Zimbabwe Digital News
Ever since his problems disappeared, he is never far away from the headlines – Wallace Chirumiko.
Winky D, Chi-Gaffa, Di Big Man, Dancehall Igwe or call him what you want – this man is a modern-day pioneer of Zim dancehall music.
The Igwe is beating his own path of a unique music career, and he is billed as the main act at Mu-Garden, featuring Vigilance and guest Gemma Griffiths on Friday October 4 – Newtown Music Factory.
Zimbabwean dancehall music, if one will correctly place this genre in its category of reggae music – is chaotic in its diversity.
The top dogs are as colourful as their stage names – Buffalo Souljah, Killer T, Jah Signal, Seh Calaz, Shinsoman, Dadza D, the General, Sniper Storm – and then there is Jah Prayzah.
By then – it is not difficult to judge a man by the company that he is mentioned alongside.
Way back in 2011 Winky D debuted at the Monash Beer Fest Carnival in Johannesburg where he performed alongside Black Coffee, Cabo Snoob, DJ Betto, DJ Leks, TshepNoz and Sipho, and Kay Mak.
He is popular on social media for having ‘beef’ with other Zimbabwean dancehall artists, a colloquial musical tactic, where artists clash in lyrics and bad attitude – and for territory in session to determine who mashes up the dance better than the other.
Zim Dancehall: United in its chaos
His ‘beef’ with Madcom and Dadza D is legendary, but Chi-Gaffa made the newspapers following a public fallout between him and his stable mates Sniper Storm while they were curtain raising for Mavado. The beed dates way back to 2010.
Commotion reigned, missiles were thrown onto the stage, and long after Mavado was gone back to Jamaica, word on the street was not about his performance, but the mystery of the stage presence that induces when Chirumiko is on the microphone.
Up to this day Sniper Storm says he does not lose sleep over Winky D.
But Chi-Gaffa is not concerned either. His movements are hard to follow.
Twice he was billed to perform, once at Capleton’s Zimbabwe New Year’s eve bash, and another at President Mugabe’s August 2013 inauguration – and twice he didn’t pitch – and his whereabouts were not known by anyone – except by himself.
Toning down the acerbic lyrics
In 2009 journalist Tendai Hildegarde Manzvanzvike wrote an article in which he urged Winky D to tone down the explicity of his lyrics and the use of violence in his music – and up to this day, if one views the footage on greedysouth.co.zw, it is clear that the sheer firepower of his passion is what drives Winky D to be a force of greatness that he brings on stage.
On a day in which Grand Timeless Brands is host it will be characteristic that Di Bigman is backed by equally big artists, and they do not come bigger than emergent Zim contemporary merchant Gemma Griffiths.
In 2016 she performed at the Zimbabwe Archivers Award in London where she first performed her Shona/English interpretation of Winky D’s Musarova Bigman hit, which became an overnight success, with over 100 000 YouTube views within a month of its release, becoming something of an anthem for Zimbabweans across the globe.
“Her sound is acoustic soul but there is no doubt to the multi-layers of her musicality, which is cosmopolitan in nature. We are in for an unforgettable experience with this combination,” said Brian Changamire of Grand Timeless Brands.
Griffiths will be the supporting act but also on the watch list is the GTB Family which features DJ Charlie Ban, DJ Rico Meyers, DJ Virgo, Vinno, DJ Shony, SVS International.
The programme is hosted by YFm’s DJ Sabby, MC Merciless from Zimbabwe’s Power FM and DJ Backspin courtesy of GTB.
First phase tickets are on sale at Computicket till September 2 for R200. Second phase tickets will be going for R300. Call 0794622455 or 061 918 1081 for details.
GTB Summer mugarden with Winky D & The Vigilance Band, Gemma Griffiths with a full band and various Dancehall R&B, hip hop djs and ARTISTS. HOST MC MERCILESS Zim Power FM El chapo.
Tickets on computicket R200, discounted group tickets R150 group of 5, students R150, VVIP artist sit drink and wine lounge and corporates R2 500 for more information contact Brian on 0794622455.
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