Winky D

Winky D
Winky D at the Africa Unplugged concert, Wembley Arena 2012, in London
Winky D at the Africa Unplugged concert, Wembley Arena 2012, in London
Background information
Birth nameWallace Chirumiko
Born (1983-02-01) 1 February 1983 (age 39)
OriginKambuzuma, Harare, Zimbabwe
GenresDancehall, Reggae, Zimdancehall
Occupation(s)Musician
Years active2004–present
LabelsBlack Lab Records, Vigilance Music, Independent (current)
Websitehttp://www.winkydonline.com

Winky D (born 1 February 1983), born Wallace Chirumiko is a Zimbabwean reggae-dancehall artist, known popularly as "The Big Man" (stylized as "Di Bigman"), and also known as Dancehall Igwe, Gaffa, Ninja President, Proffessor, Extraterrestrial (stylized as ChiExtra) etc. He is often considered the Zimdancehall pioneer and one of the most accomplished modern Zimbabwean music artists.[1][2] He was born in Kambuzuma,a high density suburb in Zimbabwe's capital, Harare. He was also a presenter for the Rockers Vibes programme that was an all reggae programme, together with Trevor Hall.

Winky D was among the artists featured in the Southern Africa Music Airwaves (SAMA) Festival 2009.[3][4]

Early life

Winky D was born in Kambuzuma, Harare, Zimbabwe. He liked music at an early stage and he started listening to reggae music at the age of eight. He would spend time searching for and collecting audio tapes and records so that he could listen to reggae music. Winky D has a brother named Trevor Chirumiko, who is known as Layan. Layan is also a music producer, singer and a presenter.[5]

Wallace Chirumiko attended primary and secondary school in Harare. He learnt at Rukudzo Primary School and later on at Kambuzuma High School.

When he was a teenager, Winky D started performing at small functions and concerts. When he was 16, he performed at Getto Lane Clashes, which were DJ battles for identifying the talented, and Winky was spotted. After some time he was nicknamed 'Wicked DeeJay', which was shortened to Winky D. He was given that nickname because of his music message, which was powerful. His lyrics were explicit, raving about violence and immoralities. However, from 2013, he started singing gospel and also encouraging youths to stop taking drugs.[5]

Music career

With the help of Bartholomew Vera of Blacklab Studios, Winky D went into the recording studio. His first songs, like "Rasta" and "Dead Inna War", coupled with his ingenious stage performances, set the dance floors busy. He has since released eleven albums with many chart hits which have gained him fans across the world, evidenced by successful tours in United Kingdom, US, Asia and South Africa. Winky D has become the new icon for Zimbabwean and African urban/reggae music with nicknames like "King of Dancehall", "Gombwe" "Gafa (Gaffer)", Extraterrestrial, "The BigMan", "Messi wereggae", and "Truthsayer", being attached to him in the ghettos.[6]

In a bid to persuade the Zimbabwean male population to get circumcised,[7] Population Services International and the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare initiated a Winky D and Albert Nyoni (Vanyoni Beats) entitled "If you know you are a champion get circumcised". The song was launched in Harare on 19 January 2012.[8]

In December 2010, Winky D, alongside Guspy Warrior and Terry Fabulous from Chimurenga Drive in Zengeza, were scheduled to perform with Capleton on New Year's Eve. However, after failing to reach common ground, the "Musarova bigman" star withdrew and cancelled all his scheduled performances from Capleton's Zimbabwean tour.[9]

Winky D failed to perform at President Robert Mugabe's inauguration gala held in August 2013 at the National Sports Stadium, following contrasting statements about the musician's whereabouts during the event.[10]

In 2011, Winky D made his debut at the Monash Beer Fest Carnival in Johannesburg, South Africa performing alongside Black Coffee, Cabo Snoop, Dj Betto, Dj Leks, TshepNOZ and Sipho, Dj Luo, and Kay Mack.[11]

Feuds

Winky D had 'beefs' with then popular dancehall artists such as Madcom and Dadza D. They battled back and forth lyrically, from which he emerged as a victor en route to become the most popular Zim-dancehall act.

Winky D, alongside The General and Sniper Storm, were scheduled to perform as opening acts for Mavado.[12] Winky D performed first and kept Mavado and Sniper Storm waiting backstage. Efforts were made by the organizing people of the show to get the "Bigman" off stage and make way for a ten-minute Sniper Storm performance, but to no avail. Sniper Storm then took matters into his own hands and snatched the mic from Winky D. Sniper's actions caused a rage as the crowd threw things onto the stage. This also caused heated debates all over the internet and street corners across Zimbabwe, as various musicians and entertainers reacted.[13]

Winky D has seen more artist throw shots at him to gain popularity from him, which he has since ignored. The most popular of these is Seh Calaz, who has had considerable and noteworthy attention for his disses towards the ninja president, to which he has also not replied but only called for peace among the zim-dancehall artists through his songs (Mafeelings, tiki taka, sungura like and PaGhetto which he mentions Seh Calaz) and interviews.[14]

Gombwe album launch and birthday bash

Having been over the years launching his album through low key events. The line up on the day included Buffalo Souljah, Killer T, Jah Signal, Vabati VaJehova and others. However, it was Winky D who took limelight and dished his extraterrestrial-gombwe magic on the fans who sang along and danced throughout the early hours of the morning. Another highlight, was socialite and businessman Genius Kadungure bid for the first copy of the album for $20,000, but he was forced to revise the initial amount after flamboyant Albert Ndabambi ‘outshined’ him, by bidding the CD for $30,000. Ginimbi, as he was affectionately known in the world of socialites, dug deeper into his pockets forking another $20,000 to make it $40,000. In total, Team Winky D walked away with $70,000 for his initial copy of Gombwe: Chiextra. Oskid produced 13 out of the 14 tracks on the album with the exception of "My Woman" (feat. Beenie Man) which was produced by Nicky. The launch made history as the most attended launch and most expensive album in the country. The album itself, the performance on the night and launch proved Winky D is the best artist in Zimbabwe.[15][16][17]

Partial discography

War

  1. "War"
  2. "Head Ina War"
  3. "Nuh Talk"
  4. "Take a Run"
  5. "Where you come from"
  6. Igo Figo[18]

The Devotee

  1. "Babylon"
  2. "Battle for the future"
  3. "Dem No Wrong"
  4. "The Ghetto"
  5. "The Night"
  6. "Down Ina The Ghetto"
  7. "For the benjamins"
  8. "Girl dem plenty"
  9. "Ghetto sufferation"
  10. "Ina the dark"
  11. "Make up your mind"
  12. "No life in bed"
  13. "Nuh like it"
  14. "The way you feel"
  15. "Thiefing pastor"
  16. "Will you"
  17. "Green Lyk Mi Garden"
  18. "Messi wereggae"[19]

Igofigo – The Unthinkable

  1. Controversy
  2. Baby Mama (feat Shayma)
  3. Isu (feat King Shaddy)
  4. Musarova BigMan
  5. She Woulda Go (feat Layaan & Ngonizee)
  6. Snepi
  7. Tinokurura
  8. Vaudze (feat Stunner)
  9. Buss di Shot (feat Guspy Warrior)
  10. Born Champion[20]

PaKitchen

  1. Pakitchen
  2. Taitirana (feat. Ninja Lipsy)
  3. Mabhazuka
  4. Type Yezvimoko
  5. Mukadzi Anogeza
  6. Bongozozo
  7. Refuri Parudo
  8. First Sight
  9. Ndini Ndakatanga
  10. Facebook
  11. Gezera
  12. Gerai Ndebvu
  13. Ninja Saturday
  14. Musandisunge officer[21][22]

Life Yangu

  1. Life Yangu
  2. Mamukasei
  3. Ninja Summer
  4. Tatovhaya
  5. Mumba maBaba
  6. View Mirror
  7. Munhu weNyama (ft Freeman)
  8. Compass yemaNgoma
  9. Vashakabvu
  10. WhatsApp
  11. Made in China
  12. Ndinewe
  13. Big Spender
  14. Bhuru Dzvuku
  15. Hubenzi[23]

Gafa Life Kickstape

  1. Disappear
  2. Not Nice produced in association with V.Mberengwa
  3. Mirror
  4. Survivor (feat. Shinsoman)
  5. Holiday (feat. Guspy Warrior)
  6. Ngoma Futi
  7. Idya Mari
  8. Woshora
  9. Copyrights
  10. Gafa Life[24]

Gafa Futi

  1. Happiest Man
  2. 25 'Twenty Five' produced in association with V.Mberengwa
  3. Bhebi RaMwari
  4. Bob Marley Funeral
  5. Daddy
  6. Extraterrestrial
  7. Gafa Party (Toi-Toi)
  8. Hooray
  9. Karma
  10. Mwendamberi
  11. Photo Life
  12. Panorwadza Moyo (feat. Oliver Mtukudzi)[25]

Gombwe: Chiextra

  1. Gombwe
  2. City Life
  3. Finhu Finhu produced in association with Vincent Mberengwa
  4. Highway Code
  5. Simba
  6. Number One (feat. Haig Park Primary)
  7. Ngirozi (feat. Vabati VaJehova)
  8. Onaiwo
  9. MaRobots
  10. Bho Yangu
  11. I'm Hot
  12. Dona
  13. Hatiperekedzane produced in association with Vincent Mberengwa
  14. My Woman (feat. Beenie Man)[26]

Njema

  1. Amai
  2. Chandelier produced in association with Vincent Mberengwa
  3. Sekai
  4. Chitekete produced in association with Vincent Mberengwa
  5. Siya So
  6. Ijipita
  7. Njema njema
  8. Ndidye Mari ft Buffalo Soljah
  9. Naye produced in association with Vincent Mberengwa
  10. Bhatiri produced in association with Vincent Mberengwa
  11. Murombo
  12. Area 51 produced in association with Vincent Mberengwa
  13. Mangerengere[27]

Awards

  • Best album Igofigo and People’s Choice Award - National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA) 2010
  • Best Live Performer Award - Zimdancehall Awards 2015
  • People's Choice Award - National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA) 2020[28]
  • Winky D won "Best Dancehall Artist" at the 2020 African Entertainment Awards USA.[29]
  • Best African Dancehall Entertainer at the International Reggae and World Music Awards.[30]
  • Best Album 2020 'Njema' - Zimdancehall Awards[31]

See also

References

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