“However, internet fame sometimes is misleading and overrated especially when making reference to Zimdancehall. The major fan base of Zimdancehall lies within the streets of the ghettos”, Writes Argus Mepo
The 2nd edition of the ZimDancehall Summit which took place on the 30th of July 2020 was a huge success. A cocktail of debate, ideas and sought to proffer solutions for the growth of Zimbabwe’s Reggae and Dancehall music industry. Here are some key points raised.
Let it go on record that no other cultural movement has been both definitive and reflective of 21st century urban Zimbabwean life than mangoma. Since earnest inception in the mid 2000s, it has been defiant, irreverent, passionate, and philosophical.Indeed, I would argue that even the unsavory elements within the genre that rouse the scorn of many a lay pundit are worth their place within our societal discourse, as they often hold up an ugly mirror on society. Here are ten poignant life lessons and affirmations the genre has offered up in its short existence.
hey are connected to other Warriors in other towns and cities and other Road Warriors (vanoisira vanhu music mumaPhone) who then export the music further afield. They have the goodwill of promoters, music producers, artists managers, and artists. They don’t only push the songs but videos, news, and help promote shows. They have their own value chain deep-rooted in piracy, affiliation and proximity to musicians which gives them powerful street cred.
Let’s not hit the dog whilst hiding the knobkerrie here: the response to Enzo Ishall’s latest video, Highest Score, has been underwhelming. Staggeringly so. How underwhelming?
The recent accident at Kinnah Birthday Bash raises a red flag on an area that the Zimbabwean showbiz scene has taken for granted for years. Safety and security of artists, crew and audience at venues remain a matter decided by fate. Promoters are more concerned with making money at any cost even when the lives of both those performing and in attendance are exposed to great risk.
Zimbabwean dancehall superstar Winky D who recently escaped a vigilante attack in Kwekwe as he made his way to the stage has finally broken his silence. “We were also offered an escort of 21 bouncers, 15 police men with dogs and 10 military personnel.”
Enzo Ishall owns 2018. The dancehall star who had several hits this year that also made it into the Top 50 outwitted most seasoned artists to claim the pole position with th hit Kanjiva produced by Level and Dj Tamuka on the Avion (TamuLevel)Riddim.
She burst on to the fiercely contested Zimdancehall scene as the bad girl clad in a face mask. Unstoppable and dropping militant jams the 21 year old Bindura girl never gave away her real identity for two years and the mystery continued not until today. As she drops […]
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 known as Zimdancehall. He bounces back in a duet with Dizzy Dee.