Winky D

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Winky D
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Winky D at the Africa Unplugged concert, Wembley Arena 2012, in London
Background information
Birth name Wallace Chirumiko
Born (1983-02-01) 1 February 1983 (age 35)
Origin Kambuzuma, Harare, Zimbabwe
Genres Dancehall
Occupation(s) Musician, recording artist
Years active 2004–present
Labels Black Lab Records, Vigilance Music, Independent (current)
Website http://www.winkydonline.com

Winky D (born Wallace Chirumiko in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, 1 February 1983) is a Zimbabwean reggae-dancehall artist, known popularly as "The Big Man" (stylized as "Di Bigman"), and also known as Dancehall Igwe.[1][2] He was born in Mpopoma, Bulawayo in South West Zimbabwe.

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

Music career[edit]

With the help of Dj Betto Kwekwe of Mbizo Creepers Records, Winky D went into the recording studio. His first songs, like "Rasta" and "Head Inna War", coupled with his ingenious stage performances, set the dance floors very busy. He has since released five albums with many chart hits which have gained him fans across the world, evidenced by successful tours in United Kingdom and South Africa. Winky D has become the new icon for Zimbabwean urban/reggae music with nicknames like "King of Dancehall", "The BigMan", "Messi wereggae", and "Truthsayer" being attached to him in the ghettos.[5]

In a bid to persuade the Zimbabwean male population to get circumcised,[6] 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.[7]

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 failure to reach common ground, the "Musarova bigman" star withdrew and cancelled all his scheduled performance from Capleton's Zimbabwean tour.[8]

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.[9]

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.[10]

Feuds[edit]

Winky D had 'beefs' with then popular dancehall artists such as Madcom and Daddy 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.[11] 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.[12]

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. [13]

Gombwe album launch and birthday bash[edit]

Having been over the years launching his album through low key events, the Gombwe Album took a different style to what the fans were used to. Winky D and team after extensive consultations with various stakeholders decided to launch the album with the fans. The announcement came that the Gombwe Chiextra Album and Birthday Bash were going to happen on the 2nd of February 2018 at the Harare International Conference Centre (HICC) organised by 2 Kings Entertainment. “The strongest part of the album is the lyrics and that is why we said let us do it differently this year because we have been launching albums, but they were not of such magnitude,” Winky D said. Details on the contents of the album were held close to the chest until launch day, owing to the secretive nature of the artiste, he promised that it will be historic, as he dishes out “the new order”. On that day, the Gafa tamed the HICC, with over 6000+ in attendance and others being turned away due capacity constraints. 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 the first copy of the Album for $20000 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 is 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 $70000 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. All in all 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.

[14] [15] [16]

Partial discography[edit]

War[edit]

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

[17]

The Devotee[edit]

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

[18]

Igofigo – The Unthinkable[edit]

  1. Controverse
  2. Baby Mama (feat Shayma)
  3. Isusu (feat King Shaddy)
  4. Musarova BigMan
  5. She Woulda Go (feat Lyaan & Ngonizee)
  6. Snepi
  7. Tinokurura
  8. Vaudza (feat Stunner)
  9. Buss di Shot (feat Guspy Warrior)
  10. Born Champion

[19]

PaKitchen[edit]

  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

[20][21]

Life Yangu[edit]

  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

[22]

Gafa Life Kickstape[edit]

  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

[23]

Gafa Futi[edit]

  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)

[24]

Gombwe: Chiextra[edit]

  1. Gombwe
  2. City Life
  3. Finhu Finhu
  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
  14. My Woman (feat. Beenie Man)

[25]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Manzvanzvike, Tendai Hildegarde (21 September 2009). "Zimbabwe: Winky D - Tone Down Violent Lyrics" – via AllAfrica. 
  2. ^ http://www.winkyd.co.zw/
  3. ^ "Thomas Mapfumo to perform in UK". 15 July 2009. Archived from the original on 15 July 2009. 
  4. ^ "SAMA festival set for the UK". 21 August 2009. Archived from the original on 21 August 2009. 
  5. ^ "Winky D DiBigman". Facebook. Retrieved 2017-02-10. 
  6. ^ "ZIM embarks on pilot Male Circumcision exercise" (PDF). 
  7. ^ "VaNyoni's phone call to Winky D, "Bigiman Pindai Norton!"". 
  8. ^ "Winky D withdraws from the Capleton Zim Tour". Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  9. ^ "Winky D in no-show dilemma". 
  10. ^ "Winky D to make his MTVBase debut at the Beer Fest Invasion!". Greedysouth, Zimbabwe Online Magazine for Music, Fashion, Design, Art and Culture. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  11. ^ "Finally Mavado to Perform in Zimbabwe, Charges Reduced". Archived from the original on 15 February 2012. 
  12. ^ "Both Sides to the Winky Vs Sniper Storm story: Who is bigger? + Some exclusive footage of what really happened that one Friday night. Inside]". Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  13. ^ "Winky D discusses Dancehall Beef, Royalty and Igo Figo – the new mixtape – Greedysouth – Zimbabwe Online Magazine for Music, Fashion, Design, Culture and The Arts". greedysouth.co.zw. 
  14. ^ https://www.herald.co.zw/winky-d-unleashes-gombwe-in-style/
  15. ^ https://www.dailynews.co.zw/articles/2018/02/07/6-000-people-at-winky-d-album-launch
  16. ^ https://www.newsday.co.zw/2018/02/gombwe-winky-ds-crucial-moment/
  17. ^ "BlackLab Records – Catalogue". 3 February 2007. Archived from the original on 3 February 2007. 
  18. ^ "BlackLab Records - Zimbabwe's Hottest Reggae, Dancehall, Urban Music Record Label". www.blacklabrecords.com. 
  19. ^ http://winkydonline.com/discography/igofigo/
  20. ^ "iTunes - Music - Pakitchen by Winky D". iTunes. 
  21. ^ "Download Pakitchen by Winky D - eMusic". emusic.com. 
  22. ^ http://winkydonline.com/discography/life-yangu/
  23. ^ "iTunes - Music - Gafa life by Winky D". iTunes. 
  24. ^ "iTunes - Music - Gafa Futi by Winky D". iTunes. 
  25. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/gombwe-chiextra/1346229006

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