Winky D, Beenie Man song raises bar

HARARE - Zimdancehall star Winky D’s just-released collaboration with Jamaican star — Beenie Man — who is widely regarded as the King of Dancehall — appears to have struck the right chord.

Titled My Woman, the song produced by a rising producer — Nicky — at  Winky D’s Vigilance Music Studios in August has been one of the most trending local songs for the last two days.

The swanky video for the song shot in Johannesburg, South Africa, which had by yesterday morning attracted over 50 000 views on YouTube, has largely received plaudits from music fans.

“Here is what I don’t understand about Winky D.......haupere wakaita sei.....it’s now over 10 years but still uchiri kupisa …is it because une Chipo che music or maybe you are music yourself,” wrote one Khing Tapiwa on YouTube.

Another fan going by the moniker ZimVideos added: “This song makes me feel even more proud to be a Zimbabwean, to be more specific a Gafa. Long live Gafa President!”

Yet another fan, Rungano Charumbira, also lauded the song, “This song makes me wanna declare Monday a public holiday.”

Winky D’s manager, Jonathan Banda, said the collaboration with the Jamaican star, which was in response to requests by fans, tackles critical relationship issues.

“The Gafa unites with the king of the dancehall, Beenie Man, all for a good cause of confronting the daily risk of marital disharmony.

“This track adds to the narrative of the urban hustle for survival through looking at its interface with the institution of marriage,” said Banda.

He added that the song will be part of Winky D’s forthcoming album to be released next year on February 1 — the music star’s birthday.

My Woman is one of three songs that have just been released by the Ninja President. The other ones are Dzemudanga and Madrinks Mucup.

Banda said Dzemudanga, which is getting a lot of airplay, was inspired by real-life ghetto situations.

“Current situation in the ghetto is such that several siblings, due to the teething socioeconomic challenges, are growing up and starting families while domiciled within the parent’s house.

“Every time conflict ensues between or amongst them, interventions by relatives or neighbours almost always embolden the belligerents, sustaining the conflict in the process,” he said.

The third song, Madrinks Mucup, is a typical Winky D celebratory song in the mould of his hit Ninja Saturday.

With Winky D not releasing an album this festive season, the three songs are expected to go a long way in appeasing the Ninja President’s fans who have been clamouring for another Gafa album.

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