Winky D, Tuku stand be­fore the pres­ence of God

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Entertainment - Robert Mukondiwa

BE­FORE a sin­gle voice cracks in new song Panor­wadza Moyo by Zim­bab­wean Dance­hall King Winky D and grand­mas­ter Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi, a waft of a cold deathly air en­gulfs the lis­tener. The open­ing of the track en­cap­su­lates the jour­ney one has ahead of them. The lines of Tuku’s gui­tar drop and the gui­tar gives a deathly fa­mil­iar cry. It is a weep­ing we have heard in tracks like Mabasa, but more pro­foundly in this na­ture, it is a weep that char­ac­terised the tear­ful Ne­ria. And it comes to haunt us again — 23 years af­ter it was first re­leased on the track Ne­ria in 1993.

And the sub­ject is as rel­e­vant as ever in a nation that is los­ing its most pro­duc­tive gen­er­a­tion at the hands of pre­ma­ture death in the face of dis­ease and poverty. Death is al­most ev­ery Zim­bab­wean’s next of kin.

Panor­wadza Moyo (where the heart aches), is a track that says Zim­dance­hall, Winky D, and in­deed the en­tire mu­sic in­dus­try in Zim­babwe has ar­rived and as­serted its place as a ve­hi­cle, not only for en­ter­tain­ment in the nation and be­yond, but also to take pro­found mes­sages to the peo­ple. And in this case to God him­self.

Tuku and Winky D take the brave trek into the Holy S anc tua r y to con­front God and ask per­ti­nent ques­tions. “Why do you take us down this road – this val­ley of death? Through this path of death and gloom? Why are we los­ing our fathers, broth­ers, sis­ters and grand­par­ents while on the other hand, there is not one new life to re­place them?”

The two stand their ground, fi rm and un­nerved, ask­ing sharp pierc­ing ques­tions of the di­vine. It takes heart wrench­ing tragedy to push man to the lim­its of ques­tion­ing their God’s in­ten­tions and this is what Tuku and Winky D are faced with.

Bro­ken to the world for the first time on Star FM’s rate it or hate it yes­ter­day, an­chor Ni­cola “Nikki” Dora could not help but ad­mit that the ra­dio sta­tion was in­un­dated with mes­sages on Twit­ter declar­ing the ob­vi­ous. The song had hit the right chords and touched the pulse of a nation and was in sync with the peo­ple’s emo­tions.

It may be mu­sic, but it’s not a game any­more. While there may be other duets gun­ning for ti­tles in the duet of the year cat­e­gory at var­i­ous awards – Jah Prayzah and Di­a­mond Plat­numz, Ty­tan and Am­mara’s Mukoko and other tracks — the ma­tu­rity, plan­ning and sheer ge­nius in the lay­out of this track may just guil­lo­tine the strength of the com­pe­ti­tion. What bet­ter voice to sing about death than that of Oliver Mtukudzi? His voice is grav­elly in this ef­fort. As if he has a cap­sule of grit and sand in his voice box. It crack­les and cries along to the har­mony. His voice sounds like bro­ken glass. Like death. Grave­yards are be­com­ing like a reg­u­lar des­ti­na­tion, the duo mourn. As if they are places where we have placed an­i­mal traps where we reg­u­larly visit to find out whether we have any catch. Pro­found im­agery that will leave the lis­tener spell­bound. And here, in front of God, with their gui­tars hung on their backs, Tuku and Winky D make their case and de­mand an­swers.

And when they fin­ish with their last note of the song, with their last ques­tion to their God, He is bound to look down and qui­etly, He weeps.

Touch­ing, pro­found, evil ge­nius. —@zim­rob­bie

ZITF Show Grounds THE Po­lice Com­mis­sioner-Gen­eral’s Fun­fair takes place to­mor­row af­ter­noon with en­ter­tain­ment be­ing pro­vided by San­dra Nde­bele, Iyasa, Jeys Mara­bini and Cle­ment Mag­waza.

Hope Cen­tre A joint com­edy and poetry slam dubbed “A Thou­sand Thoughts, A Thou­sand Laughs” will be held to­mor­row to raise funds for pre-term ba­bies.

BAC Leisure DJ Dash Zim­babwe will tonight head­line the “Black and Red Ladies Night Out” where he’ll be sup­ported by DJs Frostie, Tick Tock and Vul­can. To­mor­row DJs Van and Slam will lock horns dur­ing the “Satur­day Live”. They will be sup­ported by DJs Vul­can, Tick Tock and Nospa.

Katso Sports Bar Tonight it’s “Woza Fri­day” with DJ Mgoe. To­mor­row DJ Mgoe re­turns as she hosts the “Mix with Mgoe”. She will be joined by guest DJ Finch. On Sun­day it’s the “Old School back to back with Old School mu­sic” with DJ Lamza. Club Eden (As­cot Race­course) Res­i­dent DJs Kananjo, Keezy and Slamma will tonight host the “Pop Fri­days”. The trio re­turn to­mor­row to cel­e­brate part one of Beaster’s Birth­day.

Cresta Churchill Tonight it’s “Jazz Night” with the Friends Band ser­e­nad­ing pa­trons. On Sun­day Pros­per Tshuma and the Smart Band will take over.

Lu­veve In­dus­trial Site Over 20 DJs will bat­tle it out at the Chron­i­cles of House Na­tions Sum­mer Garage Fes­ti­val to­mor­row.

Hori­zon Night Club The club hosts “Stay Fresh Satur­days” to­mor­row in­cor­po­rat­ing Maka’s birth­day party with a Var­sity/ Col­leges Wel­come back party. Black Troop DJs on ro­ta­tion all night. Pri­vate Lounge The club’s al­lur­ing dancers will con­tinue en­ter­tain­ing rev­ellers with DJs Sweeto, Tawaz and Del­roy on the decks. Nketa 8 Sports Bar A “Ladies Night” with DJ Tshola is on tonight. DJ Tshola and Hen­rix will be on ro­ta­tion as the joint wel­comes sum­mer. On Sun­day, it’s the “All New Jazz and Lo­cal Chill Zone” for the ma­ture with DJ Hen­rix.

New Emagu­meni Sports Bar Tonight the ever bub­bly MaT­ing Ting hosts “Ladies Night”. DJ DN­cie Mavala will en­ter­tain rev­ellers to­mor­row and Sun­day for the “Stokvel Night”.

T-Junc­tion Sports Bar (New Loben­gula) The “Funky Fri­day” party ses­sions are on tonight with res­i­dent DJs Mavesto, Houzen and Buthoz on ro­ta­tion. The res­i­dent DJs will be back to­mor­row for the “Kasi Vibez” and “Kasi Flavour Nights”. On Sun­day it’s the “Old School Party” ses­sion with res­i­dent DJs.

The Lounge DJs Jaiza and Keezy will host the “Week­end Warm up party tonight” with a mix of old and new songs from var­i­ous gen­res. DJs Jaiza and Cris Rocx will take over to­mor­row. Iyasa will com­bine with DJs Kananjo and Jaiza to pro­vide the best in African mu­sic and dance on Sun­day night. Ace Lounge DJ Khumz will en­ter­tain rev­ellers along­side New Age dance group tonight. Khumz re­turns to­mor­row but with Hlokoloza dance group. Bu­l­awayo Queens and DJ Sim­ple Stu­dio will en­ter­tain rev­ellers on Sun­day.

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