I’ll express myself without fear: Winky D

Winky D flanked by Hifa executive director Maria Wilson (left) and Netherlands ambassador Barbara van Hellemond

DANCEHALL chanter Winky D, who is riding high with his latest single Kasong Kejecha, yesterday said it was difficult for an artiste to explore human rights themes in Zimbabwe without being labelled political.

BY WINSTONE ANTONIO

Winky D flanked by Hifa executive director Maria Wilson (left) and Netherlands ambassador Barbara van Hellemond

Speaking at a Press conference where Harare International Festival of the Arts (Hifa) organisers and the Netherlands Embassy in Harare announced that they were joining hands to celebrate Human Rights Day and the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Winky D said the programme was significant to him.

The five-day film and live music concert is set to roar to life today at Kamunhu business centre in Mabvuku, Harare.

“This human rights programme that I am part of means a lot to me because as artistes in terms of expressing our views, it is very difficult to mention things concerning human rights without being labelled political,” he said.

“So, for me as Winky D, this is a great platform. So on Saturday I am going to be expressing myself to the fullest without fear and bias, so I just want you to urge your friends and relatives to come out in their numbers and have a nice time on Saturday.”

The artiste said he was excited to be part of a programme where he will be using his music as a vehicle to spread awareness on human rights issues.

The free film and music programme will also feature chanters Freeman, Killer T, Jah Signal and the Female DJ Movement.

Opening at Kamunhu business centre today, the screenings and musical performances will then move to Hatcliffe tomorrow, Chigovanyika in St Mary’s in Chitungwiza on Thursday before heading to Ziko in Seke and Overspill in Epworth on Friday and Saturday respectively.

Netherlands ambassador to Zimbabwe, Barbara van Hellemond said the initiative is meant to promote wider awareness on issues surrounding human rights through film and music.

“Besides being a general expression and celebration of the best elements of humanity, art is a form of a lingua franca through which matters of social importance can be expressed. This makes the activities in the Human Rights Week both a celebration of humanity and encouragement towards conversation pertaining to the promotion of that humanity through human rights,” she said.

21 Comments

  1. Zimbabwe is polarized politically,so by taking sides this artist risks alienating half of his fans ,….a silly move from a business point of view,Winky D is naive if he believes that these fights from competing political interests are about his rights and my rights,no they are about power and where exactly does he fit in this equation,why not keep your whimsical political views to yourself…Zhakata and Mukanya tried it and look how it turned out for them

    1. 80% of winky D’s fans are unemployed ghetto youths so what are you talking abt?

      1. 98% actually

    2. Principles are forever and ZanuPF is not forever. The plight of Zhakata and Mukanya does not matter as long as they are principled and live with a clear conscience.

    3. Mthulisi, Mapfumo and Zhakata are still rocking. Dai wati vanaTambaoga, Brian Muteki, those are the the ones vakarashwa. Winky D will never go Wrong, not even 50% will shun him. I never like him but with his new song of kejecha I will definatly buy it for him. Ukaimba zvezanu pf ndopaunosakara sechikorobho. Zanu haina support, chitororo chete chavainacho, If our security sector was professional tingadai tisisina mhondi idzi dze zanu pf

    4. what u are saying is like chaminuka and lobengula tried to fight colonisation and look how it turned out for them…every revolution has its time..and nothing can stop it..

    5. evryone is free to express his or her view even if its political. its their rights including Windky D

  2. Winky D appeals to a younger audience the majority of whose ideas, political or otherwise, blend well with his own. The biggest market of Dancehall music are the disposseed, un-impowered ghetto youths who live on the fringe of society and who are very, very hostile to the ruling political oligarchs and cartels that have impoverished them and consigned them to be a lost generation. Winky D has absolutely no apologies to make for his political and artistic views. If anyone is indeed offended by his political expression it is the ruling junta and its minority supporters who may be benefiting from the suffering of the majority under a dubious new dispensation.

    1. k its expression of ”freedom of expression” he is doing to show that he can exercise his right …..the new dispensation does not suppress this right of freedom of expression…..BUT WHILE DOING SO, YOU MIGHT BE ,POLITICALLY BIASED ,PROVED WAY WRONG AND FALL OUT OF FANS THEREBY ENDING YOUR CAREER….THUS, HE IS BIASED FOR THE MDC ,THE EXPLORER OF SANCTION CAUSING ECONOMIC COLLAPSE AND SIGNIFICANT SUFFERING OF ZIMBABWEANS AND HE IS COMING OUT TO BE ITS PROPAGANDA VEHICLE TO MAKE YTH BELIEVE ITS GVT ‘S BLAME WHILE ITS NOT…..HE IS DESIGNING HIS OWN FALL,,,,MAJORITY VOTED ZANU PF MPs AND EVEN ED…..MARK MY WORDS

      KEEP UR POLITICAL VIEW RIGHTS TO URSELF ”BIGMAN” B4 U BCM ”SMALLMAN”…ITS JUST AN ADVISE…DONT EXPOSE UR CAREER TO AN IMMINENT RISK.

  3. CHIMURENGA FOREVER

    De-politicise your music for a futuristic purpose.Your current views will sink with your music if you are not broad minded and inclusive as an artist.

    1. FACT… where was your wise advice on Jar Prayzer and his “Kutonga Kwaro” which has now grown cold which perhaps he is contemplating a “Kudofora Kwaro” rendition?

    2. VanaCHIMURENGA FOREVER……One of the greatest philosophers to ever live on this planet, Bob Marley’s albums were all political and had the biggest influence in shaping the new world order with regard to human rights and freedom. No doubt about that.

  4. Well done Winky D! Freedom which is curtailed in any form, manner, shape or size is useless, as long as one confines oneself to the law.
    The merchants of repression are quick to curtail freedom, why? They want to enslave people so that they appear great when they are nothing but just plain crooks, criminals and murderers.

  5. None but ourselves can free our minds

  6. “Kutonga Kwaro” kwadigwa jecha. Never been a fan of Winky D but that’s a masterpiece from Zimbabwe’s only artiste who’s dressing is like is designed in heaven. Well done young man.

  7. Pota uchisanganisa dhobho raunosvuta nezumbani mupfanha Winky D..!

  8. But camparing Winky to Jah is like comparing a tuckshop to a hypermarket. Kutonga Kwaro album will remain Mukudzei’s best music production ever. Even those songs which do not sound political are so good. Take a listen to these tracks: 1. Dai Wangoti Halow 2.Kanzio Kerudo. 3. Zita Rako Unombonzi Ani and many more. The man is so talented as far as I can judge. But the only song by Winky I can readly remember is Maproblems Ese Dispear. I don’t hate him but he is just far far behind Mukudzei Mukombe. I yet have to listen to Kanziyo Kejecha, May be it might do a trick on me.

  9. Of course without fear of being politicised. Winky D is apolitical and his music does not carry any political message. I find it mischievous to try and spoil a bright career of a promising young artist. We have musicians who explicitly sing political songs and one of them is Paul Madzore.

  10. Comment…misinterpretation of,good music is destroying our muscian .lkz anondirwadza

  11. Comment…this is nt new mheni winky uyu ndimafira kureva now takuda kuona kt ndimafirara kureva chaiye here dis whr we r gna see d real bgmun reehhhhhhh!

  12. Comment…winky uridhara kubva kudhara u represent us the ghetto soldiers.thanks man

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