The track, off the Ninja president’s 10-track latest album ‘Gafa Life,’ which was arguably the most played song during the just-ended festive season, debuted on number five in the continental chart presented by DJ Edu last Monday.
Position one on the chart, also known as the Afro Boss Airlines Destination Africa Top 5, was occupied by 25-year old Nigerian music star Wizkid with his hit ‘Final (Baba Nla)’ while number two belonged to South African artiste Ashley ‘DJ Shimza’ Raphala.
Ghanaian star’s Shatta Wale’s self-produced tune titled “Hol’ It” claimed third place with Zambian star Kaladoshas’ ‘Nipaseko Chance’ landing on position four.
Winky D has always been a favourite of (BBC) Radio 1Extra Destination Africa Top 5 presenter DJ Edu. Five years ago, during a tour of the United Kingdom, the Ninja president did a freestyle on the programme at the invitation of DJ Edu.
Disappear’s entry onto the BBC chart is yet another feather in the cap for a song that has courted both popularity and controversy in equal measure. So popular is the track that local artistes are falling over each other to do cover versions of the hit.
Guitarist, singer and songwriter Tariro neGitare added a jazzy feel to the song while a duo going by name Us Two-made of Chido Chigwedere and Mutsa Chiromo- teamed up with one Zviko to create their own cover version of the self-styled Zimdancehall president’s hit song.
Social media has been inundated with various versions of the song with one of the most interesting being a cover of ‘Disappear’ in a Roman Catholic style by an unidentified group. The cover is so well done that one can easily mistake it for a church hymn. ‘Disappear’ also has several apostolic style versions.
Winky D’s manager, Jonathan Banda has welcomed the accumulating cover versions of ‘Disappear.’
“You can’t stop art. The artists who are doing their own versions of the song ‘Disappear’ are endorsing the greatness of the song. It happens worldwide whenever a song with cross-cutting appeal is released.
“The fact that covers are being dropped daily including Catholic and Apostolic versions goes on to show that the artiste has won the hearts of many a listener,” Banda told the Daily News recently.
Banda added that they knew the song would be a hit before it was released.
“We knew that the track was going to shake the industry because it really speaks to our daily realities and the people’s efforts to revitalise and better their lives in the face of challenges. People remain hopeful that our problems will disappear,” Banda added.
Apart from ‘Disappear,’ Winky D’s latest album carries hits like ‘Mirror,’ ‘Woshora,’ ‘Idya Mari,’ ‘Ngoma Futi,’ ‘Survivor’ featuring Shinsoman, ‘Copyrights,’ ‘Holiday’ featuring Guspy Warrior and ‘Not Nice.’
Meanwhile Tocky Vibes is finding the going tough and failed to land any shows in Harare during the just-ended festive season, amid claims by his camp that a certain top musician (name withheld) is using juju to thwart his rise.