HARARE - Killer T and Winky D — arguably the hottest Zimdancehall artistes over the last year — will go head-to-head in five categories at the Zimdancehall Awards on tonight at 1+1 Long Cheng Plaza.
The two red-hot artistes are headed for a bruising showdown in the Best Artist 2016 (man), Best Collaboration, Song of the year, Best Album and Best Social Message categories.
Killer T’s Ngoma Ndaimba and Winky D’s Gafa Life Kicks Tape will square off in the Best Album category that also features Seh Calaz’s Banditi Rebirth, Terminator’s Rwendo Rwehupenyu and Ras Caleb’s Rascal’s Manuscript.
In the Song of the Year category, Takumbofarawo off Ngoma Ndaimba and Disappear on the blockbuster album Gafa Life Kicks Tape, are the clear favourites, but they will have to shrug off competition from Seh Calaz’s Madhudhucha and Jah bless Ndouya Ikoko.
Given the dominance of Ngoma Ndaimba and Gafa Life Kicks Tape, over the last year, it will be a major scandal if neither Killer T nor Winky D walks away with the Best Artist 2016 (Man) gong.
In this category, the two celebrated Zimdancehall stars will battle it out with Soul Jah Love and Seh Calaz.
Killer T and Winky D’s battle for glory will also explode in the Best Collaboration category where Winky D and Shinsoman’s Survivor as well as the Killer T-Fungisai duet Vanondibatirana are up against Nhamo co-created by Kinnah and Terminator, the Jerry B–Princo collaboration Ramba Uchidaira in addition to Takatsika Chepakati by Soul Jah Love and Ryder Marcus.
The final duel between Killer T and Winky D will be in the Best Social Message category.
On this battle ground Chikorobho (Killer T), Survivor (Winky D and Shinsoman), Soul Jah Love’s Usanete, Pamuromo (Tocky Vibes) and Grinderman’s Manhungetunge will go head-to-head.
The artistes with the highest number of nominations in this year’s Zimdancehall Awards are Winky D, Soul Jah Love and Killer T who are sitting on seven nominations each.
Seh Calaz, who has five nominations, is the next in line.
Lady Squanda, the perennial winner of Best Artist (Female) gong since the awards were created, faces her toughest challenge to date from her protégé Darula.
The other contestants in this category are Lipsy, Bounty Lisa and Juwela.
Tocky Vibes, who took home two of the main awards — the Best Male Artist and the Best Song as well the Best Social Message — was the biggest winner at last year’s Zimdancehall Awards held at the Harare Showgrounds.
The Ndini Ndinorira singer, who also won two National Arts Merit Awards (Nama) on Valentine’s Day, also picked the Song of the Year Award for the hit Mhai.
The Rugare-based artiste’s song Simudza Maoko jointly won the Best Social Message award with Soul Jah Love’s Kuponda Nhamo.