Has Winky D's crown slipped off?

HARARE - Not so long ago Wallace “Winky D” Chirumiko was Zimbabwe’s undoubted dancehall king but with a new crop of stars laying siege on his castle, many believe the Ninja President’s end is nigh.

Winky D’s precarious position on the ragga throne continues to be a subject of derision of several cocky dancehall upstarts led by Mbare chanter Tawanda ‘Seh Calaz’ Mumanyi who have come up with songs denigrating Winky D.

The siege on the Musarove Big Man hit-maker started in earnest when he did the song Mafira Kureva that attacks rampant drug abuse in the ghetto.

The song rubbed ghetto youths the wrong way because ever since Winky D burst on the Zimbabwean music scene, the dancehall star had, until then, largely defended everything about the high density suburbs.

Coming from dancehall icon who had previously done hits like Ndiri Rasta and Mzii, songs that glorified marijuana smoking, Mafira Kureva really struck a discordant note among ghetto youths and emerging dancehall artistes who had regarded Winky D as a role model.

Seh Calaz immediately hit back at the Ninja President for suddenly attacking marijuana use among ghetto youths. He dropped the song Kunyan’anya (Mafira Kureva) which attacked Chirumiko the for alleged hypocrisy.

Soon after releasing the song Seh Calaz spiritedly defended his right to attack Winky D.

“His first album was Ghetto Defender.

Now that he has made his money he starts to disrespect the ghetto youths that made him,” said the Mbare-born chanter.

“We are not even sure if that is a song meant to advise us or it is his way of getting another endorsement deal.”

Seh Calaz, who is currently ruling the ghetto dance floors with the track Mumota Menyu Murikubvira, a song on marijuana-smoking, added that Winky D had now turned his back on the ghetto for the love of money.

“The only time he performs in the ghetto is when big companies are involved. His Mafira Kureva message we have no idea if it rooted from love or out to get another ambassadorial deal with the NGOs funding anti-drug abuse campaigns,” he said at the time.

But it would appear that the Ninja President is not apologetic at all.

Whenever he plays Mafira Kureva during concerts he always debunks the notion that he has turned back on ghetto youths that made him a super star.

“Winky D is still ghetto. I have always been a devotee for ghetto youths but am more mature now and I  have to tell ghetho youths about the dangers of substance abuse.”

Mafira Kureva aside, there many dancehall fans who believe Winky D is now playing second fiddle  to new stars like Killer T, Shinsoman, Guspy Warrior, Prince of fire Dadza D, Freeman,Souljah Love, Kinnah and Seh Calaz.

Killer T’s popopopo, Souljah Love’s Hauite Hauite and Seh Calaz’s Check Check have become the new buzzwords on the Zimbabwean dancehall scene.

Winky D’s recent fusion of sungura and dancehall in a song called in the Sungura Like has been used by his detractors as proof of his failure to maintain dancehall purity.

It remains to be seen though if the new breed of enthusiastic Zimbabwean dancehall stars have the staying power to effectively knock the established Winky D off his perch.

Do they have wherewithal to hound out the Ninja President out of his castle?

Comments (31)

musanyeberane amana winky is still the King,,,havadi kuudzwa chokwadi vapfana ve mu ghetto

washxie - 17 February 2014

she calaz seriously was an unknown but talented artist.akaimba achituka winky d jus to be recognised(PROOF AVAILABLE FROM HIS OWN WORDS) and it worked for him but seriouisly is MBANJE GOOD FOR THE GHETTO YOUTHS???YES THERE IS LOADS OF YOUNG ARTIST WHO ARE DOIN REALLY GOOD BUT WINKY KWAKUMBERI KWEKUSERI DEM YOUNG BOYS STILL DO THE CD THING AND WINKY NOW HAS A BAND,KWAKUMBERI KA UKU GUYS.FOR THEM BOYS TO BELIEVE THEY CAN SING HANTI IT WAS CUZ OF WINKY BUT NHASI VANOMUTUKA

LODZA - 17 February 2014

people like PAUL SIMPLE based in the UK known for shooting videos and taking pictures UNDER ZIM ENTERTAINMENT are misleading this SEH CALAZ..WE NEED 1 LOVE IN THE INDUSTRY.JUS CAUSE MAJAMA VANOIMBA VACHITUKANA DOESNT MEAN WE SHOULD ALSO DO THE SAME...APPARENTLY SEH CALAZ IS SIGNED TO AN UNKNOWN AND UNREGISTERED RECORD COMPANY RUN BY PAUL SIMPLE AND TAI INTERNATIONAL...WHAT ARE THEY DOING FOR HIM??

LODZA - 17 February 2014

yeah vafana vacgho vanogona asi havagoni kukunda winky d,,,,,bhazi remangoma rokwenya Africa ,he z d driver

juicer - 17 February 2014

Controversy is part of the marketing strategy. U remember what Tongai Moyo would do to Macheso. Ukatuka ari panyanga you get attention. I dont follow this line of ghetto music, really. But I sense this Seh Calaz guy wants attention, and he will get it, esp from those who do not like the Winky D guy, thats the nature of the industry.

Tariro - 17 February 2014

character assassination in order. The writer is out of order. How about writing about the contribution and popularity Winky-D contibuted to the Zim dancehall genre? He helped put that genre into the local main steam. The fact that other young-stars are now doing it well too, means due credit kuna Winky-D. Mupei sando dzake mukomana uyu.

taps - 17 February 2014

Biggie idhara Mirai muone pamberi apo munomama chete

ba chido - 17 February 2014

big wave to the young zimdancehall artists

ras weeza - 17 February 2014

WINKY D APERA KUTI PEE PEE PEE

TANAKA - 17 February 2014

vana calaz gutsikanai mhani ,kutopihw a mukana kwamakaitwa nabig man kut muwanewo attention yemaghetto youths..

katsure - 18 February 2014

biggie ndibaba vachoo akomana musanyeperane vafana vepambare apo

itai - 18 February 2014

u cn say wat u lyk bt wi all knw bigman iz the man az 4 seh calaz he wntd fame chete ahafe akasvika pana winky dee bcoz he iz nt creative winky ahufee wadonha maniiinja 4 lyf baaanng

elvis a.k.a muniiinja - 18 February 2014

winky dee kwakumberi semuromo wa pokello,form is temporary but class is permanent.

B MANN - 18 February 2014

winky havachabatika guyz bhazi remangoma rokwenya kunenge kudada but biggie vapei sando dzavo

prince - 18 February 2014

U don't need to compare ma artist munotofanira kuvasumudzira kuti muzik yavo kite global even by now Zimbabwean muzik haisi kuridzwa global sezvirikuitwa music ye Ghana ne Nigeria ,unless makuita kuti zvigumire mughetto ikoko sekupera kwakaita Peter Ndlovu na Moses Chunga vachinzi ndiani mukuru avo nyanya vakatombotambira ku Europe ,haikona zvamuri kuita debate pa forum yenyu iyi .

samuel - 18 February 2014

Winky remains the King of Zim dancehall, actually kuti Winky-D ndokutoti zimdancehall.

ZimDanza - 18 February 2014

seh claz is simply lookin for attention but he knos kut winky dee ndimdara...if we take the worst hit pa igofigo its the best pane ma hits ese acalaz saka inky ndimdara

simbarashe mumanyi - 21 February 2014

Yeah winky is now becoming a spend force guys. U reach your peak point and after that u start fading up. Akaita mbiri kudhara but this does not mean he is the best man at the moment. Big up to seh calaz, soul jah love and killer. Haasi mafunnies mhani!!!!!!!!!

Aaron Hodes - 18 March 2014

vakomana munhu anoimba zvinoreva muzim dancehall ndiwinky chete.chero kumalive shows kwacho tinongoona vanhu vachifara kudarika kwevamwe wani.calaz need 10 more years kuti agone sezviri kuitwa nawinky kwete kudarika coz haakwanisi'.biggieeeeeeeee

frankooo - 19 March 2014

vakomana munhu anoimba zvinoreva muzim dancehall ndiwinky chete.chero kumalive shows kwacho tinongoona vanhu vachifara kudarika kwevamwe wani.calaz need 10 more years kuti agone sezviri kuitwa nawinky kwete kudarika coz haakwanisi'.biggieeeeeeeee

frankooo - 19 March 2014

Zvava pachena, ma levels akurohwa na Soul Jah Love chero Winky amakonewa...thats what dancehall does, keplaz n beenie man came n went vafana ana Sizzla came in etc the shift continues ana Tarrus Riley, zvichingodaro, same system inna Zim

Drewtainment - 26 March 2014

Big up to de Ninja presedent...vanoona zvedu zvavo havaone, nyangwe muka trier bigggie haakundike,,,,kaaaaaamani

nectar j - 1 April 2014

winky kwakuseri kwekumberi....unomutukirei kana asinga gone...unomutaurirei kana asiri iye zimdacehall yacho.....nhai hama when fire koloso took the backstage who kept the zim dancehall genre alive.....winky kwakuseri kana pama zimdancehall awards zimdancehall fans spoke.....kamaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan

anka - 8 April 2014

CALAZ VAUDZE CHEQ CHEQ CHEQ.......MADHANDITI 4 LYF

SHEPY G - 15 September 2014

Mese mkuti BIGGY......TSEQ WENYU CALAZ ndiye mdara..... gore rino chakanyunduka,muchamama cheq cheq cheq..... winky d...kkkk "d" 4 "DHODHI" WINKY DHODHI.....KKKKKK

SHEPY G - 15 September 2014

A BIGMAN IS BIGMAN NYANGWE MAKAZVIRAMBA AKASIMUKA KUDHARA

NINJA SECRETARY - 2 October 2014

winky mudhara pangoma kwete vana calaz mangoma anovanetsa vafunga kuti kudissa chigayi

Reward Gara - 20 November 2014

the only weapon to kill winky is to keep your mouth shut.once you open it and saying something pertaining him you will be promoting his popularity.winky is the elder in dancehall no doubt.ask beenie man,capleton,sizzla sean kingston,sean paul and akon bout the man bigman,they will elucidate to you that he is the dancehall himself.WINKY D, continue to preach good masseges to us and all those who hate you wachanzwa batta na biggie.Winky ndiye arikudenga denga anongoonekwa ne nassa

mr chix - 25 November 2014

seh calaz is not grateful for being offered the chance to make money by winky dee using winkty dee name . that is the nature ye dofo . surely as he always said mboko imboko i agree with him seh calaz imboko zveshuwa nd he is irrelevant from normal winky dee is the mann nd he shall ever reign zimdancehall ana calaz umm shame to u winky ane mo than seven nominees ko iwe bt u stl want to challenge the icon aaah wakasara calaz ummm winky dee is the best come on bron dnt let be down by calaz i knw u wl make it coz wakashare ma stage nemalegend akaita sewe such as mavado caplaz turblunce umm makaipa mdara

akadhinhiwa kudhara - 24 April 2015

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