Winky D sets eyes on international market

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MAN-OF-THE-MOMENT Wallace Chirimuko, affectionately known as Winky D, said he was geared up to take his music brand to the international scene after a successful 2015 which saw him rocking airwaves during the latter part of the year.

The 32-year old dancehall prodigy who is currently riding high with hot compilation album titled, Gafa Life Kickstape, released his debut commercial album Ndiri Rasta in 2004.WINKY-D-1728x800_c

He has since over the years proved to be a genius and consistent entertainer bagging several awards and recognition in his meteoric rise to stardom.

At the second edition of the 2015 Zim-Dancehall Awards, the Disappear hit-maker stole the show again after walking away with three gongs outclassing most prominent dancehall artistes.

On New Year’s eve, at a gig dubbed the “Fill-up HICC” in Harare, Winky D outclassed Jah Prayzah who had throughout 2015 been the major attraction following his chart-buster album Jerusarema.

His video, Chiramu was also outstanding and stood on position two in the 2015 Coca Cola top 10 Videos of the year.

In an interview, Winky D manager, Jonathan Banda, said they intended to take their brand to a new level and go international.

He said Winky D’s dynamic sound and lyrical prowess was now ideal for international platform and can in near future match or even surpass lyrical ingenuity of renowned international artistes like Shaggy, Sean Paul and Beanie Man.

“In tracks like I cry and Independent lady, Winky-D drifted from hard core dancehall showing his versatility. The song Disappear has a powerful chorus. It’s catchy and can quickly draw any music lover’s attention. Winky D is now in a different league and in 2016 we aim to tour Europe and take his music all over the world,” said the current 2015 Zim-Dancehall Awards manager of the year.

The track, Disappear, since its release has recorded 176 444 hits on You Tube.

The track has also received several likes on the British Broadcasting Corporation music website.

Banda said the local entertainment and arts sector had great potential to contribute greatly towards the Gross Domestic Product if roped in under the Government economic turnaround blueprint Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable and Socio-Economic Transformation.

“Big selling artistes should get endorsement deals from the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority to be ambassadors out there and sell the country positively. The deals should include free air travel and travel allowances. Commercial banks should also be seen supporting local artistes with hefty endorsement deals. The entertainment and arts sector has a lot of following. It also unites people. It should, therefore, be heavily invested in by the corporate world. I, however, want to thank other corporate companies like GTEL which is our recent corporate deal with their latest X3 brand,” said Banda.

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