Winky D jus­ti­fies leg­end sta­tus in Byo

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Entertainment - Bruce Ndlovu and Bon­gani Ndlovu Show­biz Cor­re­spon­dents

SOME might have raised eye­brows when a month ago Winky D was named as part of the Bu­l­awayo leg of the Golden Pilsener Afro Fu­sion Mu­sic Con­cert line-up.

The Ninja pres­i­dent’s cre­den­tials were open to scru­tiny as he was named along­side DJ Zinhle, a house mu­sic stal­wart who has bro­ken down gen­der bar­ri­ers by be­com­ing as revered as her male coun­ter­parts and Bu­cie, the in­dus­try pro­claimed Queen of House who has brought soul and el­e­gance to some of the big­gest dance tunes over the past few years.

Dubbed Cheers to the Leg­end the show, the line-up also boasted the likes of Bu­l­awayo favourites Djembe Monks, DJ Liz, Slamma and Babongile Sikhon­jwa.

It was too early, the pes­simists ar­gued, to pro­claim Winky as a leg­end only a few years af­ter he took seem­ingly per­ma­nent res­i­dence at the apex of the com­pet­i­tive world of Zim­dance­hall.

On Satur­day night how­ever, the Gafa life ex­po­nent proved that he should be given the flow­ers while he can still smell them as he gave an ap­pear­ance wor­thy of one who should be con­sid­ered a leg­end in his time.

Not tak­ing away any­thing from the other acts who gave their all on stage, Winky D was in a no non­sense mood , tak­ing no pris­on­ers as he de­liv­ered one of his best per­for­mances in Bu­l­awayo to date.

Winky D’s en­ergy is dif­fi­cult to repli­cate for any per­former, and given DJ Zinhle’s lack­lus­tre set which did not seem vastly dif­fer­ent from what lo­cal DJs have to of­fer, the move to bring him af­ter the My Name Is hit-maker was a mas­ter­stroke by the or­gan­is­ers.

A Winky D per­for­mance is a high oc­tane, in­ter­ac­tive ex­pe­ri­ence that ex­hil­a­rates and drains the watcher and Satur­day was no dif­fer­ent.

The Ninja pres­i­dent launched into Satur­day’s set with a ren­di­tion of Mud­hara Vauya. Beer cups flew, drench­ing rev­ellers who in the eu­pho­ria of Winky D’s grand en­trance prob­a­bly did not no­tice they were drench­ing them­selves in a rain of al­co­hol dur­ing an al­ready over­cast night.

Af­ter­wards Winky D kept the jams com­ing, pluck­ing out some of the most mem­o­rable hits from his rich cat­a­logue to please the agree­able crowd.

Winky D who calls him­self Gafa, also took a mo­ment to ex­plain his moniker.

“Peo­ple al­ways asks me what a Gafa is, and I tell them a Gafa is some­one who al­ways con­trols the sit­u­a­tion, some­one who is al­ways in con­trol,” he said be­tween one of his breath tak­ing verses. His catchy cho­ruses have en­deared him to Zim­bab­wean mu­sic lovers, over the years. Cut­ting off the back­ground mu­sic, Winky went on long lyri­cal stretches show­ing off his im­pe­ri­ous rhyming abil­ity, prov­ing that what he can do in the stu­dio he can eas­ily repli­cate on stage. For his per­for­mances to be ef­fec­tive, the Ninja pres­i­dent needs a crowd that repli­cates his en­ergy and he found just that with rev­ellers who thronged Queens Sports Club. They fol­lowed all the se­nior Zim­Dance­hall states­man’s in­struc­tions un­wa­ver­ingly. Clad in all white at­tire with an Egyp­tian Pharaoh head­gear and act­ing like a pup­peteer, Winky D con­trolled the crowd with in­ge­nu­ity and verve as fans screamed, danced and sang along to all his songs such as Woshora, Not Nice, Kwaita Party, Dis­ap­pear, Mud­hara Vauya, Hushamwari Hwenyu and Bud­die Zone. Af­ter a heart stop­ping hour that in­cluded the per­for­mance of a yet to be re­leased song that prom­ises to keep Winky perched at the apex of Zim­bab­wean mu­sic, he fi­nally brought to a close a highly suc­cess­ful night with a per­for­mance of his col­lab­o­ra­tion with Oliver Mtukudzi - Panor­wadza Moyo. Although Tuku was not there to sing his part, Winky car­ried the weight of per­form­ing the emo­tion­ally charged song with poise and grace. Ear­lier on Djembe Monks had shown that great­ness may also be beck­on­ing for them, as they played a set that eas­ily pla­cated a crowd that had be­come im­pa­tient as they waited for Winky D and DJ Zinhle’s ap­pear­ances. The tribal house trio’s hard thump­ing drums were punc­tu­ated by chants from fun­ny­man Babongile Sikhon­jwa, lead­ing some to ask why the two have never joined forces in the past for some­thing more than a once off stage ap­pear­ance. The el­e­gant Bu­cie also brought a soul­ful touch to a night that was mostly marked by high oc­tane dance tunes which were in sync with the highly en­er­gised au­di­ence while DJ Liz’s deft­ness on the decks also did not go un­no­ticed by the mu­si­cally savvy crowd. The well at­tended con­cert also con­founded naysay­ers who might have fore­cast a poor turnout in light of sev­eral poorly at­tended shows this year. How­ever, when all was said and done, Winky had proved that he is wor­thy sub­mis­sion for fu­ture Zim­bab­wean mu­sic Hall of Fame, if his ex­ploits in the last few years have not al­ready done so.

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