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It has become quite the normal these days that whenever an international artist is billed to perform in Zimbabwe alongside the local Dancehall Igwe (King), Winky D, they will be second. “He shows them who is the king,” someone would tell me.

He has done it to various international acts, making the fans regret having paid extra for an international singer when he or she was just going to play second to the Igwe. This time it was Beenie Man‘s turn.

The renowned dancehall veteran ‘failed to deliver’ as expected at an event that was held on 26 August at Alex Sports Club. (Read this story to get more) While Winky D shone as always.

The Gafa hit maker, who performed soon after Jah Prayzah and later handed the microphone to Bennie Man, proved why he is considered the local dancehall Igwe (King) dressed in his ninja inspired red outfit.

He connected well with the audience who could be seen singing and dancing along during his entire set as he engraved his authority as a force to reckon with on the showbiz circuit.

No doubt Winky D has endeared himself well with fans.

This then begs the question, “Why are we headlining these international acts when they are just going to play second to some of our own?”

Of course the immediate answer is they bring the dollars. I am not sure if its the fans or the promoters at fault, but I think we could just market one show every year, where Winky D is the main act, bring in as much resources as they put when marketing these Jamaican acts. Even price it the same!

Most of these artists don’t even put as much effort into their performance as some of our own do. They have a free international act pass (artistic immunity some may say)!

With enough marketing and promotion the dancehall Igwe alone can fill HICC (ko why not?)

Winky D V Beenie Man

With all this said though, the truth of the matter is that we cannot compare Winky D to the likes of Beenie Man on any other stage that is not Zimbabwean, yet. Winky is a great artist and his biggest advantage over these international acts is the turf.

Sometimes just because Dembare fans are making the most noise at Rufaro Stadium doesn’t mean its better than the other team. Now when it comes to Winky D, his international profile is still low than that of these legends. Winky D is like Sadza every Zimbabwean knows it and its hard to imagine that some people don’t even know what that is. Its so popular here but exotic and uncommon in some places.

He has won over the locals, but are you sure if we put him in Tanzania the people will scream like Zimbos do? I know, you know somebody in Tanzania who loves Winky, but I am talking about a full large hall with no Zimbos?

This is when you realize our artists still have work to do. Facts still dictate that by any standard, except Saturday night’s performance, Beenie Man is still legend to Winky D.

Please note, this is an opinion piece, views represent those of the author and not necessarily DanceHallAfrika. Send in your articles to [email protected] 

18 comments

  • Baba Vatapiwanashe
    Baba Vatapiwanashe
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    Jah luv chanyanya was the best

  • Prince Dambaza
    Prince Dambaza
    Reply

    Mwana wamambo muranda kumwe

  • Chidavaenzi Farai
    Chidavaenzi Farai
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    The problem with zimbos is they dont know wat to expect wen these artist come and seriously speaking hw can u say winky is better than beenie thats true in zimbabwe and false anywhere in this world we live #forexample bond notes only in zimbo but paper to the rest of the world talk about value no disrespect to anyone bt mapepa gen”a iri just follow international trends and see kuty there can never be forward #beeniekingofthedancehall #pureinsult i remember people say winky outshine mavado back then but mavado went on to sign on we the best music and winky still tryn to find his feet in this global village kkkkk lol

    • Charles Thom
      Charles Thom
      Reply

      Yeah ma man e problem wit Zimboz z a lot o pple don’t listen 2 international dancehall em hear Zimdancehall which has no market even here n Africa

    • Chidavaenzi Farai
      Chidavaenzi Farai
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      I have heard the winky outshines song for a long time but lve come to know that zimbos we are a wierd bunch very not ourselves so very customed thats why u find kuty even makoomba big everywhere else but in zimbabwe amana amana amana makatdza kuimbawo part ya nicki minaj pa gunshot zvinakidze here kkkkkkk lol

    • Wilbert Octane Gwengwe
      Wilbert Octane Gwengwe
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      u cant compare student and teacher jus that vapfanha vazhinji vakatanga kuteerera ngoma kuzim dancehall we love winky bt wen it comez to jamaican artist he is still young to get to that level

    • Chidavaenzi Farai
      Chidavaenzi Farai
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      Winky d talented yes got a nerve yes good entertainer yes but him champion wen its zim audience only not in the helmet segment fi hard head we not take dem lyrical content weak rasta we need depth so him have lot of work fi him do to get to beenie man level the guy has seen it for your own info beenie start this music around 12 years old so whose word do u rate a veteran or sme one already in him thirties tryn to outshine

    • Chidavaenzi Farai
      Chidavaenzi Farai
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      People winky d him a good entertainer its people who see his effort and art him put in him work that make a difference coz they are used to zim dancehall coz the trends in di music change globally so u haffi move wit it kno

    • Brian Bolt Simendi
      Brian Bolt Simendi
      Reply

      Murimabharanzi

    • Chidavaenzi Farai
      Chidavaenzi Farai
      Reply

      typical

    • Millaz M Chaira
      Millaz M Chaira
      Reply

      Nyaya yako haina story….Winky can not b recognised wherever those Jamaicans are recognised but when it comes to entertaining Zimboz in Zim then the Jamaicans bow to him..We talkin abt wat hppnd last wikend not wat u think shud happen…watoratidza chidofo pakutaura zvemabond which ain’t even relevant.ende hais Zim chete yakashandisa mabond…..

    • Tanaka Troyflame Muranganwa
      Tanaka Troyflame Muranganwa
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      Musatiudze international imi kwanai Dermaco takapedzisira takumuudza manhamba ake kuti amaimbe atadxiririra kutinakidza hw can he nt sing wap dem apa iri hit mnomu ….? Ska musatiudze international cauz totoiziva last# kna tidingaizive toenderei pavanouya

    • Tanaka Troyflame Muranganwa
      Tanaka Troyflame Muranganwa
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      Avagone stage chet period…… look at eir sting n stuff avanyatsoimbe its juc 4 lines or 8 n pulloooo mnomu atidi izvozvo we wnt value for money tts Y kalado takamutema

    • Chidavaenzi Farai
      Chidavaenzi Farai
      Reply

      Typical we not sayn winky is not good listen me good ,,,,,,,,,just sayn zimbabwe a wierd bunch fi real and you r the wierdest coz u in the dark

    • Chidavaenzi Farai
      Chidavaenzi Farai
      Reply

      Tingz global mi ras

  • Knowle Badza Msipa
    Knowle Badza Msipa
    Reply

    ChiExtra

  • Knowle Badza Msipa
    Knowle Badza Msipa
    Reply

    Chibababaaaaa makuruwani

  • Tanaka Troyflame Muranganwa
    Tanaka Troyflame Muranganwa
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    the truth z zimbabwean crowd z hard to please n so ana winky , jah love etc hve bcome accustomed n ey there4 perfom btter an these jamaicans look at Dermaco even voice projection akakundwa na dobba don n freeman n also kinnah same microphone n tts proof kut zimdancehall artists are btter perfomers chet not kut vakutokundah majamaicans buh stage wise its true

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