Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Winky D rocks BBA house

Winky D
Zimbabwe’s dancehall musician Winky D (real name Wallace Chirumiko), who is popularly known as the “ninja president” rocked the Big Brother Africa (BBA) Stargame house in Johannesburg on Sunday evening.

Winky D, who was ecstatic about his performance did not disappoint as he managed to hype up the audience who attended the live eviction show held in a studio outside the BBA house.  He first performed his hit track Takaipa Takaipa which got guests on their feet dancing along and nodding.

His closing track, Wakasara saw him changing outfits into all-white, as Winky D is well known for being the smart guy. Though he performed Shona tracks, Winky D connected with the audience who could be seen screaming for more.

Winky D and his sidekick Layaan (Musoja) managed to use their skills on the mic well as their music was audible. A local follower of the show, Noble Vave, said he was not a fan of Winky D’s music, but he enjoyed the Sunday performance.

“What was most impressive was his presence on stage. He was quite energetic and the performance was electrifying,” he said. Another BBA fan Kudakwashe Mano said Winky D’s lyrics were inspiring.

“As compared to other artists, who have performed on the same stage, Winky D’s performance was one of the best,” he said. “He is one man who has lyrics that will continue inspiring you long after the track has stopped playing. “His emotionally charged lyrics are the opposite of his soft-spoken and sociable personality.”

Winky D was the first African dancehall star to perform on the BBA stage this year. BBA host, IK seemed thrilled by Winky D’s hairstyle as such appearances had never been seen on the BBA stage.

Winky D has become the new icon for Zimbabwean urban/reggae music with nicknames like, “King of Dancehall”, “The Big Man”, “The Prophet”, “Mutumwa”, “Truthsayer”, being attached to him in the high-density suburbs. Power FM DJ Davis Mugadza is also billed to perform in the house on Saturday for the housemates’ party.

He will have another opportunity to entertain viewers of the show and guests who will attend the live eviction show on Sunday. Performing in the BBA house is a platform for local artists to launch their international careers, as the show reaches a wide international audience.

Winky D’s performance was recorded by producers of the show and will be aired on Channel O programmes. Winky D’s hit tracks have created a huge fan base for him across the world, evidenced by the successful tours in the United Kingdom, Australia and South Africa.

Meanwhile, Nigeria bowed out of the reality show on Sunday. Its remaining housemate Goldie was evicted from the house. Over the years Nigerian housemates have been strong contenders, but this year, their three representatives will not make it to the finals.

With 19 days left for the show to end, nine housemates (Alex, Wati, Keitta, Keagen, Janette, Kyle, Talia, Prezzo and Lady May) remain in the hunt for the $300 000 prize money. Newsday

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