BY WINSTONE ANTONIO
MULTI-AWARD-WINNING dancehall singer Wallace “Winky D” Chirimuko has said scoping the Best African Dancehall Entertainer at the 2021 International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) will not push him onto an ego trip.
Winky D added another international gong to his cabinet on Sunday at the virtually held 39th edition of the award ceremony held under the theme Reggae and World Music Still Rise, in Jamaica.
The ceremony was co-hosted by grammy award-winning reggae artiste Gramps Morgan and dancehall’s self-proclaimed first lady D’Angel.
In his category, the Gafa hitmaker battled for honours with Patoranking (Nigeria), fellow countryman Buffalo Souljah, Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale (all from Ghana).
Posting on his official social media platform, Fan Facebook page, the Gombwe hitmaker said the people’s votes counted.
“This accolade will not push me onto an ego trip, far from it, it makes me realise that l should always appreciate the simple details of life,” he said.
“There is no act without an audience, as such l am forever indebted to all the Gafas and Gafaresses who sacrifice their time and hard-earned money to attend my shows.”
Winky D also saluted his Vigilance band for their efforts as he paid tribute to his late former drummer.
“For me, it’s a compromised act without good instrumentalists, so allow me to take time to big up the Vigital band, and more importantly honor the late uniquely talented ‘Scara the Drummer’,” he said.
“Hearty appreciation also goes to those who believed in my music from the day when l started preaching the ordeal of the ghetto youths when it was still unfashionable to talk reality. I will admit the love we exchanged during live shows, l also can’t wait for a return to normalcy.”
Another Zimbabwean artist Vachi Kepwe Di Poet was also a nominee at the awards vying for the Best Poet/Spoken Word Entertainer gong.
At the ceremony, Josef Bogdanovich, Ziggy Marley and Papa Michigan received special awards which were not open for public voting.
Bogdanovich got the award for special philanthropist, Marley for IRAWMA Hall of Fame/Lifetime Achievement for over 40 years of contribution to reggae music, and Papa Michigan received the IRAWMA Award of Honour.
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