WINKY D BIO
Zimbabwean dancehall singer and songwriter Winky D is currently flying high on the local dancehall music scene. He’s a 10-time winner of the Zimdancehall Awards (winning consecutively from 2008 to 2016). Known for his own unique and captivating twist on reggae, dub, dancehall, and afro pop, the singer popularly known as Gafa, has managed to keep music lovers on their feet with catchy tunes for over a decade now. With hits like “Disappear” topping the BBC 1Xtra show, Winky has stamped his authority on Zimbabwean dancehall. He makes his debut on Coke Studio Africa 2019 alongside Mozambican artist Messias.
Winky D recorded his first professional song “Ndiri Rasta”, which received incredible reviews from dancehall lovers in 2004 under Blacklab Records, on the Luckspin Riddim. Its success introduced a new era of Zimbabwean dancehall music. With a strong team comprising of Bartholomew Vera, Jonathan Banda and his brother Layan Soljah, Winky D took the dancehall banner higher with the hit single “Musarova Bigman”. He has also won five NAMA Awards (2011-2016), a ZIMA Award in 2016, Victors Award in 2012 and an award at the Africa Entertainment Award in 2011.
Winky D’s use of music for social commentary has made a loud statement in Zimbabwe, while at the same time giving dancehall music huge recognition. The hit-maker has shared the same stage with some of the world’s biggest artists including Sean Paul, Akon and Jamaican superstar Beenie Man.
Wallace Chirumiko was born and bred in Kambuzuma, Harare. He was involved in music from a young age, when he would devoutly collect reggae tapes and vinyl. At the age of 16, he gave his first performance at the Ghetto Lane Clashes event that showcased emerging DJs. It is from here that he launched his career and built his reputation by showcasing talent far beyond his age. His skill and reputation earned him the title 'Wicked Deejay', now shortened to Winky D.