Top producer slams Zimdancehall artistes

HARARE - Prominent DJ and music producer DJ Fydale, who generated international attention in April this year after he featured top Jamaican musicians Anthony B, Chuck Fenda and Lutan Fyah on his Focus Riddim, says Zimdancehall artistes are an ungrateful lot.

The Kwekwe-bred artiste, who is a previous winner of the ZIM-UK Cup Clash and Southern Cup Clash for DJs, has worked with top Zimdancehall artistes who include Winky D,Lady Squanda, Freeman, and Tocky Vibes .

“I am the man behind Tocky’s success on the song Mhai. I have assisted a lot of Zimdancehall artistes but the majority of them are not appreciative. Only Winky D and Freeman have expressed gratitude to me. These two have paid me for my services and are very professional.

“The majority of the Zimdancehall artistes are unprofessional and ungrateful. They make money out of my production and forget about me,” said DJ Fydale, the founder of a record label called Black Identity Sounds.

DJ Fydale, however, refused to name and shame the artistes who owe him money.

“I made a lot of hits for them and never for a single day did they pay me but I won’t name them. I urge Zimdancehall artistes to be professional and start paying producers.

“I urge other local producers to stop being used for nothing. Most Zimdancehall artistes talk too much. I am not saying one should not promote himself and his work but I am saying they have to do it in a respectful manner,” he said.

The prominent DJ and music producer added that it was ironic that the established foreign musicians he has worked with have treated him more professionally and respectfully than local artistes.

“I worked with internationally-acclaimed Jamaican artistes on my Focus riddim. They respect people who work hard.

“For example, I linked with Anthony B through Facebook after I introduced myself and what I do. He appreciated my works as a DJ and producer after I came up with this riddim and he liked it,” DJ Fydale said.

The Focus Riddim creator started his music career around 2000 as a club DJ before venturing into music production in 2006 with the assistance of Appa Zingoni who was part of the Masvingo Riddim.

“I was based in Kwekwe and I would travel to Harare for the Famous 10 Sound Clash at the Tube Night Club hosted by Stereo One International which was led by the late Jah Bee.

“Music production is a passion that I have and it has managed to bring me on the map. I won various competitions including the 100 Sound Clash in 2010, ZIM-SA Cup Clash in Cape Town in 2014, ZIM-SA Cup Clash 2015 and the ZIM-UK Cup Clash 2015,” said DJ Fydale.

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