Winky D’s stock rises


HARARE – Zimdancehall icon Winky D is certainly on top of his game.

He is one of the few Zimdancehall acts that have international acclaim owing to his make-believe skills.

As such his fame transcends the music industry and is now clinching several corporate deals.

Winky D, whose journey began in Kambuzuma, his home ground, has propelled to dizzy heights, inspiring many ghetto youths.

He has been engaged by Population Services International (PSI), providing jingles for the circumcision drive.

Currently, the artiste is enjoying a good work relationship with organisations such as Delta Beverages as he regularly features in its various events such as beer festivals, Castle Tankard and Campus Nights just to mention a few.

The Disappear hit-maker has been a regular feature at Castle Tankard events since 2010 save for 2014 when the event clashed with his tour of South Africa.

OK Supermarkets also engaged him for its OK Grand Challenge promotion.

He has also been engaged mobile phone dealer G-Tel, among others.

Jonathan Banda, who manages the high-riding artiste, said the corporate world fell in love with 33-year-old chanter since 2010 because of high level of professionalism that the musician exudes.

“One secret of life is that be good every time and fortune will follow you. As a band, we are guided by principles of professionalism.

“Winky D has been consistent in the provision of good acts and he is not known for wrong reasons such as controversies.

“We always deliver polished acts whenever we perform and that is the secret behind our success story,” said Banda.

Winky D, whose albums include The People’s Devotee, Chatsva, Cum 2 Tek Ova, Igofigo and Vanhu Vakuru among others, is among pioneers of Zimdancehall music in the country.

Since the launch of his musical career, the Igo Figo singer has performed on almost every continent and has won a number of musical awards.

Some of his awards include Zim Dancehall Awards— Best Song gong with track Rokesheni, Best Social Message (Mafirakureva), Best Live Performer and Best Video and Choreography, Best Artiste 2013 (male) among others.

He won the National Arts Merit Awards with album Igo figo and People’s Choice award in 2010. Disappear earned him Song of the Year gong in 2015.

The Ninja President, as Winky D is affectionately known by his fans, has shared the stage with international musicians such as P-Square, Capleton and Beenie Man, among others.

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