Wallace Chirumiko is clearly one of the most influential artists to ever emerge on the Zimbabwean music scene. Staunch Winky D fans agree that the allegation is true but the statement is wrong. Wallace Chirumiko is not known. He is also a Winky D fan. That’s the best way I could put a line between him the person and the artist, Gafa is the real deal double persona.
We are witnessing history in the making. There has been significant growth in our music industry. The evolution has moved from point A to point B but Winky D has not been part of that trajectory. He has never been affected by any trends. Ever since 2008 when these blogging ideas were unimaginable, when all I wanted was to be a doctor, Winky D was the top contemporary musician and today at the time of this writing I’m bouncing to his latest jam. You should at least realize how this man has stayed more than relevant in dancehall. His popularity in the Zimbabwean sphere is so remarkable and his influence has seen his name being dragged in politics.
When Winky D turned biblical he became, safely a replica of the Jamaica’s reggae dancehall prophets Sizzla Kalonji and Capleton for the religious allusions. Dzika Ngirozi and Mugarden are enough to back this assertion. His ability to capture and convey a powerful ghetto gospel illuminates his voice in becoming the best ever preacher for the youths in the kasi, the ghetto. Gafa knows no slay mama or rich kid, if it’s about poverty or struggle everybody relates. His creativity made every Zimbabwean fall in love when he broke the internet with Mugarden in what will be remembered as a coup on JP or any other musician who was reigning at that moment. Or at least those are the prevailing perceptions.
2019 has been tough, sad and hectic for Zimbabweans. People will remember this year as a time of turmoil and relentless hardships, Ijipita. Canaan or Ijipita is an acutely perfect crossover soundtrack. We survived a disastrous year losing pillars in the arts industry, deepening economic crisis and worsening political oppression. But we sing “bvisai rima pamberi pangu, isai chiedza ndifambe zvangu, ijipita ijipita bye bye takukanda nhanho”. Critically scrutinizing the lyrical content would reveal dangerous political innuendos, “handina mufudzi ndingori hwai,” that’s the case of citizens in Zimbabwe. We have no shepherd.
He is yet to announce the release of the song on his social media, it might be a leak but that’s the least of expectations when it comes to the Bigman brand.
Canaan is one of the Njema album songs set to drop on the 31st Shutdown at HICC. Zimbabweans will be leaping into Canaan (2020) forgetting about Egypt (2019).
Listen to the song below: