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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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

Seh Calaz collaborates with other Zimdancehall artist including former foe Kabhidha for a fresh mixtape titled The Future. Stream and download here.

A few days after Ninja Kabhidha revealed how Winky D’s camp deserted him after dissing Seh Calaz, the youngster has made a brand new move to distance himself from the Vigilance Side camp by joining forces with the Bandit Boss, Seh Calaz in the new mixtape.

https://soundcloud.com/zimdancehall-riddimz/sets/seh-calas-friends-the-future-hozviyo-mixxtapefeb-2018

Other features also include Hwindi Prezident, Nutty O, Prosper fi Real, Tipsy, Young Cashlibs and Jamaican Turbulence.

ARTIST: SEH CALAZ

TITLE: THE FUTURE (HOVHIYO MIXTAPE)

SONGS:

  1. HONDO FT HWINDI PRESIDENT
  2. HAKUNA MUTSVENE FT KABHIDHA
  3. TO THE TOP FT NUTTY O
  4. UPTOWN GIRL FT PROSPER FI REAL
  5. MOTO FT TIPSY
  6. PISAI VANHU FT YUNG CASHLIBS
  7. NDEZVENYU FT TURBULENCE

PRODUCERS: LEVELS, CYMPLEX (SOLID RECORDS), CASHLIBS

RELEASE: FEB 2018

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Sadly Zimdancehall this year is only represented in two categories at the annual National Arts and Merits Awards. Dancehall lacks representation is some of the most prestigious music categories such as Artist of the Year and Album of the Year which had seen artists like Winky D and Killer T nominated in the previous years.

However, Soul Jah Love and King Shaddy are up to the rescue. King Shaddy was nominated for the best video alongside Studio Arts Pictures who shot and directed the video ‘Bhero‘. Other videos vying for the same award include Ndinokakama by Dereck Mpofu and Over Again by Vimbai Mukarati.

Pamamonya Ipapo was undoubtedly an anthem for 2017 only until Jah Prayzah‘s kinda prophetic album ‘Kutonga Kwaro‘ took the streets. Soul Jah Love has gained a nomination from the folks at Nama for the song and he faces Jah Prayzah’s ‘Ndini Ndamubata‘ and Ammara Brown‘s ‘Akiliz‘. Its definitely not going to be easy on this one as all the three songs were exchanging the top spot on our playlists through out the year.

YOU CAN CHECK THE FULL LIST BELOW:

  1. SPOKEN WORD AWARDS

Outstanding Poet

Tinashe Tafirenyika

Shingirai Manyengavana

Mercy Dhliwayo

Special Mention

Takesure Taringana

Outstanding Comedian

Tinaye Chiketa

Samantha Kureya    aka   Gonyeti

Mandlenkosi Mathe    aka  D Comedian

 

  1. LITERARY ARTS AWARDS

Outstanding First Creative Published Works

Blooming Lilies           by        Dean Murinda  [Pen Featherz Media]

Nei?                            by        Lazarus Sauti [Royalty Books]

Ndofa Ndisina Mwana by        Jesca Rushwaya-Marwiro [ZPH]

Outstanding Children’s Book

Paradise Stories             by    Eve Nyemba-Mazando

Nomvundla and the Chilli Eating Contest        by        Fortune Tazvivinga

The Magician               by       Aleck Kaposa  [Essential Books]

Outstanding Fiction

Moving On                  by        Jane Morris (editor)     [AmaBooks]

Survivors Café             by        Stanley Mushava         [Underclass Books & Films]

Live Like an Artist       by        David Mungoshi          [Bhabhu Books]

Special Mention

Tsvura Ngoko by Ishmail Penyai

 

  1. THEATRE AWARDS

Outstanding Actor

Gift Chakuvinga          in         Double Funeral

Leonard Phiri               in         Ihloka

Julian Tshuma             in         Double Funeral

Outstanding Actress

Charlene Mangweni     in         The Incident

Nomvuyiso Mabi         in         Double Funeral

Edith Masango             in         Narratives from the Dark

Outstanding Theatrical Production

The Incident    directed by       Elizabeth ‘Zaza’ Muchemwa

Double Funeral directed by     Thulani Mbambo

Ihloka             directed by       Matesu Dube

Outstanding Director

Zaza Muchemwa         for       The Incident

Thulani Mbambo         for       Double Funeral

Matesu Dube               for       Ihloka

  

  1. DANCE AWARDS

Outstanding Female Dancer

Ndomupeishe Chipendo          in         Kutamba Zve

Melany Carruthers                   in         Southern Soul

Yeukai Zinyoro                       in         Variety

Outstanding Male Dancer

McIntosh Jerahuni       in         Fullstop

Malcom E. Chirove      in         LA Puissance

Sean Mambwere          in         Online

Outstanding Dance Group

Afro Dance

Breakthrough Productions

M & M Dance Factory

Special Mention

Ezimnyama Dance Ensemble

Outstanding Choreographer

Sean Mambwere          –           Online

Melany Carruthers       –           Southern Soul

Malcom E. Chirove      –           LA Puissance

 

  1. VISUAL ARTS AWARDS

Outstanding 2 Dimensional Work

Twisted Yoke Ropes    by        Webster Mubayirenyi

Iwe Neni Tine Basa     by        Calvin Chimutuwah

AU Logo Design          by        Quentine Nyoni

Outstanding 3 Dimensional Work

Dudu Manhenga          by        Josiah Chigondora

Loving Memories         by        Gift Chimufombo

Proud of my Hair         by        David White

Outstanding Mix Media Work

Recurring Success            by    Munyaradzi Mazarire

Madam Vebvoda Foni                 by    Evans T. Mutenga

Camel and Friends (Zizi)  by   Johnson Zuze

Outstanding Exhibition

Dis(colour)ed Margins             by  Thandazani Dhlakama & Fadzai Muchemwa   at   NGZ

Colour Revolution       by Gary Thompson   at The ‘A’ Gallery

From Line to Form       by  Helen Lieros   at   Delta Gallery

 

  1. FILM AND TELEVISION AWARDS

Outstanding Actress

Kudzai Msungo           in         Muzita Rababa

Gamuchirai Dube        in         Kushata Kwemoyo

Nothando Nobengula   in         Like a Good Woman Should

Outstanding Actor

Eddingtone Hatitongwe  in       Muchaneta

Charles Muzemba          in       Kushata Kwemoyo

Zolile Makeleni              in       Wenera

Outstanding Music Video

Ndinokakama  produced by    Naxo Films     ft.  Dereck Mpofu

Bhero               produced by    Studio Art Pictures       ft. Shadrick Kwarire (aka King Shaddy)

Over Again      produced by     Vimbai Mukarati     ft.  Vimbai Mukarati

Outstanding Screen Production (Television)

Muchaneta                   directed by  Eddingtone Hatitongwe

Wenera                        directed by  Zolile Makeleni

Muzita Rababa             directed by  Shem Zemura

Outstanding Screen Production – Short Film

Ruvimbo’s Wedding                directed by Ben Mahaka

Things We Do for Love           directed by Derby Bheta

Baba the Joys of Fatherhood   directed by Ignatious Matope

Outstanding Screen Production – Full Length Film

Like a Good Woman Should   directed by Gilbert Mupiwa

Kushata Kwemoyo                  directed by Shem Zemura

One Woman and Her Mbira     directed by Hope Masike

 

  1. MEDIA AWARDS

Outstanding Journalist – Radio

Nicola Ndoro               –           Star FM

Lastword Musekiwa     –           Star FM

Patience Musa             –           ZiFM

Special Mention

Babongile Sikhonjwa – Skyz FM

 

Outstanding Journalist – Print

Vasco Chaya               –           Daily News

Prince Mushawevato    –           Sunday Mail

Stanley Mushava         –           Herald

Outstanding Journalist – TV

Regis Mhako                –           ZBC

Andrew Neshamba      –           ZBC

Sifiso Mpofu               –           ZBC

Outstanding Online Media

Bustop TV

Jera

Black Toe TV

 

  1. MUSIC AWARDS

Outstanding Male Musician

Enock Munhenga         aka       XQ

Trevor Dongo

Mukudzei Mukombe   aka       Jah Prayzah

Outstanding Female Musician

Ammara Brown

Janet Manyowa

Selmor Mtukudzi

Outstanding Album

Inhliziyo            by     Caleb Msipa

Beyond               by  Trevor Dongo

Kutonga Kwaro  by     Mukudzei Mukombe   aka   Jah Prayzah

Outstanding Song

Pamamonya Ipapo    by Soul Musaka      aka       Soul Jah Love

Ndini Ndamubata     by   Mukudzei Mukombe   aka   Jah Prayzah

Akiliz                        by   Ammara Brown

 

  1. SPECIAL AWARDS

Outstanding Promoter

X-MO Squad

2 Kings Entertainment

Divine Assignments

Stream and download Tocky Vibez latest 2018 songs and full album.

TRACKS:

  1. NYORA TSAMBA
  2. RWENDO
  3. NDAKUSUWA
  4. CHIMODHO
  5. RAMWA
  6. UMWE NEUMWE
  7. USAMBOTYA
  8. ZVICHADARIKA
  9. RORI
  10. MUSAVATYA
  11. RUMBIDZWAI
  12. NDIFAMBE BHO
  13. WANGU NDEIPI
  14. MITEZO INONETA
  15. TELEPHONE
  16. CHINONZWA NZARA MWEYA
  17. RWIYO
  18. CHAKAKOSHA CHII
  19. RISE TO THE TOP

Stream for free below:

https://soundcloud.com/zimdancehall-riddimz/sets/tocky-vibes-rori-album-jan-2018

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Winky D will be launching a new album at International Conference Centre on February 2, the album’s title ‘Gombwe’ has been a mystery to many fans who have been wondering since the day it was announced last year if it has any meaning and if it will replace the Gafa title?

Winky has proved to be an energetic performer who has joined the list of top musicians working with promoters of the moment 2Kings Entertainment.

The promotions company is working with Winky D in launching his new album titled “Gombwe”. And the title of the album is of notable interest. Winky D has created an array of confusing alter egos which have now pigeon-holed him into a music demagogy along the way calling himself Bigman, Ninja President, Pharoah and Gafa. Gombwe is an addition to these titles.

“If you want to know what Gombwe is, please go and check in the dictionary,” he said. A quick perusal in a Shona dictionary defines Gombwe as a Zimbabwean name often given to a baby boy. The meaning of Gombwe in Shona is guardian spirit especially of a tribe.

“I am moving with the times, if I remain stagnant I die,” he said. The musician’s dressing has also been influenced by the crown he would be wearing at a certain point in life.

During his Bigman days, Winky D used to wear a big belt inscribed “bigman”. Then came the Ninja President times when he used to adorn that martial arts attire. He adopted the Kandura, a special type of the Arab dressing when he used to call himself the Pharoah. Are we going to see Winky D in animal skin since he has adopted the moniker Gombwe – a Shona spirit medium?

“I cannot divulge that, people will have a glimpse of my dressing when they come for the album launch on February 2,” he said.

Source: The Herald

Listen and download the brand new track from Beitbridge based 19 year old Mark G. Ben 10 is a track that talks of a young guy trying to convince an older lady to get involved with the youngster as her Ben 10.

Mark G is a young dancehall star who commands a large fan base in his hometown of Beitbridge, at one point he was actually part of Lady Squanda’s Afta8 label. Stream and download the track below.

 

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