Zim DJ collaborates with Jamaican stars

HARARE - Zimbabwean music producer DJ Fydale’s Focus Riddim album set to be released on April 29, features top Jamaican stars Anthony B, Chuck Fenda, Lutan Fyah, Perfect and  Sir Ford.

The Kwekwe-born music producer-cum-DJ, who was born Fidelis Isaac, is confident that working with the Jamaican stars will generate international attention.

“I am supposed to release it through the iTunes digital store. It took me years to build links with the likes of Anthony B, Chuck Fenda, Sir Ford, Lutan Fyah and Perfect but all I can say is that Jamaicans naturally love Africa.

“At the same time they respect people who work hard. I am also expecting to have Anthony B in the country if all goes well,” said DJ Fydale who has worked with local musicians like Lady Squanda, Freeman and Tocky Vibes.

Anthony B rides on the riddim with the song Cyan Test Don Test, Lutan Fayah on Rasta Fi Rich and Perfect with Badda Dan Them Bomboclaat.

DJ Fydale, the winner of the 2015 Zim-UK Cup Clash for DJs, said he linked up with the Jamaican artistes on social media.

“I got in touch with him (Antony B) through Facebook after I introduced myself and what I do. He appreciated my works as a DJ and producer and when I came up with this riddim, he liked it.

“It is such an honour to have worked with international stars like them and I hope to keep on expanding my horizons in the music business,” said DJ Fydale.

The Focus Riddim also features local musicians who include Viviun, Maggikal and others.

“I have worked with so many artistes in the music industry and I decided to engage the Jamaican artistes to boost my profile as well. I am the man behind Tocky’s success on the song Mhai.

“It took me about a week and half to build the riddim then voicing the artist took about a month and half. Mixing and mastering took two weeks so in essence it took me about two and a half months to bring everything together,” he said.

The 30-year-old started off as a DJ in the early 2000s.

“In 2006 with the help of Appa Zingoni I moved into music production. That is when I then started working with local Zimdancehall musicians.

“Music production is a passion that I have and it has managed to bring me on the map. I managed to win competitions including the 100 Sound Clash in 2010, ZIM-SA Cup Clash in Cape Town in 2014 and I retained the cup last year. My visa is out now and I am going to the UK in May for the ZIM-UK Cup Clash slated for May 21,” he said.Z

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