Africa-Press – South-Africa. Award-winning investigative journalist and filmmaker Hopewell Chin’ono believes Winky D is the greatest Zimdancehall artist the country has ever produced.
The veteran Kambuzuma-raised chanter has been in the game for over 20 years, but of late, government sympathizers have downplayed his legacy due to songs interpreted as critical of the President Emmerson Mnangagwa-led administration.
But Chin’ono, on Twitter, backed the Musarova Bigman hit-maker and described him as the greatest ZimDancehall artist ever. He said:
Oliver Mtukudzi told me that music must touch the heart and soul, and it must heal the pain of the listener.
He said that if it doesn’t do that, it is just a composition.
Using that definition, I introduce to you the greatest Zim dancehall artist of all time.
Chin’on’s remarks come at a time when many Zimbabwean music fans are speculating that the organizers of the National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA), which were held last night, deliberately left out Winky D because of some of his politically-interpreted lyrics.