The Herald (Harare)

8 February 2013

Zimbabwe: Winky D'S After-Party Valentine Date

Winky D Embraces Sungura ( Resource: Winky D - Sungura audio

REGGAE/DANCEHALL singer Winky D is expected to serenade music lovers on Valentine's Day after-party at the upmarket Circus nightclub starting at 6pm.The gig scheduled for February 16 will see Winky D aka the Ninja President going head-to-head with well-known club disc jockeys among them Smoove, TK Beats, Vjay and Storm, who is one time Sprite Dj of the Year.

Coming hot on the heels of a successful pre-Valentine's Day gig at the joint, the after-party coincides with D&L Entertainment's third anniversary.

Apparently D&L stands for Dee Nosh and L Roy, two of the most sought-after Djs on the club scene who started rocking the decks during the days when Stars Studio was the place to be.

It has been three years now and D&L have rocked most dance floors drawing huge crowds to their shows.

L Roy has since joined Power FM where he is the main man during the popular lunchtime listening slot. He also hosts a youth television programme called "YTG" (Young Talented and Gifted) which airs on Saturdays.

When it comes to mixing and scratching on the decks, nobody compares to L Roy.

He has also won the Lion Lager DJ Contest, a feat which many of his contemporaries are yet to achieve.

Dee Nosh has been there and done that. He is popularly known for his versatility and steady rocking on the decks.

According to Dee Nosh real name Kudzai Matondo, they were bringing Winky D to liven up things at the party.

"Every year we host a traditional party to celebrate D&L as an entertainment company. And this time we have decided to do things differently by bringing Zimbabwe's king of the dancehall, the Ninja President or the Bigiman.

"There is going to be lots of stuff happening at the club with guest appearances from other club DJs in the likes of Smoove, Storm and TK Beats. As you might be aware, when we started D&L, Star Studio became a hit and now we are now at Circus and already big things are happening there," he said.

For those not in the know, Winky D started his career as a DJ and later swapped the decks for the microphone using backtracks but soon realised that this did not go down well with his audiences and the ever-changing trends in show business.

He soon abandoned the idea as this did not give him the flexibility he needed during live shows and came up with the Vigilance Band, which features his young brother Layan Musoja.

Winky D is one of the few if not the first dancehall artiste to try out live band though initially this was risky but worth it.

This he confirmed in the song "Wakasara" where he talks about using the guitars instead of backtracks.

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