeld, Germany. From where he has been involved in numerous other projects, including True Khoisan, Migrant Souls, Flop Dem Crew, and his latest group AbrahamRollaz. Having recorded with the likes of Hugh Masekela, Brothers Of Peace, Patrice, Tyron Ricketts, Metaphysics, Snazz D, Clueso, DJ Chestnut, Flaps, Bukue One, Louie Vega, Raw Artistic Soul, Levthand, and many more.

Laygwan Sharkie Discography Tracks


Laygwan Sharkie - Snoek vs. Chestnut album art Snoek* vs. Chestnut* Summatime (as Laygwansharkie) Snoek* vs. Chestnut* - Snoek vs. Chestnut (Album) Overstolz Tonträger Germany 2001 Sell This Version


170-C Laygwan Sharkie - Everyone's Child album art Various I'd Rather Be A Gangster (as Laygwan Sharkey) Various - Everyone's Child(CD, Comp) Dandemutande 170-C Zimbabwe 1996 Sell This Version
DW50012DCD Laygwan Sharkie - Real Earth - Worldwide * Soulful * Organic album art Various Vision Various - Real Earth - Worldwide * Soulful * Organic(2xCD, Comp) Different World DW50012DCD Portugal 2005 Sell This Version
JKP 68 Laygwan Sharkie - Pro Asyl On The Run album art Various Slave Me To The River Various - Pro Asyl On The Run(CD, Comp) Jochens Kleine Plattenfirma (JKP) JKP 68 Germany 2005 Sell This Version
none Various We Shoot Various - HipHoop Allstars - Limited Edition(CD, Album, Comp) Not On Label none Germany 2006 Sell This Version
AD010 Laygwan Sharkie - Jamaica Shines Everywhere Vol. 2 album art Various News Various - Jamaica Shines Everywhere Vol. 2(CD, Comp) Vibrations Magazine AD010 Europe 2009 Sell This Version


Laygwan Sharkie - Montreal Departure album art Julius Papp Kana Julius Papp - Montreal Departure (Comp) Transport Recordings US 2005 Sell This Version
GOCD 003 Laygwan Sharkie - Go!! album art Various Kana (Main Mix) Various - Go!!(CD, Comp, Mixed) Gogo Music GOCD 003 Germany 2006 Sell This Version