Maseru – Zimbabweans Winky D and VaChikepe The Poet this week bagged the International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) in the Best African/ Dancehall Entertainer and the Mutabaruka Award for Best Poet/Spoken Word Entertainer respectively.
The awards were hosted online by D’Angel and Gramps Morgan virtually last weekend.
Chikepe fended off competition from a Jamaican contingent led by Antonia Valaire (aka) Christina Williams, Malachi Smith, Richie Innocent and Wise Wurdz. On the other hand, Winky D beat South Africa based compatriot Buffalo Souljah, Ghanaians Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy and Nigerian Patoranking.
Winky D posted on his Facebook page: “Your votes have counted”!
He was quick emphasise to his legion of fans that the win had shown him the importance of humility.
Winky D also hailed his Vigital Band and honoured his late drummer, Delroy “Scara” Maripakwenda, who died last September.
“For me, it’s a compromised act without good instrumentalists, so allow me to take time to big up the Vigital band, and more importantly; honour the late uniquely talented ‘Scara the Drummer’.
“Hearty appreciation also goes to those who believed in my music from day when l started preaching the ordeal of the ghetto youths when it was still unfashionable to talk reality. I will admit the love we exchanged during live shows; l also can’t wait for a return to normalcy,” said Winky D.
Chikepe said the award will give him an opportunity to expose Zimbabwean poetry to the world.
“I am now better placed to develop the Zimbabwean poetry industry at home, on the continent and the world at large. It is a golden step for me to connect with all other great poets across the world while bagging more awards along the way.
“For Zimbabwe, it means we have a great historical and spiritual connection with Jamaica. It also means that our arts industry has a huge potential to grow, if only we have the right sponsorship and visionaries,” said Chikepe.
Now he says cannot wait to visit Jamaica.
“I can’t wait to visit Jamaica, the country that has so loved me, an African. I also wish to meet the great Mutabaruka and maybe work on a project with my favourite poet in Jamaica, Richie Innocent. Gieven a chance, I would love to learn more about Bob Marley, Marcus Garvey and Burning Spear,” said Chikepe.