The day Winky D wept

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Harare - He lives a very private life, almost to the extent of being hermetic.

Besides an uncharacteristic slip in a song where he mentions his child Taenda, and references to his brother Layaan, Zimbabwean dancehall star Winky D has managed to keep his private life private.

No one knows when he is mourning or celebrating. No one knows how he spends his leisure time, and with who.

At a time when it has become fashionable for celebs to practically leak their own sex tapes, no one knows who the woman in Winky D’s life is.

His social media feed only contains details of shows and release dates.

Winky D distinguished himself as a serious act when he introduced live bands in dancehall at a time when his rivals were still stuck in a boyhood representation of the genre, going for digitised back-up and steering as far as possible from a real musical instrument.

This was around 2009 when Winky D and his Vigilance crew had just released Zimbabwean dancehall`s greatest crossover hit, “Musarova Bigman”, which translates to “Don’t Hit the Big Man”.

That pioneering Vigilance Band had strong names like prolific drummer Zealman Munengu and Master Pablo Nakapa.

Within a few short months, Winky D was being mentioned in the Big 5 of Zimbabwean music of the time, along with the now late Oliver Mtukudzi, Alick Macheso, Jah Prayzah and Sulumani Chimbetu.

When Zealman Munengu left Vigillance to tour the United States with Bongo Love in 2015, Winky D roped in a rookie drummer going by the name Delroy “Scara” Maripakwenda.

In a 2017 interview, Scara explained how he got a shot to play for one of the biggest sounds in Zimbabwe.

“I heard there was a spot for a drummer in the Vigilance band. Word got to me and I wanted to try out but (Winky D) knew I was a dancer and choreographer. A few people knew about my hidden talent until I persisted in at least getting a chance of rehearsing with the Vigilance Band.

I had only two weeks probation to impress before my first show, which was a two hour set.”
And soon it was as if Scara had been born on Winky D’s drums.

And then Scara succumbed to heart complications on September 27, 2020 at the age of 29.

It was a sudden death, one that stunned the music community.

For the first time, Winky D sang a song that was undeniably personal and opened up the hidden parts of him to the world.

Winky D delivered a two-song medley dedication that served as a musical epitaph.

In the first song, “Panorwadza Moyo”, he asks God why such a young flower has been plucked in its prime. Then in “Hatiperekedzane”, he laments how death is the ultimate severer of bonds.

Scara was laid to rest at Warren Hills Cemetery in Harare last week.

At the time of his death he was setting up a creative collective called Tha Nu Vyb, along with an MC and a DJ.

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