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

 

Ninja Kabhidha in a tell all moment on Zifm Stereo claimed that Winky D’s Vigilance Team neglected him when he jumped into a lyrical war with Seh Calaz.

Chitungwiza based Zim-dancehall artist Ronald Saliran popularly known as Ninja Kabhidha told Abisher Palmer on Zifm that his career suffered when he engaged Seh Calaz in lyrical war. Kabhidha claimed that the Vigilance Side comprising Winky D, Layaan and Banda decided to disown the youngster because of the reason which later on caused him to suffer lack of support.

You know Zimdancehall, when there are ten shows in a year, seven are in Mbare, but in Mbare they don’t want to see me and were throwing cans at me saying go back to your (vigilance) side,“* the youngster narrated the events that took place after dissing Mbare bred Seh Calaz.

When he came into the spotlight a few years ago Kabhidha was tipped as the young Ninja president following his allegiance to Winky D’s (aka Ninja Prezident) Vigilance Side camp. However, things have not turned well for the artist as most of his songs have flown unnoticed and the support he enjoyed at first started to dry out.

Winky D has long been accused by many fans for neglected other young talents. The same story can be told for Ninja Lipsy who also came into the spotlight after her song with Winky D Taitirana/First Sight took off. She was also tipped as the First Lady of the Vigilance Side, but support for her from the camp has since dried out too and her career is also on the ropes.

Both of them were also not invited to take part at Winky D’s Gombwe album launch.

Beating at Equation Studios

Kabhinda also claimed that he was buttered while working at Equation Studios but received little support from his camp at the Vigilance Side, “I was beaten and made a phone call to Layaan but the only thing I was told was, ‘have you reported to the police?'”*

You can listen to the interview below or click here.

*quotes have been edited from Shona

Winky D dropped his 11th album titled Gombwe. Stream and download all the songs from the album here.

The album was launched at the Harare International Conference Center to a packed audience. One of Zimbabwe’s popular businessman and socialite Genius ‘Ginimbi’ Kadungwe paid $40,000 for the first copy of the album. You can read the story here.

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STREAM SOUNDCLOUD

https://soundcloud.com/zimdancehall-riddimz/sets/winky-d-gombwe-album-pro-by

 

TRACKS

  1. GOMBWE [DOWNLOAD HERE]
  2. NGIROZI FT VABATI VAJEHOVA [DOWNLOAD HERE]
  3. FINHU FINHU [DOWNLOAD HERE]
  4. I’M HOT [DOWNLOAD HERE]
  5. BHO YANGU [DOWNLOAD HERE]
  6. HIGHWAY CODE (G4o Diss) [DOWNLOAD HERE]
  7. CITY LIFE [DOWNLOAD HERE]
  8. DONA [DOWNLOAD HERE]
  9. MY WOMAN FT BEENIE MAN [DOWNLOAD HERE]
  10. HATIPEREKEDZANE [DOWNLOAD HERE]
  11. MAROBOTS [DOWNLOAD HERE]
  12. ONAIWO [DOWNLOAD HERE]
  13. SIMBA [DOWNLOAD HERE]

DOWNLOAD FULL ALBUM HERE

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

 

Ever since the hey days of dancehall there were disses, artists like Bounty Killer and Beenie Man from Jamaica thrived on these. In Jamaica, dancehall was actually at peak and commanding the world’s attention during the days of Gully, led by Mavado VS Gaza led by the now incarcerated deejay Vybz Kartel. But does the diss culture still matter in the dancehall circles?

Some have branded the Gaza VS Gully a reggae civil war, taking it away from just being a beef between artists but a war between two movements. Jamaica celebrated (and still does) lyrical warfare through shows like Sting were the most controversial rivals of the year face each other as the year ends, on the stage for a show off of superiority!

This culture like most of the Jamaican dancehall cultures have been adopted at home in Africa and Zimbabwe in particular. With the birth of the Zimdancehall genre, a localized form of dancehall by Zimbabwean artists, in the early 2000s saw the rise of disses among the artists of that time.

One such beef that carried weight and was the talk of the time was between Winky D and the late Daddy D, while Winky D was also clashing with King Labash.

This beef resulted in a war lyrically filled songs such as Dead Inna War by Winky D. Winky was later to be crowned King of Zimdancehall at an event held in 2009 at the Harare Gardens.

Even though artists like Winky D seem to have moved on from the ‘diss culture’ young artists who are finding their way into the genre still depend on it to provide theme with relevance.

Seh Calaz is one such artist who gained attention after he became the first radio played chanter to throw shade at Winky D. After releasing a reply to Winky D’s song ‘Mafira Kureva‘ of the same year, 2013, Seh Calaz has become one of the sought after Zimdancehall brands.

Do Disses Still Matter in Dancehall?

I am going to say it depends! Even though Zimdancehall was born at a time when the diss culture was at peak in Jamaica and the world, the impact a beef had those days and today differs.

Back then dancehall was more than just a musical genre, that most dictionaries today still fail to acknowledge, it was a culture. It represented a way of life among the forgotten community of different societies especially coming from the ghetto. Dancehall was born from the Grandfather of most Jamaican genres, Reggae. It quickly became another way to fill the day.

However this trend has reached its peak and is definitely declining. Dancehall is becoming a genre among others. The culture aspect were you could identify a dancehall lover by the way he/she talked, dressed and their playlist is slowly dying.

I remember back in the days my brothers were known for having the best cds, it was before memory cards kids, or whatever technology you have these days, we had a local guy who burned/pirated music and they always picked the best songs for that mp3, and mp3 back then was an audio cd with files! We would exchange these cds and it was part of the culture, songs were debated when we met and he who had the latest was the king!

In this age of WhatsApp and the great internet, songs are easily lost in the sea filled with many other unknown artist files.

The weight a diss would carry those days was far greater than it does now. The fact that songs can easily miss you, the fact that you cant keep up with all the songs dropping each day, the fact that artists no longer have the real power to control conversation and the fact that new camps such as the old Gaza and Gully cant last longer, are all threats to the culture.

Our world is now filled with a lot of information to really care about a diss, the western culture is taking over. The selfie age were time is better spent on Instagram than discussing Platinum Prince‘s latest diss, is the reason disses don’t really matter now.

If a diss doesn’t steer any controversy and cause people to talk it becomes a miss and thats whats happening with most, they are misses.

If it was for little me to give a judgement I would say if a diss is not well calculated, its actually a waste of time. Your audience these days is moving faster than you can drop the next song.

You can still make a career throwing shade at other artists as long as you have the tools to make people talk and you can still be a good artist without a diss record, your choice.

The discussion should not end with a full stop! Comment below with your thoughts on this matter.

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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

Its a weird comparison, but that’s whats on the ground!

Even though Winky D and Jah Prayzah sing two different genres, here in Zimbabwe we know that when they release songs they are usually played back to back, especially this time of the year, when we are approaching the festive season.

However, recent political events have challenged the norm in the music industry. With Jah Prayzah coming on top of the rest after the military took over the government last week, his recent album ‘Kutonga Kwaro’ has become synonymous with the current change of power.

Its not a secret that next year’s National Arts and Merit Awards (NAMA), where we had gotten used to see Winky D neck to neck with the ‘Ndini Ndamubata‘ singer will be a whole lot different. In fact before the events some were already speculating that Jah Prayzah will have to face Jah Love’s ‘Pamamonya Ipapo‘ for song of the year.

Winky D in the shadows.

Madrinks Mucup‘ wasn’t much of a hit as expected. Although it went up high on local radio charts, Winky’s single, marketed as a party banger has been left out of many DJs’ playlists as they opted for much hyped songs like Jah Prayzah’s ‘Kutonga Kwaro‘.

His other single which has been debated by some to contain political meaning, ‘Dzemudanga‘ is still finding its way even after almost a month in circulation!

This year its safe to say the Bigman as Winky D is affectionately known by his fans has failed to maintained his high standards as a party starter. Some have blamed this on his continued use of the same style through his songs. “Winky anowanza kushandisa skiri one pamasong, ndoproblem,” one of our readers added.

However, his video for ‘My Women‘ featuring international star Beenie Man seems to be doing okay, having garnered over 220, 000 views (as of writing) on YouTube, although compared to Jah Prayzah’s videos featuring regional stars such as Yemi Alade have already surpassed a million views, however dropped earlier.

Yes ladies and gentlemen, Zimbabwe’s King of Dancehall meets THE King of Dancehall for a match nobody saw coming!

A few days ago the Dancehall Igwe, Winky D announced that he will be dropping a new single featuring Jamaican artists Beenie Man, everybody got excited waiting for the fresh single. Only to be hit with a brand new video from the two Kings of different worlds!

Now we’ve got to rewind a little bit. A few months ago in August of this year Winky D performed on a Beenie Man show in Zimbabwe, a show which caused noise after for what some might say the wrong reasons. Some local newspapers started pointing at the fact that Winky D managed to outshine Beenie, a debate which led some to say Winky D was now far better than the King himself.

Conspiracy!

Was there bad blood now between the two chanters? I think its safe to say not a lot of people saw this collaboration coming. After Beenie Man was humiliated in the form of bad press after such a show, many would think he was done with Zim-dancehall. But Alas!

King Beenie has managed to show he is fully behind the Zimbabwean born genre as he collaborates with one of our own.

Winky D ft Beenie Man – My Woman video.

According to the Bigman, the My Woman video “adds to the narrative of the urban hustle for survival through looking at its interface with the institution of marriage.

In the video the two dancehall gurus also get a moment in a scene where they share liquor. You can watch the video and download the song below.

 

DOWNLOAD HERE

 

After waiting for over a year now, the Zimdancehall fraternity has been officially blessed with two singles from the Ninja President, Winky D.

Madrinks Mucup, one of the tracks went viral a few months ago after Winky D performed the song to a live audience. Just like he did last year with 25, the hype for the song went up. Now you get to listen to the full party song.

The other single released by Di Bigman is a song titled Dzemudanga, while some are referring to it as ‘Padzinotungana.’ The song talks about a relationship between two friends and how they solve their disputes.

You can stream and download Madrinks Mucup and Dzemudanga below.

https://soundcloud.com/zimdancehall-riddimz/winky-d-panotungana-dzemudanga

 

https://soundcloud.com/zimdancehall-riddimz/winky-d-ma-drinks-mu-cup

Another single:

In a post titled Gafa State of Nation Address Winky D promised to release another single next week featuring Beenie Man, “the King of the Dancehall will be releasing the much anticipated, rumor mongered, perceived, narrated without due evidence, collaboration with the great King of the Dancehall,the Doctor Beenie Man on the 6th of November, 2017.” He wrote on his Facebook page.

No Album this year!

Despite hopes from many of having an Xmas bonus in the form of an album from Winky D, the Ninja President in his statement promised to drop the album next year 1 February which will ‘coincide with his birthday.’

DOWNLOAD MADRINKS MUCUP HERE

DOWNLOAD DZEMUDANGA HERE

The Zimbabwean dancehall Igwe, Winky D has been nominated for an international award. Winky D was nominated for the Best Reggae Dancehall Artist award alongside other African dancehall acts, Shatta Wale, Patoranking, Burnaboy and Bebe Cool.

The annual African Entertainment Awards are hosted in Toronto, Canada to celebrate the African-Canadian Culture.

This years event will be held on the 21st of October.

To vote you simply need to visit the AEAC website: aeawards.ca/nominees.html and click on your favorite artist in each category. There are about sixteen sub-categories in the International Category that Winky D and others are nominated in. If you just want to vote for this just scroll to the end.

Other African dancehall artists to note who are also nominated for the awards are Ghanaian Stonebwoy and MzVee.

So what are you waiting for head over and vote, spread the word!