Winky D shines at Zim Dancehall Awards

HARARE - Glitz and glamour were in short supply at the Zim Dancehall Awards ceremony on Wednesday night but that could not take the shine off Wallace ‘Winky D’ Chirumiko’s haul of four awards.

With his status as Zimbabwean dancehall’s leading light increasingly under scrutiny lately due to the emergence of a new exciting crop of chanters, the inaugural dancehall awards ceremony was indeed one to savour for the Ninja President.

The Musarova Bigman star scooped awards in the Best Social Message, Best Male Artiste 2013 and Best Live Performer categories. He also walked away with the Best Video and Choreography gong for Tsamba Kuvashakabvu.

The dancehall star was prevented from taking home five awards by Shinsoman whose song Mawaya Waya was chosen as the Song of Year in a very competitive field that included the Ninja President’s Mafirakureva, Guspy Warrior’s Ita Seunononga, Dadza D’s Dairai Dairai and Souljah Love’s Ndini Uya Uya.

To cap an outstanding night for Winky D, his manager Jonathan Banda was voted as the best artiste manager for 2013.

It was not entirely a Winky D night though as controversial Souljah Love marked his spectacular entry onto the Zimbabwean dancehall scene by winning the Best Collaboration Award and the Best Upcoming  Artist Award that he shared with fellow Mbare-based chanter Killer T.

The Simudza Musoro singer, who made a grand arrival at the venue driving a yellow Hummer and attracted uproarious welcome when he sauntered into the awards venue with fiancée Bounty Lisa, was given the honour of making the final performance of the event.

The other notable award winners were Freeman, whose album New Chapta was voted the Best Dancehall Album for 2013, McInity who walked away with the Best Reggae Artiste gong and Seh Calaz who pocketed the Vocalist of the Year Award.

As expected Lady Squanda was voted the best female star but her award presentation was marred by some few awkward moments. For some strange reasons, the organisers of the award somehow found it appropriate to make Lady Squanda receive her award from ex-husband DJ Staera.

There was no disguising the controversial female chanter’s contempt for her ex-husband as she collected her gong but to her credit she didn’t let the moment spoil her party.

Despite starting late by over two hours and the momentary flare of violence from some dancehall fans who fiercely objected to Winky D’s triumph over Killer T in the Best Male Artist 2013 category, the awards were full of fun and spirit.

Given the fractious relationships among Zimbabwean dancehall artistes which were very much evident on the night, the organisers must be applauded for coming up with a fairly respectable ceremony. The truth of the matter, though, is that there is still a lot to be done to plug the administrative loopholes experienced by the dancehall awards whose patron is ZBC-TV newscaster Oscar Pambuka.

For the award organisers to retain their two sponsors Goldtech and Astro Mobile and bring on board more corporate partners, the next edition of the Zim Dancehall Awards must be a much more polished affair.

Zim Dancehall Awards 2013 list

Best Artiste 2013 (male) -  Winky D

Best Artiste 2013 (female) - Lady Squanda

Best Collaboration Jah Love and Celo Culture – Minana

Best Vocalist - Seh Calaz

Song of the Year Mawaya Waya – Shinsoman

Best Social message Mafirakureva – Winky D, and Positive – Jay Cee

Best Live Performer - Winky D

Best Riddim - Zimbo Flavour

Best Producer - Sunshine

Best Upcoming Artiste - Killer T and Souljah Love

Best Video and Choreography -  Tsamba Kuvashakabvu, Winky D

Best Album - Freeman – New Chapta

Best Artiste from Outside of Harare - Crystal

Best Dance Hall Dance Group - Ghetto creepers

Best Artiste Manager - Jonathan Banda (Winky D)

Best Reggae Artiste - Mic Inity

Most Promising Artiste -  Terminator

Comments (19)

Winky Dee mudhara......Soul jah luv vavakumberi. Shinso makazviita

"mox" - 31 March 2014

biggie ndibaba Aiwa jah love amadhara

tendayi - 1 April 2014

freeman ,winky ,soul jah luv shinso rule the dancehall buzz

richiegremu - 2 April 2014

winky king of dancehall and jahlav the prince

sammy distress - 2 April 2014

winky mamudara zvazvinhu no comment soul jah mwana asi arikuteera calaz wadziya bt uchiri mwana then mapopopopopopo adziya not forgettin baba divante

db - 2 April 2014

winky mamudara zvazvinhu no comment soul jah mwana asi arikuteera calaz wadziya bt uchiri mwana then mapopopopopopo adziya not forgettin baba divante

db - 2 April 2014

Winky mdara jelous down soul jah mwana calaz ndizvozvo poipopoppopopoppo zvirinani not foegetin baba divante

db - 2 April 2014

Winky mdara jelous down soul jah mwana calaz ndizvozvo poipopoppopopoppo zvirinani not foegetin baba divante

db - 2 April 2014

zimdancehall awards where very fair haiwa bigman ,shinso,freeman mazvita

kindness - 5 April 2014

bigman mdara

tapfumagombera - 7 April 2014


steven c - 9 April 2014

haiwa igaroziva kti Winky D akumberi

chimwemwe phiri - 9 May 2014

there is no need for us to compare winky D with these violent upcoming artist.the is no competion for winky in zim or in africa in the realm of african dance hall.THE MAN IS A LIVING LEGEND,A MASTER OF HIS DOMAIN AND MORE CLEARLY THE BEST ZIMBABWEAN ARTIST IN TERMS OF DANCEHALL.......WHATS LEFT OF HIM IS TO APPEAR IN THESE BAISED AFRICAN AWARDS..BIG TO WINKY DEEEEE

RUGOI - 13 May 2014

winky idhara vakomana.... Soulja love ...rasta makaipa...... ko Tocky makamusiya kupi

blade - 22 October 2014

i also suggest an award for the younger artists like Ras Pompy and Spiderman among others.... they deserve the appreciation coz from the way they sing, they are the next top dancehall artists

blade - 22 October 2014

yah the dancehall gurus are making it to the top , winky ,freeman , shinso not forgetting chimdara jah love aiwa makapenga .pliz people in harare out there a lot of people have a disadvantage in music industry.lets be fare guys

Jah Rawxie (Rawlings) - 22 July 2015

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