Developer Kingsley earns his stripes

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By Grant Moyo
A development practitioner and media consultant, Kingsley Kaisi has grown from an ordinary man to a proactive digital storyteller with jovial skits that have given him a rapidly growing online community that believes in his natural endowment.

Capable of expressing himself in the most absurd way, his witty audiovisuals that elicit laughter and resonate with many comments in the form of views, comments, shares, likes and followers are making waves. on social media platforms such as Tik Tok, YouTube, Instagram as good as Facebook. Kaisi attributes the onward movement it makes to the wider Internet reach of audiences in vague large quantities, a cosmopolitan outlook that is different from ordinary face-to-face discourse with limited mass reach.

Kaisi sees himself as an everyday man with an extraordinary dream.

Born in Chiredzi, he received his primary education at Chancellor Junior School and Selborne Routledge Primary School. After graduating from high school at Hillcrest College, he obtained an Honors BA in Development Studies from Lupane State University.

While his Instagram the handle is @kingslee_zw, to TIC Tac he is known as @kingsleezw and it operates under the name ‘Kingslee ZW’ on its Facebook and Youtube accounts.

Living as a developer, Kaisi’s content is a sequence of purely comedic and awareness-raising audiovisual skits rigging societal health issues that include gender-based violence, HIV / AIDS, tuberculosis, mental health, drug addiction and Covid- 19, among other pandemics.

Kaisi’s notable accomplishments include reporting on Econet Wireless Zimbabwe’s Smart Data commercial ad in 2017 and in a JAC 2021 short titled The voices where he plays the character ‘Beau’, who is the main protagonist.

Having reached more than 70,000 subscribers on TIC Tac, his affiliation with Zimbabwean non-governmental organizations and commercial enterprises such as Nash Paints and Chicken Slice, affected his procession.

“From an early age, my parents told me stories of the legendary Tsuro naGudo (rabbit and baboon), and it sparked my creativity and love for storytelling. I was calm and reserved but have always enjoyed imitating people and acting since I was about 5 years old. My most memorable moment on stage was in 2012 when my school teacher chose me to play the character “Friar Lawrence” in the popular romantic drama composition. Rome and Juliet. To my surprise, I impressed, my performance on stage was eye-catching and I won the award for best actor. All along, I only acted for fun, but from that point on I felt I had discovered myself as a performing artist and even more as a content creator. that will one day leave a permanent mark in the universe, ”Kaisi said.

Performing skits in his spare time, Shona is the primary language Kaisi uses in his performances.

He said using the language widely spoken in Zimbabwe as the primacy of his storytelling works well and hits home because many of his viewers tend to relate better. A typical drawback is that audiences who do not speak the language have difficulty understanding it.

Nonetheless, due to the genre of the content, audiences tend to ignore the language barrier and focus more on the expressions and nuances used by some of Kaisi’s characters.

Nonetheless, Kaisi noted that there are times when he uses the code change between his skits, which has somehow helped build loyalty and loyalty among audiences. He pointed out that while his latest approach is successful, it has limits when it comes to editing. Post-production becomes tedious and time-consuming due to the lack of new, last-minute media technologies that come in the form of fast high-definition gear meant to lighten the workload.

“To propose sketches, I first meditate on a typical scenario that makes me laugh. I then design a script and draw it. The process is a bit bearable from script writing to filming. I sometimes mix languages, speak Shona on one side, then add English to the other. The use of captions was also a great addition, however, it tends to be a lot of post-production work, considering the type of equipment I use that is outdated. It is a great challenge which distinguishes the best quality from the less good or equally bad. It’s inevitable, it always comes down to that decisive step in the final cut which tends to be a longer process due to the lack of the latest equipment at my disposal, ”Kaisi said.

“This is one of the main reasons I don’t publish regularly. The procedure is generally slow and takes a long time. Most of my viewing family would like my skits and videos to be longer, but it’s hard for me to do that on my end because longer video means more video capacity. And it needs a big camera, a sizable laptop with a fast processor, and other essentials like software, which I don’t have. However, I was able to overcome this by simply using what I have and what I have at my disposal – my low-end cameras, a basic laptop, and other basic essentials. I believe that if given the opportunity, I can actually do more than what I do, in terms of filmmaking and screenwriting.

Trying to be the best of his own version, Kaisi manages to make full use of his prerogative to make sad souls laugh while creating thought-provoking developmental content reflecting pressing issues that have become thorns in the livelihoods of communities. .

Having been part of eMean, a digital storytelling project that brought together young Zimbabwean content creators aged 18-35 to participate in masterclasses on new media and digital hosted by some of the coveted regional and continental digital content creators, Kaisi knows about emerging artists, and creatives are quickly breaking the internet. Therefore, it is committed to constantly evolving to keep up with the rapidly changing global entertainment industry.

BIOGRAPHY: Grant Moyo is a prolific writer, innovative media personality, entrepreneur and creative artist passionate about using his creative mind for the betterment of society.

Follow him on Twitter: @TotemGrant


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