‘We are not an item with Winky D’
HARARE – Dancehall artiste Tendazvaitwa Chitimbe, better known as Lipsy, says her relationship with Ninja President Winky D has always been strictly professional.
The 26-year-old Tendazvaitwa featured on Winky D’s romantic song Taitirana Pafirst Sight leading many to suspect the existence of a love relationship between the two.
But the multi-talented artiste, who is also into acting, insists that Winky D, whose real name is Wallace Chirimuko, is nothing more than a mentor.
“Because of the Taitirana video which I did with Winky D, fans now wrongly believe that I am in love with him but the truth is that we are not an item,” says Lipsy.
“That video just shows how good we are as artistes. We were just being good artistes; nothing more. I have a boyfriend and I also know Winky D’s girlfriend. The Ninja President is just my brother in music.”
Despite people wrongly assuming she is Winky D’s “empress”, Lipsy doesn’t regret her collaboration with arguably Zimbabwe’s most popular dancehall star.
“The collaboration I did with Winky D surely ushered me to another level in the showbiz and I feel very honoured to be the first female artiste to collaborate with him,” she said.
“Winky D took me from nowhere and put me on a golden chair that is why I salute him big time. He has always been readily available to mentor me.
In short I can say I am what I am because of Winky D.”
The Chitungwiza-based performer also attributes her break into acting to her performance on the Taitirana Pafirst Sight video.
“Due to the Winky D video, many local film directors called me to be part of their casts,” she said.
She acted in Manje So directed by Tawanda Gundamupengo, Gupuro directed by Shupai Kamunyaru and Delete where she acted as Thembi, the main actress.
“I also took part in a Zimbabwe Broadcasting Cooperation ( ZBC) film called The Visit where I played the character of Miriam and currently am acting in another television soapie called Revelation as Tino,” she said.
Lipsy, who has done two dancehall singles to date, admits that balancing music and acting is no easy task.
“It is not easy at all but I am still keen on building my musical career till I reach Winky D’s level. I will continue performing in night clubs and bars,” she said.
Lipsy was born in a family of music lovers and is a niece of prominent reggae promoter Nhamo Chitimbe.
She started her musical journey in 2002 as part of a musical group called Sunset before joining the Slam Militants where she was the only female member.
The group released an album entitled Camouflage in 2008. On the album she contributed the song called Tell Me.