Gombwe: Will Winky D outrun Jah Prayzah?

AFTER more than three months dominating the music scene with the album, Kutonga Kwaro, Jah Prayzah’s “reign” came to an abrupt end last Friday, when top dancehall artiste, Winky D, officially launched his album, Gombwe, into a market starved of new content.

By Tapiwa Ziwira

Having released Kutonga Kwaro in October last year, a month before the fall of Robert Mugabe from the presidency and Emmerson Mnangagwa’s subsequent rise, Jah Prayzah found himself in the limelight, as many of his songs were in sync with the political developments of the day.

Tracks like Kutonga Kwaro and Masoja were seen as specifically penned to mark the military’s role in Mnangagwa’s rise to the presidency in dramatic fashion.

Top musicians like Winky D, Oliver Mtukudzi and Sulumani Chimbetu also failed to release albums in time for last December’s festive season, leaving Jah Prayzah — the music hero of Mugabe’s downfall — to dominate playlists with insignificant competition from smaller artistes.

However, Winky D’s album launch appeared to have overshadowed Jah Prayzah’s hit tracks such as Ndini Ndam’bata, Kutonga Kwaro and Nzira Yerudo from popular playlists.

The rate at which the sound of Winky D’s music is being spreading everywhere can only be likened to the heavy presence of soldiers during the November 2017 military takeover that sealed Mugabe’s fate.

Whether it was by design or coincidence, Winky D, with no doubt, released an album at the perfect time, when the hype over Kutonga Kwaro was waning and fans were yearning for something new and big.

While it is still too early to conclude whether the album will keep holding, one thing beyond dispute is that Winky D has some unique way of quickly grabbing the limelight each time he releases an album.

Last time, when he gave us ChiExtra-terrestrial, the catchy lines on Gafa Party became an instant hit on the dancefloors. “Maex ese, gafa, Maex gafa…” was a favourite chant — one that could send even the shy ones to a dancefloor.

This time the Gafa President did it again. His new album, Gombwe, whose contents he kept a closely guarded secret until its official launch on Friday, came with a huge, unique surprise for many, and this was in the form of the involvement of Vabati VaJehova, an apostolic choral group, on the song Ngirozi.


Interestingly Vabati VaJehovah, with their signature chorus and rhythmic clapping, fit perfectly into the dancehall tune, making it one of the most unique and perfectly weird ever combinations in the history of Zimbabwean music.

The tune is just so sweet to the ears that it is set to become the sing-along of the moment.

Music critics have often complemented Winky D’s music as academic and a result of a deep thought process.

This is exhibited throughout Gombwe, and most specifically on the track Highway Code.

On the last album, the title track ChiExtra-terrestrial, Winky D used the elements of astronomy to make what can be one of the greatest and best-crafted love songs.

This time, on Highway Code, he speaks highly of his seduction tactics using the Highway Code.

ChiExtra, as he also calls himself, exhausts the highway rules and regulations, in a way so unique one can only admire and chant along to the rhymes that sit on the pulsating instrumentation.

Generally, Gombwe carries simple social commentary lyrics on the day-to-day issues that Zimbabweans face, which is remarkable in the sense that Winky D did not join the bandwagon of bootlicking the Mnangagwa administration.

Instead, throughout the album, Winky D tells the story of Zimbabweans, who are unemployed, those who are hustling to earn a living and, those who have gone into the Diaspora in search of better fortunes — it is like a prayer point.

The entire album brings, albeit with a little over kill, an atmosphere of the general national aspiration for a better, problem-free Zimbabwe. It speaks to everyone and that could add to the reasons why it quickly dominated the airwaves.

47 Comments

  1. someone is advertising for Winky here,,,,, let the fans speak…

    1. YES….Let the fans be the judges!

  2. u kilin e music industry bro

  3. Ipapo winky wacho hapana zvaakaita paAlbum pacho jah’s Album is way way better than Gombwe

    1. HICC yozara tofara….NUST yozara zve tofara…..kozoti pwere yakaita sewe
      Listen to Im Hot yawinky hanzi kuudza vana kuti pane anomisa winky ichild abuse

      1. True that Gafa

  4. Winky agara anogona, problem yenyu chii? chibaba chiExtra terrestial! chero ini Jah Prayzah ndinomira woooooh!

  5. Maikoro Jekiseni

    dzika dzika Ngirozi! dzika dzika Ngirozi! ndiwanire Nyasha! chakaipa ichi!

  6. HICC yakazara zvikashamisa. Winky akanyanya

  7. winkys new album is hot fire , i dont even like dancehall but after listing to his album yah the guy is talented

  8. Matumwa naWinky kuzomuitira marketing zve..imbomirai kufananidza flop Gombwe something neKutonga kwaro please..Gombwe is less than 1% of kutonga kwaro

    1. iwe watumwa nani kuzoita de-campaign lol

    2. winky D is better by far look he doesnt need any international artist to back his talent

  9. GOMBWE IS WINKY’S WORST ALBUM

    1. ita it is your worst album lol…….tiri sesu vekublues Jah P tinotema nemaCAN

  10. apa mataura idi baba.Chokwadi hachiputse hukama.Gombwe ndiro riri kurira izvozvi.Only time will tell.Vafana vese veZim dancehall vabva vati hlooo kunyarara.

  11. Anonymous, ndosaka uchinzi anonymous! Abva apiwa $40 000 naGinimbi. ndokutaridzira kuti chakaipa ichi chi album. chakanaka chakanaka! Mukaka awurungwe!

  12. WINKY CHAKANYANYA ANHUWEEEE

  13. DIAMOND PLATINUMZ

    Winky D s album launch was highly successful and the album response is overwhelming. But we are not yet at a stage to compare Winky D with Jah Prayzah considering that Jah Prayzah is now an international stuff. Winky though successful has his influence still limited to Zimbabwe alone. However he still has the potential to follow the footsteps of Jah Prayzah and be an international icon. Only time will tell.

    1. HANZI LIMITED TO ZIMBABWE ALONE AYAS…..GET YOUR FACTS RIGHT WANGU…HOW MANY INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS HAVE BOWED DOWN TO THE GAFA WHEN THEY COME OVER TO ZIMBABWE……AND WHO GIVES THESE INTERNATIONAL ICON STATUSES BY THE WAY…..

    2. Yah iwewe Winky haumuziwe dai wagara pasi

    3. what you said is true Diamond we don’t have to compare Jah P with Winky D yet JUST BECAUSE HE LAUNCHED the album so soon doesn’t mean he is now on top of the international stuff like JAH P.

  14. winky did well

  15. Gombwe iri weak

  16. VASUNHUNGURE MUHURANDA

    ONE SONG (NGIROZI) NDOIRI KUNAKIDZA PA ALBUM RESE. SAKA ZVAZVOREVA NDEZVEKUTI AFOIRA ZAMA. HE NEEDS TO REWRITE OR REDO. WINKY AKABIKA NYEMBA, KUZORA, NDOVE CHAIKO PAFEYA.

  17. Gombwe iri weak pafair ,abt 40 000 from ginimbi haaaa kufara kwavo the same as wicknell pana Jah ndochokwadi..

  18. Jah prayzah show yake haipindwe ne2cents pabate akavakisa computer lab $30000 kumusanhi high school

  19. Vose vari two Jar naWinky vanogona kuimba music yavo ndiyo yakasiyana chete peroid plz dnt west yo time guys.

  20. kkkk amana dont waste time winky d ndiye ane ma fans kwete politics dza jah prazah

  21. the fellow who wrote this article looks like the late great paul matavire honestly i dont care who carries the day between winky and jar only word of advise be wary of following tockys footsteps.

  22. jah praz anowanza politics bt winky mudhara nekure coz haimbe nezve politis

  23. U see Jah Prayza is good, very good actually but this is because he is a hard worker. Now for winky d he doesn’t need to work hard, like jp, no…akazvagwa achigona and that explain why asikutsvaga mbiri bema international artists. Unlike jp, he is not outgoing, using social media to put his private life to the public. We talking of two very diff people here: nikola Tesla(winky d) and Thomas Edison ( JP)

  24. GUYS WINKY D DID WELL…..HIS ALBUM IS TOO LOCAL I UNDERSTAND …..ONE THING I LIKE ABOUT WINKY IS THAT HE IS IMPROVING HIS BRAND egA….PASINA TUMA COLLABO……..AKAYIMBA DISSAPEAR ARIEGA …….AND IT BECAME NUMBER 5 KU BBC 1 EXTRA……………KUTANGA KWEGORE ….KUNODA ZVAKAPORA SE GOMBWE THEN MA PARTY DECEMBER…………GAFA HAUSATI MARIZIVA DEEP DOWN

    1. Doing Collabo’s is not a Weakness. Collabo’s are good for the Music market. Limited Collabo’s are one of the causes why Winky is still struggling to come up with good Videos.

  25. NewsDay please dnt stoep so low. Do u realy hve to be so obvious that u r being paid to do PR stunt fr Winky D. You shd stick to credible news reporting and analysis. Lets give our artists true facts and analysis of their products thats hw we build them

    1. if winky is paying the author so he is probably paying the people like me who are supporting him….the fans too I mean over 6000+ attended his launch…unless if you say its PR stunt for winky d too….how many hits has he produced so far to date…plus the fact that you dont like the guy does not mean that whatever you say should be a law unto all of us
      WINKY D is an icon ask Beenie Mann,Tarrus Riley, Anthony B or any Jamaican artist who has had to share the stage with him…there aint no dancehall fiesta without the Gafa/Gombwe/Bigman/Ninja President.

  26. Ummmmn wena Author!!! You exaggerate too much. Its actually funny, and sadly a poor technique, to largely involve, or rather, relate Ex-President Mugabe’s Downfall to Winky’s new Album. And do you really understand what it implies to say “Jah Prayzah’s “reign” came to an abrupt end last Friday . . .”
    If your ad was milk i wouldnt even give it to my cat

  27. uWinky D yingqungqulu akulamuntu ongamisana laye as far as music in Zim is concerned. The guy is just tooo good

  28. Chris Nyamayedenga

    Comment…winky kwakuseri

  29. Muchawaya b…chi extra chine tarenda varume chakanaka chakanaka mukaka haurungwe

  30. Comment…i dont like zimdance hall but dzika ngirozi ndizvo ndomupa sando winky

  31. Comment…kana mazogra gafa igafa boiz.kana chichikufinha tora pijama upinde mugumbezi tokubata gore rapera

  32. Winky is just great all outa africa, artists like diamond platz and more could never give him any stiff competition . As for videos, they dont count in dancehall . Dancehall is not a hollywood production for god’s sake!! The only thing thats important is creativity of the artist

  33. Chi Extra Gafa iGafa boys Winky ndokwazvinoperere JP anogona

  34. Gafa igafa boiz akat haasi international staff nian iyeye timuone

  35. pakati dzika ngirozi Gafa rakauraya vanhu zvabva zvaratidza kuti ndiro Gombwe remangoma

  36. Comment…gafa igafa boys

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