I won't go under any artiste: Jiggaz

MUTARE - Husky-voiced George “Jiggaz” Tanjani says it is a sign of weakness for an established dancehall artiste to approach a fellow musician for collaboration.

Jiggaz, father to dancehall protégé Spiderman, told the Daily News on Sunday that it is generally regarded as a taboo in real dancehall for an established artiste to place himself under another.

He cited the example of Beenie Man who, several years ago, had to go through the embarrassment of being taunted for begging for a duet with Vybz Kartel.

“Kartel bragged about it no end in the media,” said Jiggaz adding that whenever some established dancehall artistes are approached for duets  they normally turn down the invitation publicly inorder to spite the other.

“In this  country, Zimdancehall ancestors, as artistes like myself, Winky D, Dadza D, Labash,Kalabash and other 90s Zimbabwean ragga artistes are referred to as, do not approach each other for collaborations,” he said.

The Harare-based artiste conceded though that such an attitude limits opportunities for dancehall artistes to learn from each other.

“Of course music fans miss out because Zimdancehall veterans won’t collaborate. The veterans will only feature in collaboration when they have been invited. They are too proud to ask other established artistes for duets,” he said.

Jiggaz, popular for the hits MaSister and Coin, launched his music career in 1996 as an MC at dancehall contests. His first album was Survival (2003) which was followed by From Mi Heart (2009) and Na Let Go (2010).

Three years ago Jiggaz released a 40-track compilation, his biggest to date, which preceded Repentance (2012), Only Jah (2013) and Before We Know Inna released last year which has the hit song Chikwambo.

Though Jiggaz’s name is synonymous with reggae and ragga, he recently ventured into theatre. Two years ago, he joined the Jason Mphepo-led Patsime Theatre Arts “where he has been growing with each production.”

Patsime is a non-profit making organisation that uses various art forms to foster development in communities.

“At first, it was a challenge as l didn’t know how to act. Patsime was patient with me and helped me along,” Jiggaz said.

Due to his ability to change his voice with ease, the Highfield-bred artiste has been allocated diverse acting roles by Patsime.

The theatre organisation also uses him to appeal to the younger generation through music whenever they are on tour.

As part of the Patsime Theatre Arts road shows, Jiggaz and Spiderman have toured places such as Guruve, Murambinda, Kariba and Chinhoyi.

“We do presentations that condemn gender-based violence and child abuse through music and educational dramas. It is sad that there are still men who abuse women and children,” he said.

 

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