Lady Squanda on fire

HARARE - Female dancehall sensation Lady Squanda is finally receiving due credit for her work as her song Rudo is receiving generous airplay on local radio.

Lady Squanda, real name Sandra Gazi, has become a force to reckon with in the dancehall industry, even sending other male counterparts scurrying.

Rudo is on the album The Queen Unleashed.

Her last high-profile performance at the Agent Sasco gig that took place two months ago showed that the petite singer meant business.

She had a tune for tune with male dancehall singer, Badman where she humiliated and outclassed him. She also gave him female undergarments as a “present”.

About the present she had this to say: “I challenged Badman because I was aware that I can bury him musically. The panty symbolises womanhood, so I was telling him that he is not a man in terms of music but a little girl.”

Not one to mince her words, she went ahead to release a single titled Wapera Basa which fans say was directed at Badman, dismissing him as a nonentity.

Speaking through her manager Hillary “Punchline” Mutate, she said she is impressed by the new radio stations’ attitude.

“Our music has been receiving favourable airplay and it is good for us. Before the new stations were launched it was really difficult to get many of your songs played on radio,” she said.

On the Badman “beef” Lady Squanda clarified the issue saying she had no problems with him.

“I think the problem occurred when Clint Robinson announced the tune for tune. People took it the wrong way, they thought it was a clash but it was not like that.

“Even Badman took it the wrong way. In fact he started the war on Facebook when he was complaining about why Clint made him perform with a girl. I thought this was unfair as we are both artistes and what happened on stage was purely entertainment for me. If he took it the wrong way then it was him but it was all about entertaining people,” she said.

Mutate, on the other hand, has applauded new radio stations that have come on board saying ZBC was neglecting them.

“Zim dancehall was being looked down upon by people. In fact people thought that it was all about Winky Dee, yet there are many players in the industry. The way Joina City by Freeman got popular is a testimony. We went to ZBC and I think they had the song for over four months without airplay. We then decided to take things into our own hands and we started distributing the music for free in kombis, saloons and other public areas. Then it started being played on radio.

“We are really grateful for the new stations as they seem to have an open door policy where people can come and talk without problems. We hope there will be more stations to help market us and put us on a different level,” he said.

Lady Squanda’s first song is Cracker, which talks about the effects of marijuana.

She said she was inspired by how people react when they smoke and how they forget whatever they were doing and start hallucinating.

She did collaborations with Freeman on the songs Neshungu and Dancehall Doctor.

Lady Squanda jointly released her album The Queen Unleashed with Freeman who was releasing the album Last Man Standing in March.

Lady Squanda has songs including Sadza, Bronco, Babamukuru and many others.

She has taken the ghetto youths by storm and her songs can be heard being played in public transport, shops and the high density suburbs.

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