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

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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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