Winky D new al­bum pre­miere to go ahead

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Entertainment - Bruce Ndlovu Bon­gani Ndlovu Show­biz Cor­re­spon­dent

WHILE a po­ten­tial le­gal show­down is brew­ing be­tween his camp and su­per pro­ducer, Oskid, dance­hall mae­stro Winky D is set to de­but his much an­tic­i­pated al­bum, Gafa Futi, live on ZiFM Stereo to­mor­row.

The Gafa Life ex­po­nent will give ea­ger lis­ten­ers a taste of his full al­bum be­tween 10 and 11PM dur­ing the ZiJudge­ment Yard slot on ZiFM Stereo.

Those abroad will be able to live stream the pro­gramme on ZiFM Stereo’s web­site — www. zifm­stereo.co.zw.

The al­bum is set to be re­leased for mass pub­lic con­sump­tion on the fol­low­ing day.

Its re­lease comes in the midst of con­tro­versy with Oskid, who over the past year, has be­come the hottest prop­erty on the Zim­bab­wean mu­sic scene, pro­duc­ing for ev­ery­one from Winky to Fungi­sai and Leonard Zhakata, in­sin­u­at­ing that a preda­tory Winky D wants to de­prive him of his much de­served shine.

The pro­ducer, who is mak­ing a solid case for him­self as a pro­ducer akin to the likes of De­lani Makhal­ima be­fore him, al­leged in The Sun­day Mail this week that Winky and his team had re­moved his sig­na­ture tags on tracks from the up­com­ing al­bum, an ac­tion which rep­re­sents the re­ver­sal of a prior ar­range­ment be­tween him and Winky D.

Oskid cites that piece of de­ceit as the rea­son for their fall­out, and it re­mains to be seen whether Winky D will go ahead with the al­bum re­lease de­spite the threat of le­gal reprisals hav­ing men­ac­ingly over his head.

Over the week­end, Winky un­ex­pect­edly an­nounced the of­fi­cial pre­miere and sub­se­quent re­lease of his new al­bum. Of­fi­cial lis­ten­ing ses­sions have also been sched­uled for Cape Town and Lon­don in the com­ing weeks.

“The al­bum prom­ises new higher in­tel­li­gence and sci­ence to mu­sic as Gafa Chi Ex­trater­res­trial.

It’s ex­tracted from the uni­verse’s many black­holes, sent through mul­ti­ple worm holes, de­crypted by the earth­ling en­cryp­tion key Winky D,” posted Winky D on his Face­book wall.

“Gafa Futi has equa­tions, for­mu­las and an­swers to ZIM­BABWE hip hop duo Cal_Vin and AWA on Satur­day rocked Ger­many dur­ing the Ur­ban Africa Fes­ti­val where they shared the stage with South Africa’s Cassper Ny­ovest.

The two Bu­l­awayo rap­pers, who were in­vited by or­gan­is­ers of the fes­ti­val, rep­re­sented the coun­try there for the first time and got rev­ellers singing along to their songs dur­ing the fete.

That Lu­veve Boy, as Cal_Vin is known, per­formed in front of a packed house at Club Ban­hof in Cologne with other African singers namely the King of Azonto – Gas­milla from Ghana, Ma­jor League DJz from South Africa and a whole host of other mu­si­cians. Cal_Vin shared a video of his per­for­mance and the pre­dom­i­nantly white crowd could be seen singing along to the cho­rus of the wor­ries of to­day. It chal­lenges peo­ple to have no fear.”

e post also al­luded to the fact that al­bum’s pro­duc­tion was han­dled by Oskid and Layaan, two men who have pro­vided Winky D with the sound­scape from which he has de­rived his big­gest hits.

“The 12-track al­bum in­cludes Bhebhi raMwari, the vi­ral ‘ 25’ and the suc­cess­ful col­lab­o­ra­tion with Dr Oliver Mtukudzi, sin­gles which have been re­cently in­tro­duced sin­gles at live shows.

“The al­bum also boasts the pro­duc­tion touch of the award win­ning pro­ducer, Prince ‘Oskid’ Tap­fuma of Oskid Pro­duc­tions and Layaan Sol­jah of Vig­i­lance Mu­sic.”

The im­por­tance of Oskid’s con­tri­bu­tion to Winky’s run­away suc­cess can­not be over­stated, as his has been the hand that played mid­wife to the Ninja Pres­i­dent’s hits from the Gafa Life Kick­stape.

Much like Layan, who is Winky D’s brother, at the dawn of the Ninja statesman’s suc­cess, Oskid has been re­ceiv­ing cus­tom­ary shout outs at the be­gin­ning of songs.

Oskid’s pro­duc­tion fits hand in glove with Winky D’s lyri­cal as­saults and catchy cho­ruses, and it thus re­mains to be seen what ef­fect their lat­est spate will have on their re­la­tion­ship even af­ter the re­lease of his new al­bum.

De­spite his mis­giv­ings, Oskid also ap­peared to give the al­bum his en­dorse­ment in a post a day be­fore Winky’s an­nounce­ment.

“Winky D al­bum pro­duced by Oskid is drop­ping on Oc­to­ber 6, 2016.

The al­bum also fea­tures one of Winky’s most re­quested songs 25 which he has been sam­pling dur­ing his live shows . . . Another Oskid Pro­duc­tion.”

Winky D (left) and Oskid

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