After waiting for over a year now, the Zimdancehall fraternity has been officially blessed with two singles from the Ninja President, Winky D.

Madrinks Mucup, one of the tracks went viral a few months ago after Winky D performed the song to a live audience. Just like he did last year with 25, the hype for the song went up. Now you get to listen to the full party song.

The other single released by Di Bigman is a song titled Dzemudanga, while some are referring to it as ‘Padzinotungana.’ The song talks about a relationship between two friends and how they solve their disputes.

You can stream and download Madrinks Mucup and Dzemudanga below.

Another single:

In a post titled Gafa State of Nation Address Winky D promised to release another single next week featuring Beenie Man, “the King of the Dancehall will be releasing the much anticipated, rumor mongered, perceived, narrated without due evidence, collaboration with the great King of the Dancehall,the Doctor Beenie Man on the 6th of November, 2017.” He wrote on his Facebook page.

No Album this year!

Despite hopes from many of having an Xmas bonus in the form of an album from Winky D, the Ninja President in his statement promised to drop the album next year 1 February which will ‘coincide with his birthday.’



The Zimbabwean dancehall Igwe, Winky D has been nominated for an international award. Winky D was nominated for the Best Reggae Dancehall Artist award alongside other African dancehall acts, Shatta Wale, Patoranking, Burnaboy and Bebe Cool.

The annual African Entertainment Awards are hosted in Toronto, Canada to celebrate the African-Canadian Culture.

This years event will be held on the 21st of October.

To vote you simply need to visit the AEAC website: and click on your favorite artist in each category. There are about sixteen sub-categories in the International Category that Winky D and others are nominated in. If you just want to vote for this just scroll to the end.

Other African dancehall artists to note who are also nominated for the awards are Ghanaian Stonebwoy and MzVee.

So what are you waiting for head over and vote, spread the word!

It has become quite the normal these days that whenever an international artist is billed to perform in Zimbabwe alongside the local Dancehall Igwe (King), Winky D, they will be second. “He shows them who is the king,” someone would tell me.

He has done it to various international acts, making the fans regret having paid extra for an international singer when he or she was just going to play second to the Igwe. This time it was Beenie Man‘s turn.

The renowned dancehall veteran ‘failed to deliver’ as expected at an event that was held on 26 August at Alex Sports Club. (Read this story to get more) While Winky D shone as always.

The Gafa hit maker, who performed soon after Jah Prayzah and later handed the microphone to Bennie Man, proved why he is considered the local dancehall Igwe (King) dressed in his ninja inspired red outfit.

He connected well with the audience who could be seen singing and dancing along during his entire set as he engraved his authority as a force to reckon with on the showbiz circuit.

No doubt Winky D has endeared himself well with fans.

This then begs the question, “Why are we headlining these international acts when they are just going to play second to some of our own?”

Of course the immediate answer is they bring the dollars. I am not sure if its the fans or the promoters at fault, but I think we could just market one show every year, where Winky D is the main act, bring in as much resources as they put when marketing these Jamaican acts. Even price it the same!

Most of these artists don’t even put as much effort into their performance as some of our own do. They have a free international act pass (artistic immunity some may say)!

With enough marketing and promotion the dancehall Igwe alone can fill HICC (ko why not?)

Winky D V Beenie Man

With all this said though, the truth of the matter is that we cannot compare Winky D to the likes of Beenie Man on any other stage that is not Zimbabwean, yet. Winky is a great artist and his biggest advantage over these international acts is the turf.

Sometimes just because Dembare fans are making the most noise at Rufaro Stadium doesn’t mean its better than the other team. Now when it comes to Winky D, his international profile is still low than that of these legends. Winky D is like Sadza every Zimbabwean knows it and its hard to imagine that some people don’t even know what that is. Its so popular here but exotic and uncommon in some places.

He has won over the locals, but are you sure if we put him in Tanzania the people will scream like Zimbos do? I know, you know somebody in Tanzania who loves Winky, but I am talking about a full large hall with no Zimbos?

This is when you realize our artists still have work to do. Facts still dictate that by any standard, except Saturday night’s performance, Beenie Man is still legend to Winky D.

Please note, this is an opinion piece, views represent those of the author and not necessarily DanceHallAfrika. Send in your articles to [email protected] 

The new video by Winky D and Buffalo Souljah for Rugare is out, you can check it out below, but if you are the reserved kind I urge you to watch it at your own risk.
Seriously not trying to undermine a great deal of effort by our own artists, I think this is a great video and it shows the new direction our artists are taking to conquer not just Zimbabwe.
However, ladies and gentleman the question here is, ‘is it too much for ZBC?‘ If you have watched the video you would know why I am asking this, if you havent, let me describe it to you the way somebody did to me, ‘too much lingerie and skin!’
Now given the way Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) is reserved, or generally how the population that watches it is considered reserved (its a national TV, so its expected I guess), are they going to air such a video. It has been playing on Trace Africa for almost two weeks now, but ZBC is yet to give us a taste as of now and I bet requests are already pouring in.
In the past we have seen programs like Coke on the Beat trying to play videos like Bicycle Ride remix by Vybz Kartel ft Bunji Garlin and cutting off scenes that have too much nudity, let us see how this one is going to play out, the ball is to you ZBC!

AFTER going around with a begging bowl with a movement, #HifaMustHappen, the Harare Festival of the Arts (Hifa) has finally garnered enough money and resources and the show is going on.

The acclaimed festival roars into life today and will end on Sunday. It is being held under the theme: “Staging an intervention.”

Last year, organisers said the harsh economic climate had seen them shelving the festival, but this year, they decided to make it happen. Numerous local banks as well as well wishers came to the rescue.

A programme of events was released last week and the event will be headlined by Oliver Mtukudzi and Winky D among other locals and international artistes.

The weeklong fete will dish out the very best in music, visual art, comedy, new technology and craft.

Bulawayo artistes are however sad that they had not been included at this year’s festival. Artistes who have graced the Hifa stage include Djembe Monks, Clive Chigubhu, Siyaya Arts and Raisedon Baya who has had several of his plays showcased there.

“I know a lot including me that applied to be part of Hifa. However, the organisers didn’t say anything with regards to whether or not we’ll perform.

“We only got to know of our response when we saw the programme, where our names and groups were absent,” said Nkululeko Nkala, popularly known as Khuliyo.

“Festivals don’t give feed back as to why your act isn’t on the programme. We just have to try again next year.”

The major highlight at Hifa today is the Davis Guzha play Lamentations. CABS Day takes over tomorrow where Canadian comic Dana Alexander will be one of the features of the day with acoustic lovers set to be serenaded by South Africa’s Derek Gripper. On Thursday during the NMB Bank day, jazz vocalist from Italy Amanda e laBanda and Friends performs with a stellar group of Zimbabwean and Italian musicians.

On Friday during the ZB Financial Holdings Day, Tuku, Winky D and friends will serenade attendees. Doc Vikela holds his one man show on Saturday during the Steward Bank Day with a local play Finding Temeraire also showcasing at the Reps Theatre.


Source: Chronicle

The always energetic performances from Winky D brought the spark again in the UK city of Leicester. Even though the event was marred with flaws from poor security to unreliable sound system, this did not stop the Ninja Prezident from delivering his best.

One of many’s favorites moment at the SAMA Festival night was when the Grandpa of Zimbabwean Music Oliver ‘Tuku’ Mtukudzi joined the Dancehall Igwe on stage. The fans went wild and almost everyone was singing along to their hit Panorwadza Moyo which was released end of last year.

Watch the performance below or click here.


The much hyped UK tour by Zimbabwean dancehall artist Winky D alongside Oliver ‘Tuku’ Mtukudzi, Jah Prayzah and Fungisai, dubbed the SAMA Festival, ended with a lot of emotions in the air!

The event organisers Y2K have received a lot of complaints for not managing to organize the event professionally as some people who had paid for tickets failed to make it inside the venue. Violence and stampede erupted as people tried to make their way into the venue. Others even managed to enter for free as there was no security at the gates.

According to ZimEye, used condoms were discovered by the promoters, Y2K Promotions, after the show ended. While some were jiggling and wiggling to the sounds of Winky D and Tuku some were busy doing their own business.


The lack of organization that rocked the event helped the people to sneak out and do whatever they did and throw away the condoms without getting caught. According to the source, “men were seen smoking in the toilets and even women were sharing the same toilet as men.”

However, pouring in were positive reviews for Winky D who managed to rock the event leaving his Leicester fans asking for more!

The only part of any list we care about, is the dancehall part and the freshly released NAMA nominees list is no exception.

More like last year (link for ZIMA) two artist are representing us this year which are Kelvin Kusikwenyu aka Killer T with one nomination for Outstanding Song (Takangodaro) and Wallace Chirimuko aka Winky D with two nominations for Outstanding Male and Album (Gafa Futi).

As suspected Winky D is head to head with Jah Prayzah for his two nominations although Jah is leading with three nominations also facing Killer T for Outstanding Song (Mudhara Vachauya).

Empress Fungie (Fungisai Zvakavapano Mashavave) is also on the list, but we are not sure if she is officially Zimdancehall yet.

It would be interesting to see if the two Zimdancehall artists manage to stop Jah Prayzah from scooping all the nominations at the Award show set for February 18 at 7 Arts in Avondale, Harare.


Outstanding Actor
Fortune Ruzungunde in Untikolotshi
Mehluli Dube in Warrior
Everson Ndlovu in Liberation
Outstanding Actress
Rumbidzai Karize in Liberation
Tsitsi Gumbo in Untikolotshi
Farirai Mukumba in The Graduate
Outstanding Theatrical Production
Untikolotshi by Theatre for Everyone
Liberation by Savanna Trust
Warrior by Umkhathi Theatre Works
Special Mention
The Dream by Chaplin High School Drama Club
Outstanding Director
Charles Munganasa for The Graduate
Styx Mhlanga for Untikolotshi
Matesu Dube for Warrior
Outstanding Poet
Tinashe Tafirenyika
Lerato Ndlovu aka    Nqindi
Desire Moyo
Outstanding Comedian
Ntandoyenkosi Moyo aka Ntando Van Moyo
Samantha Kureya aka   Gonyeti
Nqobizitha Dube aka Q Dube
Outstanding First Creative Published Works
Tears and Scars by Penjeni Madzikangava [Harp Bookz International]
Behind the Wall Everywhere by Farai Mungoshi [Mungoshi Press]
Misodzi Yerombe by Kelvin Mangwende [Pen Featherz Media]
Special Mention
Vicious Circle by Stephen Mutsago
Outstanding Children’s Book
My Son by Albert Nyathi & Ignatius Mabasa [Imbongi Arts]
A Magical Adventure in Chewore by Chellie Conlon
The Unwelcome Visitor by Farai Nyandoro      [Jomo Kenyatta Foundation]
Outstanding Fiction
Judas Files by Robert Mukondiwa [Publish Nation]
The Latter Rain by Phillip K. Chidavaenzi [New Heritage Press]
Whose Land is it Anyway by Benjamin S. Sibanda
Special Mention
Mars His Sword by  Philani A. Nyoni
Outstanding 2 Dimensional Work
Gumbeze Renherera by Anthony Bumhira
Eyes on Tobacco by Webster Mubayirenyi
Special Mention
Together Enjoying by Resta Chikomo
Outstanding 3 Dimensional Work
Happy Times by Rufaro Murenza
Welcome Kiss by Andamiyo Chihota
Washing Hair by Edson Kangadza
Outstanding Mix Media Work
Mhodzi Dzemusango by Semina Mpofu
Burning Three Witches by Voti Thebe
Father’s Bull by Victor Nyakauru
Outstanding Exhibition
Eye Report by Percy Manyonga at Village Unhu
Woman by  Miriro Mwandiyambira   at First Floor Gallery
It is Without by Helen Teede at First Floor Gallery
Outstanding Female Dancer
Ndomupeishe Chipendo in Namaste
Christina Jenkins in Ghost
Chaleen Chimara in Power of Love
Outstanding Male Dancer
Stephanie Thomas in Phantom
John Cole in Dancing with John
Peter Lenso in Mukati
Outstanding Dance Group
Ezimnyama Dance Ensemble
Breakthrough Productions
Kinkini Dance Company
Special Mention
St. Peters Tokoyo School – Antalia Expo in Turkey
Outstanding Choreographer
Peter Lenso      –   Internal Vibrations
Ketan Nagar     –   Rengeela Power of Dance
Timikha Fisher  –  Listen
Outstanding Actress
Jesesi Mungoshi in Muzita Rababa
Charlene Mangweni in Conflicts
Donna Ncube in Insuku Zokucina
Outstanding Actor
Ishmael Muvingi in Insuku Zokucina
Anthony Tongani in Conflicts
Admire Kuzhangaira in Muchaneta
Outstanding Music Video
MaObama by Walter Chawota ft. Takura Shonhai
Mari Yangu by Nico Abote   ft. Eve Kawadza
Zino Irema (Ndirikukuwonai Zvangu) by Andy ‘Cutta’ Sobhuza ft. Takura
Outstanding Screen Production (TV)
Simba Savannah directed by Tommy Deuschle
The Arthur C Evans Show directed by Trey Ncube
Tiriparwendo directed by Aaron Chiundura Moyo
Outstanding Screen Production – Short Film
All We Need directed by Mhle Nzima
Seiko directed by Sydney Taivavashe
The Way It Is directed by Daniel Lasker
Outstanding Screen Production – Full Length Film
Muzita rababa directed by Nick Zemura
Mwanasikana 2 directed by Beauty Nakai Tsuro
Escape directed by Joe Njagu (and Agnieszka Piotrowska)
Outstanding Journalist – Print
Vasco Chaya                –           Daily News
Tinashe Muchuri            –          News Day
Sindiso Dube                –           News Day
Outstanding Journalist – Radio
Tawanda Gudhlanga     –           SFM
Nyaradzo Makombe      –           Star FM
Chila Mutimbanepasi    –           ZiFM
Outstanding Journalist – TV
Jesina Kuwana            –       ZBC
Andrew Neshamba       –       ZBC
Nkosana Vuma            –        ZBC
Outstanding Online Media
Fokus Magazine
Onvi TV
Outstanding Female Musician
Ammara Brown
Thamsanqa Moyo   aka  Tamy
Fungisai Zvakavapano Mashavave
Outstanding Male Musician
Wallace Chirimuko aka     Winky D
Takura Shonai
Mukudzei Mukombe aka Jah Prayzah
Outstanding Album
Gafa Futi by Wallace Chirimuko aka Winky D
Huya Uone Zvaakuitika by Fungisai Zvakavapano Mashavave
Mdhara Vachauya by Mukudzei Mukombe aka Jah Prayzah
Outstanding Song
Takangodaro by Kelvin Kusikwenyu aka Killer T
Mukoko by Tytan ft Ammara Brown
Mdhara Vachauya by Mukudzei Mukombe aka Jah Prayzah
Outstanding Promoter
Xtratime Entertainment
2 Kings Entertainment
Divine Assignments