Music sensation Ebony Reigns (Priscilla Opoku-Kwarteng) has been reported dead.

According to Graphic Online, the  explosive artiste was involved in an accident at Mankranso in the Ahafo Ano South district of Ashanti late Thursday night which claimed two other lives.

The Mankranso police confirmed the tragic news to Joy FM, and said the accident involved a Jeep she was travelling on and a VIP bus. And pictures of the gory accident has been circulating on social media.

Ebony was born 16th February, 1997, and was only a week shy of her 21st birthday.
Ebony had been tipped to sweep the best and topmost laurels on offer at any local awards following the many hits she has churned out in her short but enterprising career.

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It appears when you are good at it, one album cd is enough to get you a set of wheels!

Last night was the official launch for Winky’s latest offering called Gombwe. The double event which was also a birthday bash for the 35 year old dancehall Igwe was held at the HICC which was oversubscribed with fans filling to hall to capacity and more with some people resorting to stand in passage ways to get a glimpse of the action.

Many artists took to the stage as they helped the Gafa celebrate his birthday and launch. South African based Buffalo Souljah who was the guest artist did not manage to mesmerize the crowd enough as he seemed to enjoy his songs more than the crowd was.

When it came time for the Gafa to take on the mic, fans went crazy. With screams and shouts covering the 5,000 seater as excitement clearly rose within. As usual the Gafa (or is it now Gombwe) did not fail to impress.

Opening with a slew of his old hits, he later on started introducing some of his brand new tracks from the album.One such song that caught our attention was Ngirozi, which he features the Vabati VaJehova group.

Ginimbi, a popular Zimbabwe businessman later joined Winky D on stage and pledged to buy the album for $20,000 before increasing the figure to a whooping $40,000!

It was obviously all smiles for the Ninja President

 

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

Jamaican dancehall star Charly Black who was is Zimbabwe back in 2015 for the ‘Bubbling Party‘ show which was over subscribed with shows held in Harare and also Cape Town, is calling on Zimbabwean promoters to book him again.

The “Too Blessed” singer even went a step further publishing his number on Facebook for fans “especially Kenya & Zimbabwe” to give to the right promoters. “Im doing my Africa tour this year especially (Kenya an Zimbabwe) all my fans give these numbers to the right promoters for bookings ‭+1 (718) 313-8640‬ and ‭+1 (876) 352-0226‬ 🤞🏿🤞🏿🤞🏿#teamunstoppable” he wrote.

Zimbabwe is easily one of the best place for Jamaican artists to come and perform usually because of the way dancehall still dominates our waves. A few years back the Jamaican reggae group Morgan Heritage professed their love to perform in the country which once set foot the icon Bob Marley in 1980.

 

According to his official biography, Charly Black started singing at the age of five, winning countless singing competitions thus proving that he would be a great talent in years to come. Before he started singing professionally his first job professionally in the music business was a selector.

 

Put that mouth holding emoji! Are Jamaican artists becoming more like local artists? I mean Turbulence, the Ghetto Yuts singer has just landed somewhat quietly into the country for a show!

Shocking right, if you haven’t been following Seh Calaz on social media, we are not surprised if you didn’t know.

Turbulence arrived yesterday for Seh Calaz’s birthday bash nicknamed Sadaka. The Jamaican superstar was also in the country this year back in April for a tour that only saw a few attendees and dubbed by some as ‘a flop‘. Which shocked some who had attended his then previous show in 2013.

In 2013 Turbulence who was hosted by Red Rose entertainment caused commotion in the streets of Mbare when he made a surprise visit. Although yesterday’s landing of the dancehall/reggae icon was nothing compared to that of 2013, a few fans showed up to welcome the star.

Mumota Murikubvira remix was a result of that 2013 tour after Turbulence praised Seh Calaz for his vocals. The two ended up remixing his then hit which was well received by the fans.

Seh Calaz’s birthday bash is happening tomorrow 14 October at the Netball Complex featuring a host of others dancehall stars like Killer T, Kinnah, Soul Jah Love, Freeman, Lady Squanda, Celcious, Silent Killer and more and tickets are going for $5 (with these many artists we wonder what Turbulence’s cut looks like).

 

Yes its true ladies and gents, the legendary reggae crooner Omar Riley popularly known as Tarrus Riley, with former internationally charting hits like ‘Gimmi Likkle One Drop‘ and ‘Superman‘ is making his way to Africa, Zimbabwe.

The artists has already confirmed the news a few days ago when we broke the news on our Instagram page (you should follow us @dancehallafrika).

The show will be happening at the Harare International Conference Center [HICC] according to an event update posted by the singer on his Facebook page, the date to remember is 27 October. The Facebook event has already attracted over a thousand interested revelers.

Edit 10/10/17: Show date has changed to 28 October 2017.

Tarrus will be bringing Dean Fraser a Jamaican born saxophonist and the Blak Soil band. Watch the video below to get a feel of the band!

According to Zimba Nice the show organizer is the man behind many successful international acts who have graced the country in the past such as Mavado and Dermaco, it is Guru CA of C & A Entertainment.

“Tarrus is a musician par excellence with a breath-taking discography that has mature music that celebrates love and the appreciation of love and we promise that he will deliver a world class performance at what we are billing to be the world class event of the year,” said a spokesperson for the organisers.

A video below of Mr. Riley confirming the show was posted on their Facebook page.

Greetings Zimbabwe massive, this is your singer Tarrus Riley. reminding you about October 27, Tarrus Riley, Blak soil band and Dean Fraser himself live at the HICC,” says the excited Jamaican artist.

 

Unfortunately ticket sale details are still scarce at the moment and we promise to update this post once they have been confirmed.

 

Dobba Don was undoubtedly one of the few people that came out shining at the Shooting Stars concert that was held a few weeks ago at the Long Cheng Plaza.

Why, you ask? Because Demarco gave reference to the star alongside Kinnah. You can watch the video below (warning poor sound).

Dobba Don also gave one of the best performance at the the night. Demarco born Collin Demar Edwards was in Harare for his Shooting Stars tour where he performed alongside other local artists.

If you weren’t there to witness Dobba performing, worry not. He has dropped a vernacular tune titled ‘KwaDemmarco’ in which he narrates what took place.

In reference to how the fans were enjoying his act, the 45,45 artist sang, “mangoma ndaivarovera kunge hoko.., vaingoona ndichi dhomoka.”

Listen below:

 

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Zimbabwean dancehall artist Jah Seed will go head to head with Nigerian Patoranking at this year’s edition of the RedBull Culture Clash festival to be held at Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg on 23 September 2017.

The Red Bull Culture Clash is a live music event made up of four stages each featuring a crew representing a genre. The crews will then battle against each other to be crowned Red Bull Culture Clash winner.

Jahseed, the former Bongo Maffin member, will lead the dancehall crew while Patoranking leads Afro-pop, South African AKA and DJ Tira will lead the Hip Hop and House crews respectively. The crew that gets the most reaction from the crowd will walk away with the prize.

Bongo Maffin performing live on stage.

Here is what each camp will look like:

Top Boyz Sound System, headlined by AKA: Anatii, Jr, Master a Flat, Yanga Chief, DJ Fanatic, Twins on Decks, and secret guests.

Durban Massacre Sound System, headlined by DJ Tira: Naak Musiq, Distruction Boyz, L’vovo, Professor, Duncan, Big Nuz, Killer Kau, and secret guests.

Red Hot Sound System, headlined by Patoranking: Gemini Major, DJ Snypes, Major League DJz, Jupitar, and secret guests.

African Storm Sound System, headlined by Admiral and Jahseed: Dance Hall Queens, Tol A$$ Mo, Oskido, Speedy and Secret Guests.

The Red Bull Culture Clash concept was initiated by Red Bull Music Academy in the UK in 2010. It’s based on the classic Jamaican sound system culture and defined by fierce competition and big sound. Since its inception, the event has made its way around the world with clashes in New York, Lisbon and Paris.

When I started this website as Zimdancehall Insider almost three years ago the vision was to showcase some of the finest acts in Zimdancehall and probably help push some of our artists beyond our borders. As you can see that was a pretty ambitious vision.

At that time I was so broke but I tried so much to bootstrap with what I had and the site took off. This should tell you that I also hoped creating this site would help me financially. I was to realise later that, it was only just a dream. Google Adsense (our advertising platform) doesnt pay as much for Zimbabwean views than it does for European or American views, you have to be a Newsday to make meaningful income out of it (or not?)

This is not what I really want to talk about here, but its going to help whats coming.

The reason I have really continued with this website is simply passion.

Over the years, I have interacted with a number of people, Zimdancehall celebs and fans, but trust me its not easy to convince some of our Zimdancehall artists to care about you, when you are just a blog and they are not going to see their face in the newspaper! But some are really cool and they treat you just like a real newspaper when you engage them, which makes it worth it!

Getting to my story of DISCOVER!

Zimdancehall is becoming too difficult to keep up with that I have come to discover that people don’t care about keeping up with it anymore. No, people now care more about keeping up with a few artists at a time. The rest become background players who have one almost popular song every year.

It is becoming more difficult for some talented young artists to enter the scene. Note that I said talented, I am sure that not everyone that sings deserves to enter the scene, we have a lot of chancerz in the industry. People who are trying their lucky even though they are not really good at it.

DancehallAfrika DISCOVER is our new program to offer help to some of the talented dancehall artists in ways we can. Which is not much really, I will not promise that a feature on this blog will give your career the lifting it needed, no. What we are looking to do is give you a searchable profile, a reference for your work.

This site has done well over the years in terms of ranking for Zimdancehall searches on Google. That means if you have your profile on our site, it becomes possible for someone to search your name on Google and have meaningful results.

We will also try to promote our discover section to promoters so that when they search for artists to help promote, they also take a look at it.

In the years I have worked this blog, I have discovered that patience is one of the most important thing if you want to make your career meaningful. As an artist you also need to reflect on your work, if you are not a Soul Jah Love sometimes you are going to need to work a little extra hard and trust me that is a good thing.

All these years you are failing, you are actually perfecting your work and preparing yourself to be a better artist than most.

Its not always about the money, because to tell you the truth if all great singers we have right now cared for money all the way, we wouldn’t be having such great music to listen to.

Like I told you before, I have been sponsoring this blog myself because I am passionate about blogging and sharing music. Now I also want to see great artists who haven’t been discovered before taking a chance together with me.

If you are interested please click this link or go to https://dancehallafrika.com/discover THIS IS FREE!! I urge you to upload your music on SoundCloud before and use the links to fill in the form.

If you cant do that, you can email me with your details on [email protected] or WhatsApp +263738431093 just be patient with me on App, I may be busy but I reply everyone.

You can also share this post with anyone who might be interested, if you received this from someone else, just know they BELIEVE IN YOU!

A free Beenie Man show? That sounds good right? Well fret not my dear one, its happening this September.

The Zimbabwe Tourism Authority has confirmed that they will be bringing the Jamaican star back to the country for the Carnival free party that is happening on 9 September.

Beenie Man is coming back to the country after having suffered bad publicity due to a performance that was not well received by the local Zimbabwean fans. [Read “Saturday Proved Winky is Legend, But so is Beenie Man ]

The ZTA spokesperson Mr. Chagonda expressed confidence that the artist can redeem himself from the bad performance he displayed last weekend.

“Musicians are like footballers. They can be off form on a particular day, there is no doubt that Bennie Man is a talented musician who can rise to occasion and this is an opportunity for him to redeem himself for his fans,” he said.

The Harare International Carnival is an annual event that is held mid-summer to celebrate different cultures from across the world while showcasing Zimbabwe’s own way of life. This year’s carnival starts this Friday 1 Sept and ends 10 Sept with a ‘bag’ of free shows lined up including a street party.

It is at this party we will witness whether the ‘Girls dem Sugar’ star still got it!

After Carnival edit: #THEYLIEDTOUS