Chillspot un­leashes fresh stars

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - SOCIETY | ARTS - An­drew Moyo

THEY do not call it “Man­goma De­pot” for noth­ing.

When it comes to cre­at­ing Zim dance­hall stars, Chillspot Records has mas­tered the art. Their ta­lent pool will not be dry­ing up any­time soon.

This year has been no ex­cep­tion, their cur­rent crop has lit­er­ally taken over the lo­cal dance­hall scene.

Us­ing Si­lent Killer’s style, which saw him shoot to star­dom last year, im­i­ta­tors like Enzo Ishal, Ba­zooker, Boss Pu­ma­col, Hwinza, Pop­tain and Mad Viper to name a few, have thrived.

Get­ting their lucky break on the “Panomhanya Munhu” rid­dim, th­ese chanters have be­come Chillspot Records’ top stars. The artistes are cur­rently rid­ing high with their ex­ploits on the re­cently re­leased “Avion Rid­dim”.

While their lyri­cal con­tent ranges from the ridicu­lously hi­lar­i­ous, to pro­fane, it is hard to ig­nore the mu­sic that th­ese artistes are churn­ing out.

Crit­ics have ar­gued that the bulk of the songs do not make sense but that has not stopped the pub­lic from get­ting hooked. For in­stance, Enzo Ishal’s an­themic “Kan­jiva” would be mean­ing­less to a non-ghetto res­i­dent. How­ever, many peo­ple who un­der­stand ghetto cul­ture and lan­guage can eas­ily re­late to the mes­sage.

Enzo Ishal says “Kan­jiva” is a song that de­scribes a dance that is very pop­u­lar in Mbare.

He ex­plained: “If you go to Mbare and ask any kid about the ‘Kan­jiva Dance’, they will show you how it is done be­cause it is very pop­u­lar in the area. I don’t even have an idea who the orig­i­na­tor of the dance is but af­ter see­ing it, I just de­cided to sing about it so that it would also spread to other ar­eas.”

In an in­ter­view with The Sun­day Mail So­ci­ety, Chillspot Records pro­ducer Tafadzwa “Lev­els” Kadz­imwe said their cur­rent crop of artistes have the po­ten­tial to grow even big­ger.“

At the mo­ment, the artistes we have at the sta­ble have taken over the streets and they are show­ing no signs of slow­ing down. Their pop­u­lar­ity has been grow­ing rapidly and the re­sponse from fans so far has been over­whelm­ing,” said Lev­els.

Many promis­ing stars have passed through Chillspot, only to dump the sta­ble in search of “greener pas­tures”. A huge mis­take. ◆ Read full story on www.sun­day­

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