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Winky D


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Winky D a.k.a Wallace Chirumiko was born in Zimbabwe on the 1st of February 1983 in Harare’s ghetto, Kabuzuma. Perhaps he was born belching melodies for as early as a precocious age of eight, Winky D was a devout collector of ragga audio tapes and vinyls. At the age of 16 he gave his first performance at the Ghetto Lane Clashes which were and still are DJ battles that showcase the best of talented and emerging Djs. It is in these battles that Winky’s nimbleness in ‘scratching vinyls’ that earned him the name Wicked Deejay hereto Winky D. At the Ghetto Lane Clashes, he competed against some of Zimbabwe’s most prolific Djs of ragga, from Alkebulani, New Generation, Shocking Vibes and Delta Force to mention but a few.
As with all artistic forms of expression, the evolution of local ragga was inevitable and what was known locally as ragga had been progressively taking a new shape to an extent that it was seen to be on a “on a downward spiral” to near extinction (The Sunday Mail, May 2-8, 2010). The natural progression to reggae – dancehall genre put Winky on a path of stardom that is so far uncontested in the African continent in this genre of music. Wink D’s lyrics took the rigour of local vernacular mixed with ghetto slang and carved out a unique place for his music and its audience.

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