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.

Source DailyNews

“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

 

Alex Muti is a multi-talented/multimedia/multi-genre producer. He’s an all round creative; writer, producer, photographer, designer, videographer, etc. Born Guidance Takaruva, February 1994 at Masvingo General Hospital.

Swaziland based producer Alex Muti

Background

His curiousity for music started growing about 8 years ago. His circle of friends were enthusiastic about comic books and sketching, eventually he found literature and stories interesting. After developing interest in sound production/video editing software, he joined Limkokwing University for a Creative Multimedia course which polished his skillset.

Awards

He is the mastermind behind one of the 2017 MTNSWAMA Song of the Year Nominees, Dj 1D’s Gijima Mfana and M. TriggerSon’s 2moro (Hapan’ Anozvigona) hit single which was performed at the 2017 award ceremony. He’s the one who produced M. TriggerSon’s anticipated Highway project, all 10 songs + the 2moro music video.

Early this year he released a playlist of exclusive beats that display his range (for stream only) in order to showcase some of the dynamics in his sound. He is currently crafting an EP (about 10 songs) featuring eSwatini (formerly Swaziland) recording artists – due to drop before summer, 2 singles + 1 music video already out.

Links

Dj 1D ft. Crax, Mozaik and KrTC – Gijima Mfana (Prod. by Alex Muti)
https://www.datafilehost.com/d/702ec230

Dj 1D ft. Diba Diba, Qibho Intalektual & Jurie – Lendlela (Prod. by Alex Muti)
https://www.datafilehost.com/d/51992927

Alex Muti ft. Able Kein, Jurie, Wigo & M. TriggerSon – Noise
http://umculo.net/index.php?a=track&id=138&name=alex-muti-noise-ft-able-kein-jurie-wigo-amp-m-triggerson

Most of the other songs he produced are not yet published by the artists.

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Chitungwiza based dancehall artist Ninja Kid will this weekend bring in a line up of different artists to his hometown as a celebration for his 24th birthday passa passa bash.

Some of the artists expected to perform at the event to be hosted on the 30th of June include Chitown’s very own Ricky Fire, Jahnoz, Jnr Fire and Softaz.

Its not just a dancehall event as the flyer in circulation also features hip hop acts like Briss Mbada and Beav City.

The showdown is happening on the 30th of June in Chitungwiza Unit N at Padamara and entrance is free!