The Herald (Harare)

31 January 2013

Zimbabwe: Guspy Warrior Shines

Over 5 000 people converged on the Zengeza 5 Shopping Centre in Chitungwiza for dancehall Guspy Warrior's "Handikwanisi Kuzvitaura" album launch on Saturday night. The dancehall community emerged from all corners to support the Mafia 19 tribe leader. Artistes from different clans took turns to clash while giving the multitudes a taste of their music.

The likes of Freeman from the Danger Zone made their appearance on stage performing hit songs from his latest album "Tovabilivisa". Although his performance was fair, Dadza D from Fire Coloso, Jiggaz from the Antidote tribe and Ricky Fire from the Fire Nation clan were surprisingly the most popular among the crowd.

Dadza D of the "Magetsi Aenda" fame sent revellers into a trance with songs like "Baba Fungi" and "Mvura Hakuna".

Ricky "Moto", on the other hand, did not disappoint with his hit songs "Love Yangu", "Baby Waina" and "Sei Wada Ini" that have somehow become ghetto anthems.

Although it looked like a men's world during the launch, Lady Squanda could have none of it and within a few minutes she was given the microphone and gave a good account of herself.

The icing on the cake, however, was the main man, Guspy Warrior whose performance revealed that the show was indeed his.

His performance was impressive and with the help of the Mix Master, DJ Garry B, he managed to surpass the pace that had been set by supporting artistes.

"The album consists of 14 tracks and some of them have already made it to the airwaves. I took my time on it and it is obvious that I have matured as an artiste.

"My decision to launch it in my home area comes at a time when I feel I want to give back to the community for the overwhelming support they have showed me in my musical career," he said.

Guspy Warrior, however, reassured fans that his collaboration with his father, gospel legend Machanic Manyeruke, would be launched at a later date arguing that he did not want the event to overshadow his new album.

"The Godfather", Templeman, who was visibly impressed by the show, commended ghetto youths for coming through for one of their own.

"The show was a huge success and as you can see, the ghetto is in full support of dancehall music.

"We have never had so many people for a single album launch and this reflects growth of not only the artiste but the dancehall genre as a whole," he said.

Templeman added that Zimbabwe's dancehall music had spread across the country.

"Zim dancehall is all over the radio, in commuter omnibuses, on people's mobile phones and even beyond the geographical borders.

"We have come of age, since the King of Reggae, Bob Marley, ignited the spirit on our Independence Day.

"Since then we have had pioneers like the late John Chibadura, Thomas Mapfumo whose music had elements of reggae.

"The likes of Major E, Uncle Jahunda and Potato played a part in redefining dance hall with their lyrical wizardry," he said.

As is always the norm, underdogs had their five minutes of fame while rubbing shoulders with the seasoned artistes. In this category, Victoria Fall-based Vic Vado, Elda Tifta K from Chisumbanje, General Waspi from Kwekwe had their time to shine though it was short.

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