Chillspot unleashes fresh stars
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.sundaymail.co.zw.