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The Resilience of ZIMDANCEHALL: Challenging the Notion of Its Death!

Made by Kuda (MADE IN ZWE), a gift to Plot Mhako and the earGROUND vision.

The Resilience of ZIMDANCEHALL: Challenging the Notion of Its Death!

The claim that ZIM DANCEHALL is dead remains a very contentious one! The recent surge in popularity of Silent Killer’s tunes released years ago raises questions if ZIMDANCEHALL had met its end. The genre despite not being at its peak still pulls the biggest numbers at live shows. More than a decade on, artists like Silent Killer and others within the industry attest to its resilience and enduring popularity.

by Timothy Kuhamba

Silent Killer himself has addressed this issue, emphasizing that “Vanhu vari ku refura slag”. According to him, ZIMDANCEHALL is far from dead; it is here to stay. It is essential to acknowledge and credit the hard work of artists, DJs, and promoters who have tirelessly kept the momentum of dancehall alive.

Nutty O and Winky D are featured on Bob Marley’s newest version of ‘So Much Trouble In The World’ from the Africa Unite 2023 Album, marking another significant milestone within the Zim dancehall scene. Prosper Fi Real has also released some impressive dancehall songs. Perhaps people will only appreciate the music when it becomes trendy. This raises the question: why do some people believe that ZIMDANCEHALL is dead? Is it because artists are not keeping up with the technological trends?

The recently held City Sport event exceeded expectations, attracting a large crowd of enthusiastic dancehall fans. Witnessing such a vibrant gathering and captivating performances, one can’t help but question the notion that dancehall is dead. Podga’s victory in the cup championship added to the excitement of the night, showcasing the talent and skill within the dancehall community. The emergence of new faces in the dancehall arena is refreshing and brings a sense of anticipation. However, it raises the question of whether people are genuinely receptive to new voices and willing to embrace fresh talent. The dedication and hard work exhibited by these young artists from the ghetto is truly commendable. Their journey is not an easy one, and when their music starts to trend, it serves as a testament to the immense effort they have invested in their craft.

For those who grew up in the ghetto, the thriving of ZIM DANCEHALL is crucial.

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It serves as a voice for our struggles and even generates employment opportunities within our communities. Dismissing the genre prematurely would have negative consequences, potentially contributing to an increase in criminal activities in the ghetto.

The ZimDancehall industry’s lively spirit and relevance persist, and it is our shared duty to foster its growth and enduring presence. By recognizing the dedication of those involved and embracing the genre’s cultural significance, we can challenge the idea of ZIMDANCEHALL’s death. It is here to stay, as we say in Shona, “Mangoma I hobho.” Let’s keep the music alive, everyone!

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