Zim music has a new baby

Dancehall music which was imported and made popular in Jamaica has become so popular that there is no discussion on Zimbabwean music without the mention of the likes of Killer T, Shinsoman, King Shaddy, Sniper Strong and Others.

King Shaddy
King Shaddy

It is a fact that seven out of 10 teenage music goers know more about Dadza and Guspy Warrior than they do of superstar Oliver Mtukudzi, Sulumani Chimbetu, Alick Macheso, Jah Prazah or the gospel trio of Baba naAmai Chramba as well as Fungisai Zvakavapano, and others.

For the first time this year, national organisers of major events have realized the impact dancehall music has made that those in the forefront of the Zimbabwe International Carnival went to the extent of reserving a night in their nine day programme to accommodate dancehall music.

Even music promoter, Partson Chimbodza of Chipaz Music Promotions was shocked by the response he got when he organized a dancehall music show at Dzivaresekwa Stadium. “ I never expected such a huge crowd.

There were thousands of people, and I hope to have more of these shows in future,” said Chimbodza.

Although most of the lyrics contained in the songs do not make sense at all, they appeal to a younger generation who are exited more by the rhythms than what is being sang about.

What has also made dancehall different from the rest of the pack is the fact than unlike most of the top musicians who are either recycling old hits or trying to imitate one another, dancehall has a distinctive rhythm and style.

The music’s massive following has seen shows being staged in stadiums or on open air venues as night spots and halls cannot accommodate the music’s huge number of followers.

More important is the fact that most of the shows attract 10 or more musicians, giving the fans a wider choice while the show itself ends the next day in the morning instead of a midnight ending when robbers are roaming around the streets.

Dancehall music lover Itai Masiyambiri says dancehall music is the best thing that has happened to him music wise. “The artists are more professional. There are no breaks because the musicians are used to sharing the stage. They always perform to entertain revelers instead of the money. That is the reason why their shows are cheap,” said Masiyambiri.

Another music promoter Taka Mashonganyika says he is still to experiment with dancehall music artists. “I have heard of how attractive dancehall music has become in the country. I am planning to stage one show and see how far I can go with it,” said Mashonganyika.

What is disturbing, however, is the open smoking of marijuana or mbanje at these shows and the drunkenness of girls in particular after taking ZED or Bronco or too much spirits and brandy.

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