African dancehall is still rising in recognition around the world and to show how much potential can be unleashed in the genre we showcase Malawi born artist Sir Jent Kago.

Background

Born Orlando Gonani, Kago started doing music in early 2010 while he was still in primary school. He describes himself as a person who grew up around music, which inspired him to kick start his career.

Sir Jent Kago who is based in Lilongwe is part of a Reggae/Dancehall outfit known as Mabilinganya Empire.

Music

The artist is currently working on his mixtape titled Changes. With two singles which you can stream below already out.

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The artist also shared an exclusive on a new single titled Anali Abale, which talks of friends becoming enemies due to changes in financial status.Watch out for the new single coming out anytime soon.

 

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DANCEHALL chanter Ninja Lipsy’s brand new song titled Pfee has attracted a lot of controversy, which the musician has, however, dismissed saying while the title was open to various interpretations, it was not political.

Pfee, which is a Shona ideophone that describes sudden action, was popularised as a Zanu PF slogan — ED pfee — ahead of the July 30 harmonised elections.

The song has attracted mixed reactions from listeners, with others saying it had political connotations, while others felt it carried sexual innuendo.

“This song has many meanings. It’s more of social issues than political issues like many have described it. It’s all for the listener to decode it in their own preferred manner, but it’s not political,” she said.

“I talk about a driver who has to be cautious on the road to avoid accidents. Others also describe the song in a sexual manner but, well, it is for the listeners to give meaning to the song.”

Produced by DJ Tamuka of Military Touch Movement, the song becomes the pair’s first project without the involvement of other artistes.

“We have worked together with Tamuka as a collective with other artistes, but this was the first time we worked together without anyone else. The song was his idea. He just shared the concept with me when we were in the studio. I sampled the beat, wrote the lyrics and recorded in one day,” she said.

Source- Newsday

 

Ghanaian artiste, Gemini has described Shatta Wale as a fake artiste and a hypocrite, who says pretends to want unity among Ghanaian musicians but always does the opposite always.

Gemini tweeted that, Shatta Wale would always be preaching about unity and the ‘support your own’ mantra but would not support any artiste like he always says. Recounting an experience, Gemini revealed how Shatta Wale refused to show up for the video shoot for his song ‘Dromo’ which also had EL on it.

Gemini’s tweet comes after Shatta Wale blasted Sarkodie in a radio interview on Hitz Fm, that Sarkodie never shot a music video for their ‘Megye Wo Girl’ banger even when he (Wale) had made persistent calls on Sarkodie several times, but was quick to go shoot one when he featured a Nigerian artiste on his song.

Shatta Wale had created an impression that, Sarkodie loves Nigerians more than his own and it even resulted in a Twitter ‘war’ as his fans attacked him on the network

Now Gemini has also confessed how a hypocrite Shatta Wale is and he tweeted; ” I agree. @shattawalegh would be all vocal about ‘unity’ amongst artistes but would turn around and do a song with you but not show up for the video shoot like he did for my song “DROMO” with him and EL. Many others I know of as well. That’s a FAKE if you asked me. He-too-FAKE!!”

  • Source  GhanaWeb

In the early 2000s a new genre emerged in Zimbabwe, competing with the rise of another new genre in the same country labelled Urban Grooves was Zimdancehall. A localised version of the Jamaican born sound of Dancehall.

In the first years of the genre it seemed like the ghetto youth couldnt get enough of it. Even though radio refused to play most of the tracks in the early days, the ‘street distro‘ made sure it hit everyone, either via bluetooth, pirated cds or play in public transport. It went on to take over Urban Grooves a genre that had backing from one of the top ministers.

Anyway, we have been playing this genre, a lot of artist came and a lot went. Where are we with this genre? Do you still think its still relevant. Do you prefer the old dancehall to the new sound? Is relevancy getting involved in politics? Let us know by casting your precious vote below!

Is Zimdancehall Still Relevant In Your View?

 

 

 

Zimdancehall promoters have joined hands to organise a ghetto version of Unplugged so
as to afford marginalised ghetto youths a feel of the popular monthly funfair family event.
Dubbed the Mwamuka Street Unplugged, the event is scheduled for October 7 in Harare’s oldest
suburb of Mbare courtesy of Chipaz Promotions, Chill Spot Recordz, Silent Killer, JR Entertainment
and Judgement Yard.

The Mbare Unplugged will run concurrently with Etherton “Etherton B” Mutemasango and Tinashe
“Cello Culture” Munengami’s birthday celebrations. “Unlike the popular Unplugged, ours is just a once-off event where ghetto youths will be treated to live music, braai and a chance to mingle with popular names in Mbare. DJs will be on rotation,” Judgement Yard DJ Etherton B said.

Zimdancehall musicians the likes of Killer T, Seh Calaz and Soul Jah Love among others are set to
share the stage at the Mbare event.

On the other hand, Unplugged a “family-friendly” monthly music festival co-founded by Chiedza Danha
and Elina Mhlanga is widely considered too elite for ghetto youths as it is held in tranquil environs of
Harare such as Pomona and Chisipite. Most of the ghetto youths find the $10 entry price too steep for them making the event which is in its fifth year a no go area for them.

This year, few ghetto youths who managed to attend the monthly event were accused of stealing
smart phones from regular Unplugged patrons. Nevertheless, the Unplugged partnered Coca-Cola last year. “We believe the Unplugged is great platform to us as Coca-Cola because we have a mission to help and grow upcoming artistes. “It is unique and they are the best partners to be with us; it promotes all artistes hence we are here to bring happiness to our consumers as music is what brings happiness to the people,” Coca-Cola Zimbabwe Market activation manager Vee Chibanda said then.

Some of the musicians who have performed on the Unplugged since it started include Edith WeUtonga, Eve Kawadza, DJ Stavo, Oliver Mtukudzi, Killer T, Jah Prayzah, Tehn Diamond, Marcy, The Red, Victor Kunonga and Shekainah among others.

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“Ndozvatinoita, tinoenda kurikuenda mhepo,” is the closing statement on Soul Jah Love’s brand new track which is a dedication to Zimbabwean current president Mr. Emerson Mnangagwa who is facing an election petition challenging his presidency from MDC-A President Adv Chamisa.

The track has crossed heads as it has become an endorsement of Mnangagwa who is less popular among most of Soul Jah Love’s fans especially in Harare which widely voted for Chamisa in the just ended Presidential elections.

Chibaba as he is popularly known has been on a Zanu PF cheering team even since Mr. Mugabe’s time. As someone who grew up facing the challenges caused by Zanu PF mismanagement of the economy some would expect Jah Love to walk on a path like Winky D did on the Parliament song and call out the authority responsible to give the youths a chance.

What do you think about Soul Jah Love’s latest track titled E.D Pfee?

Ghanaian Dancehall and Reggae artiste, Stonebwoy has signed a deal with Universal Music Group.

He becomes the second Ghana-based artiste after Singer and Songwriter, Cina Soul to be signed by one of the world’s largest music companies.

The label will market, promote and distribute the works of the “Enku Lenu” hitmaker around the world.

The deal was announced at an event in Nigeria on Tuesday, July 17 to officially launch the company and introduce the team to manage the operations of the company in West Africa.

Veteran Music Executive, Ezegozie Eze Jnr., will head the team and will report to Sipho Dlamini, managing director of Universal Music South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Eze stated that the launch of the company was a “huge statement of belief in our local music talent” and its “ambition to help our artists reach the widest global audience.”

The deal adds to Stonebwoy’s career highlights in the past year.

His 2017 album “Epistles of Mama” peaked at number 13 on the Billboard World Charts. It is the first album by a Ghana-based Ghanaian artiste to achieve that record based on sales compiled by Nielsen Music.

Stonebwoy became the second Ghanaian Grammy nominee after an album he was featured on earned a nomination at the 2018 Grammys.

Stonebwoy has been the only Ghanaian and African artiste to perform at the 2018 SummerJam, an European Reggae and Dancehall festival.

Source: GhanaWeb

Zylofon Music’s Shatta Wale has announced that his Reign album will be released this October.

The Dancehall King made this announcement via his Instagram. In a video, he posted with the with the caption “after the storm comes “THE REIGN” This October … powered by @zylofonmusic_ and #shattamovement.”

 

The Reign album will be Shatta Wale’s first major album after signing to Zylofon Music.
Shatta Wale has already teased fans with Gringo off the Album which attained great heights in the music scene.

Source: Zylofon Media

As the nation of Zimbabwe is heading towards the upcoming elections to be held on the 30th of July, Zimbabwean dancehall popular chanter Winky D has answered many people’s wishes to participate in the parliamentary elections in a song titled Parliament.

Its a call that started many years ago when the Gafa, as he is also known as, won consecutively the people’s choice awards on different ceremonies people urged him to contest as an independent candidate in the election that were held in 2013.

Its not a secret that when it comes to music Winky D is one of the top favorite stars in Zimbabwe. In the almost 3 minutes long song he mimics MDC Alliance slogan ‘Chamisa Chete Chete’ turning it into ‘Gafa Chete Chete’ to show that he is the only deserving choice.

He also seems to take a jab at the current government singing ‘kufa kwema yuts ndiko kufa kwenyika, pachagarwa nani ipapo kana madzika?’ // The death of the youths is the death of a nation, who will take over when you leave?

The song might not be an announcement to Winky’s MP candidacy, but however an artistic way to express his take on the upcoming Zimbabwean elections.

Stream and download the brand new mp3 track from Winky D titled Parliament below. 

DOWNLOAD HERE