Winky D silent as JP releases al­bum

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Entertainment - Bruce Ndlovu

WHILE the lo­cal mu­sic scene has been buzzing about the im­mi­nent re­lease of Jah Prayzah’s lat­est al­bum, Ku­tonga Kwaro, the man many view as his clos­est com­peti­tor for the throne, Winky D, has been con­spic­u­ous by his si­lence.

So deaf­en­ing has been the si­lence that some are now won­der­ing what ex­actly could be hap­pen­ing in the Gafa’s camp.

As Jah un­leashes his al­bum at the Harare In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence Cen­tre along­side Nige­rian su­per­star Davido tonight, ques­tions about what the word­smith has been up to in the stu­dio will more than likely in­ten­sify.

As Jah and Winky’s ca­reers have soared in the last few years, it has be­come clear that it is no longer pos­si­ble to men­tion one of them with­out ref­er­ence to the other. Like Oliver Mtukudzi and Thomas Map­fumo, Alick Mach­eso and the late Ton­gai Moyo, the two have been joined at the hip by fate and only time’s sur­gi­cal pre­ci­sion may sep­a­rate them.

Although any “beef” between the two seems more imag­ined than real, the re­lease of Prayzah’s lat­est star-stud­ded ef­fort will there­fore raise ques­tions about what the man the mu­si­cal gods de­cided was to be his ri­val has been up to.

Re­cently, Winky has shown signs that some­thing might be cook­ing in the Gafa camp, giv­ing fans a taste of his song, Ma Drinks Mu Cup dur­ing live per­for­mances. When he per­formed the song at the Chibuku Ne­shamwari fi­nals in Bu­l­awayo re­cently, the crowd be­came elec­tric, as if the few stan­zas that the chanter re­cited were enough to show them that the song was an­other po­ten­tial Winky hit in the mak­ing.

Snip­pets of that song per­formed live gave fans hope that a new sin­gle or al­bum was just around the cor­ner but alas,

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