#AMHVoices: Is this Zim-dancehall rise and rise?

Friday night, Stodart Hall in Mbare was packed with revellers, mostly youths, who had come to witness the launch of the ChillSlam Riddim.

Revellers, mostly youths, were jostling for the little space in the hallway, a stark contrast with what has been witnessed at sungura shows
Revellers, mostly youths, were jostling for the little space in the hallway, a stark contrast with what has been witnessed at sungura shows

The production of Chill Slam riddim was result of a combination between Mbare-based ChillSpot Studio producer, Levels and Highfield powerhouse Bodyslam Studio producer PTK.

Over 70 musicians including Shinsoman, Killer T, Seh Calaz, and Sniper, have their songs on the riddim as Zimbabwe’s dancehall fraternity continues to hog the limelight, with new sounds being released almost on a daily basis.

It is because of this Zim-dancehall phenonmenon that, according to BodySlam studios, over 1500 people braved the July chill to attend the show.

According to Bodyslam Entertainment, over 1500 revellers attended the Friday show
According to Bodyslam Entertainment, over 1500 revellers attended the Friday show

This reporter witnessed revellers fighting for space in the packed hall.

When the Zim-dancehall wave swept across the country a year or two ago, many music analysts dismissed it as a passing phase, or simply, as something that was just going to rise and fall like a corn-stalk fire.

But only last week Sungura music ace Aleck Macheso and Dendera star Sulumani Chimbetu reportedly started holding joint shows in an attempt to raise the number of people attending their shows, amid revelations sungura musicians were generally attracting fewer revellers.

So, could this be the rise, and rise of Zim-dancehall?

Tapiwa Zivira, Online Reporter

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10 Comments

  1. munakiri liberty

    Lol music Is revolutionary,some centuries back people really loves sungura than urban groove and dancehall but nw they are crazy about dancehall so hold on sungura guys its tym

    1. Just a passing phase really. Tangible genre can hold a good song for months and sometimes years as people enjoy it. These dancehall songs pretty much last a few days hence why they are churning out music everyday. What this space!

  2. Popopopopopopopo!!!!!!!

  3. Its really nice wot Simba of Bodyslam is doing but my biggest worry is that he should be careful of putting his gonyeti business in red because the amount of money and energy he is putting in this music it doesn’t pay dividends.its like buying fame.how can u have 70 artirts on one riddim being recorded for free and a few paying $20.A dance with 20 artist,how do u pay them and make profit. The are issue why is there no girls attending these partys .I am not being badmind or negative but just stating facts.

  4. these guys are making too many liricks from 1 readim, thats 4 the past 6 mths they re still releasng from the old rdm. Duplicatng rdms frm abroad is also hapening. its a signal of no idetity. Listern nigera, congo, south or the ndebele, they dont copy art & culture. Jah praiser is doing well from own creation. These jamicans they re trying to immitate are miles ahead. They should stop singig about themselves or other singers. Theres too much about chamba as if they dont. Not mentionin explicit. Why say zim-dan for getto youth. This is a phase lyke kwasa, ndombolo.

  5. Ya vakomana ava varikugona kubika mariddims bt the problem iripavaimbi vamwe vacho vanoimba zvisina basa zvinyadzi . Kuzvikoresa hey I like Tocky vibes anoimba zvinoterereka kunyange munemavabereki

  6. Where are all the beautiful women? Dancehall’s signature is beautiful women with beautiful bodies dancing to the music!

    All I see are a bunch of broke young boys with nothing better to do!

    1. kkkkkk if i see beautiful women i rape them kkkkkkk

  7. Varikutambisa nguva yavo ngavatsvage zvimwe zvokuita nguva ichiripo

  8. MUSARWADZIWE # Popopopo!!!!!

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