LOVE or hate him, but dancehall musician Winky D is indeed here to stay.
After making waves with his controversial but infectious lyrics, the Kambuzuma-based artiste has bounced back with a double release — Chatsva and Com 2 Tek Ova — two albums that are set to stamp his authority as the one of the country’s hottest dancehall musicians.
Interestingly, the first of the two releases, Chatsva, is sung in Shona while the other is in English. This makes the double package a mixed bag for everyone. But above all, the two albums are laden with the sizzling lyrics that have become Winky D’s signature. This, of course, is coupled with his unique voice and instrument arrangement.
Various seasoned music producers from Zimbabwe, the United Kingdom and Jamaica infused an international feel into the albums with their Midas touch. These include Mockery, Layan, Jusa, Ekuiknoxx and Not Nice while Jonathan Banda and Bartholomew Vera were the executive producers.
But one welcome and noteworthy development on Winky D’s music is the positive message carried on some of the tracks on the albums. Take the song Education Is the Key carried on the album Com 2 Tek Over. The title of the song is self-explanatory in that it advises youths to cherish education, on which their future hinges.
A similar message is carried in the song Haul and Pull Up, in which people are advised to have a vision for the future if they want to succeed and rise to the top. So is the song Nah Look Back, that advocates for progress, while Nah Know Jah is a befitting signing-out song in which the musician reminds people that God is the answer to everything.
If you fell in love with his previous album Vanhu Vakuru, then Chatsva, the other album, is for you. Outstanding tracks on the album include Zvimoko Zvevanhu, Ndimbandimba and the title track Chatsva.
One cannot help but smile at the humorous lyrics in which he sings: “Hande kuzvimoko asi ndezvevanhu,” which on face value might seem to be harmless only until one is reminded of the harm that might befall those who propose to other people’s lovers.
Ndimbandimba is reminiscent of Winky D’s popular track Vanofamba Vachitaura, in which he attacks his professed foes. “Winky D put the final touches to the albums after his successful tours in the United Kingdom and South Africa.
“The lyrical content and catchy melodies on both albums will continue to inspire all ghetto people to keep their heads above the water and educate and entertain youths,” said his manager, Jonathan Banda. Winky D – whose real name is Wallace Chirimuko – first hit the local music scene some years ago with his unique approach to the dancehall genre.
The type of music was on a downward spiral until his arrival together with a number of other talented artistes such as Sniper, Bandman and King Labash, among others, who are also holding their own in the same area.