It’s was a DOUBLE WIN for ZIMBABWE at the International Reggae and World Music Awards IRWMA 2021. Dancehall superstar Winky D won the Best African Dancehall Entertainer and vaChikepe the Poet won the Mutabaruka Best Spoken Word Entertainer award.
By Plot Mhako
The International Reggae & World Music Awards (IRAWMA) were established in 1982 as a platform to acknowledge and honor the accomplishments and contributions of Reggae and world music artists, including. : songwriters, performers, promoters and musicians.
This year the awards were headlined by performances from Ziggy Marley, Gramps Morgan ,Beenie Man, D’Angel , Master KG with Nomcebo Zikode, Shatta Wale, Papa Michigan, Flourgan, Dynamiq Int’l, Ras Takaru, D’Yani.
Winky D through his official Facebook account expressed his joy and gratitude towards his fans and everyone who has supported him since the beginning and paid homage to his late drummer Delroy Maripakwenda in a statement that read;
Your votes have counted!!This accolade will not push me onto an ego trip, far from it: It makes me realize that l should always appreciate the simple details of life. There is no act without an audience, as such l am forever indebted to all the Gafas and Gafaresses who sacrifice their time and hard earned money to attend my shows. For me, it’s a compromised act without good instrumentalists, so allow me to take time to big up the Vigital band, and more importantly honor the late uniquely talented ‘Scara the Drummer’. Hearty appreciation also goes to those who believed in my music from day when l started preaching the ordeal of the ghetto youths when it was still unfashionable to talk reality. I will admit the love we exchanged during live shows, l also can’t wait for a return to normalcyWinky D
Many Zimbabweans from the world over took turns to send their congratulatory message to the artists.