Gweru dancehall sensation dares to be different

GWERU - Gweru-based dancehall artiste Legion says self-glorification songs that have become commonplace in Zimdancehall are a total waste of time.

Legion, whose real name is Wilton Doba, told the Daily News that Zimdancehall will remain in the shadows until the genre’s artistes realise that bragging about one’s perceive famed is counter-productive.

“What my fellow artistes don’t understand is the fact one’s musical prowess is judged by fans. Music fans are after good music not ego trips,” said Legion.

The musician has also been disappointed by raging rifts among dancehall artistes. He composed the song Mudhara We Mangoma to underscore his views on the matter.

“The song basically points out that the dancehall king has to be chosen by the fans. I did a survey on social network where fans were asking who was the best, and then I wrote the song,” he said.

Legion rose to national prominence with the song Mafiriji PaKadoma, a rendition of Winky D’s song MaFeelings PaMangoma. The song received good airplay on radio and even got appreciation from Winky D himself.

“The song was received very well; all radio stations played the song,” said Legion.

The Midlands Music Awards winner in the dancehall category got the chance to perform the song with Winky D in Chinhoyi recently.

“My joint performance with Winky D got great support from the music fans. It was a very encouraging and inspiring response from the Chinhoyi crowd.”

The 24-year-old musician agrees with Winky D’s song Mafirakureva which advises youngsters to stay clear of drugs.

“Drugs are killing our industry as artistes. Winky D was right when he sang the song in an attempt to discourage drug abuse,” he said.

With Legion now fairly known in Zimbabwe, the rising star is now determined to make his mark beyond Zimbabwe.

“I will perform in Cape Town, South Africa in October this year. I am taking each day as it comes. I know that one day, I will have my breakthrough,” the artsiste said

Even though Harare is the undisputed nerve centre of Zimbabwean dancehall music, Legion has no intention of relocating to the capital city.

“I have a responsibility to develop music in Gweru. I want to help young artistes under my music stable Alqaida Syn,” said Legion who is currently working on a 15-track album.

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