Winky D says he is dropping a new album this winter to stay ahead of the pack.

“This winter has to see me drop something for the people, a massive album, something inspirational and soothing while at the same time making all the ninja music followers groove like there is no tomorrow,” said Winky D. 

He added: “I last released a full studio album in September last year, but something is always baking in the oven. We are always trying to create something better than before and I now feel that certain material could be ready.” 

But what about the musician’s self-praise lyrics and others targeted at fellow musicians or rather “unknown forces” out to get him? 

“Look at my last album, for instance, it is about bemoaning the obliteration of the social fabric, it is also about love and upliftment of the suffering young people in the ghetto. We are fighting HIV, poverty and unemployment — those are the forces we want to destroy, that is the evil, the biggest threat to ghetto youths today,” explained Winky D. 

The Bigman, as Winky D is also known, says he left behind the concept of targeting fellow artistes in his music when he stopped participating in ghetto clashes, and that was a “long time ago”. 

“Songs where people are called names never become hit songs; they are just bubblegum tracks to be forgotten immediately. But who can forget Taitirana or Baba Musarova Bigman?” argued Winky D. 

The 30-year-old Messi we Reggae singer says reggae-dancehall musicians, and young singers of any genre at large, should clean up their songs by singing music that has lyrics that build. 

“Let’s create content that is friendly and lyrically rich, that way we can sustain what we have built so far and have guarantee that we can take it higher. Zimbabwe is now more visible on the reggae-dancehall scene than before and we can still grow ourselves further,” he said. 

He added: “Jamaicans are the owners of reggae music, but people all over the world are benefiting more than them. Reggae is now more financially rewarding reggae artistes in Sweden, France and Germany — when it should be them.” 

Winky D said Zimbabwean reggae artistes were lucky because the groundwork was done by others before the high-riding current crop. 

“We have already had massive talent before us here in Zimbabwe, but they could not sustain the momentum when it mattered. The good thing is the foundation was already laid and now we are riding on it — that is why they say ‘a people without roots perish’. Simple,” he said. 

Winky D scoffed at suggestions that he had been overtaken by the likes of Sniper Storm aka The General, Freeman and other rising stars. 

“It is good that there are more of us going abroad, with songs being played on radio and doing shows — that is what we want for the growth of our genre. We are not competing but merely complementing each other towards one goal. 

“That is why you hardly see us lining up shows in Harare; we are giving each other space as we go out there where there is so much demand for our music. We only come back here for important national events or to defend our honour when foreign acts descend on our beloved country,” he explained. 

Winky D said he was happy that “fellow comrades have stepped up to the plate” and now wants to see them use live instruments more. 

His group, the Vigilance Band, turns two this year and the chanter says it has not been an easy road. Currently rocking the club scene are his two singles, Munhu Wacho and Ifeya, while he recently released a video of Vashakabvu off the album Life Yangu. 

Winky D credited King Alfred of Jamrock for being brave enough to open the way for young Zimbabwean reggae-dancehall musicians to hold shows in the UK. sunday mail