At one time there was no debate on who the best Dancehall chanter and lyricist in Zimbabwe was. Highfield´s Ephraim Mushore affectionately known as Major E was the undisputed champion. He set the foundation for what was later to be called Zimdancehall. He bounces back with a bang in a duet with Dizzy Dee.
By Plot Mhako
The Lyrical Editor who at one time assumed the title Mr Undertaker as he literary buried every MC at any mic contest went on to varnish from the showbiz in 2006 after relocating to the UK.
The recent release is testimony that the magic and the crown never left him.
In shona there is a proverb which says, “Mukuru mukuru Hanga haigare pfunde”
Teaming up with fellow Zimbabwean but Australia based singer Dizzy Dee to ride the title track to the Elders Riddim produced by Man of Mount Zion Records, the two delivered a masterpiece. The song is one of the best and most talked about tracks on the riddim which features other yesteryear musical greats such as Sniper Storm, Booker T, Decibel, Winky D and a crop of new artists such as She Calaz and Nutty O.
Earground caught up with the living legend to get more on this and what he is up to.
“Its exciting times, happy for the fans who have always stayed loyal now they have new vibes that they have been waiting for. The feedback is every encouraging”, said an ecstatic Major E.
He open up on what he has been up to lately saying, “I have always been working on music, I have done quite a few projects in the last few years with the likes of NC Dread, Shatta Wale, Decibel, Booker T & Eyahra just to mention. Owing to studies I haven’t had that much time to work on music.”
The holder of a Degree in Journalism from Middlesex University has also completed Teacher Training at University of Greenwich in UK.
It was the first time that Major E and Dizzy have worked on a project together but they incredibly jelled in a way reminiscent of the days of Tanto Metro and Devonte. “It just felt right this time & I am very pleased with the outcome such that we are already working on new tracks to be released in the not too distant future”, added Major E.
Who is Dizzy Dee ? The vocalist and sound engineer was born and raised in Triangle, Zimbabwe but now based in Australia where he continues to work on various music projects.
He has played a major role in bringing up music from the Lowveld to the forefront. The the likes of Kuligan & Kalabash, Decibel and Bkay & Kazz being some of the artists from the region.
In 2008 he joined ABRA Records, led by fellow Zimbabwean producer Tawanda Sibotshiwe. ABRA has produced songs for Jamaican artists including Red Rat, Ward 21, Beenie Man, Charly Black and Major Lazer.
Dizzy Dee has collaborated with a number of international artists, and has opened for Sean Paul, Richie Spice, Jah Mason, Brick & lace, Stonebwoy and has shared the stage as a headliner with Etana. In 2016 Dizzy Dee signed a distribution deal with VPAL Music (of VP Records), he joins StoneBwoy and Patoranking as one of the few African born reggae artists signed to the label.