11 April 2018
GREETINGS H-Metro readers and fun loving people.
It’s an honour contributing in this column in my own capacity as a producer, vocalist radio presenter.
Many know me as Winky D’s younger brother and artiste and I have seen quite a lot in this musical journey spanning over a decade.
This opportunity has come in time ahead of the launch of our 11th album titled Gombwe to be launched at HICC on February 2. To find more about my musical journey, read on…
My real name is Trevor Chirumiko.
I was born on the 17th of April 1988 being the last born in a family of six – five boys and a girl.
In showbiz, many a fan knows me by the moniker Layaan Soulja, the younger brother to Winky D.
I attended Rukudzo Primary in Kambuzuma Section 2 before I enrolled at Marlborough High for my secondary education.
I attained six subjects at “O” Level but I could not proceed with education due to the economic challenges in 2004.
My dad Peter Chirumiko died in 1989 when I was a year old and my mother Esnath Chirumiko is still alive.
As a producer, stage manager and backing vocalist at Vigilance Band (under the directorship of Winky D), I hope to be a trendsetter in whatever I do and also groom young talent.
If all goes according to plan, I wish to set up a state of the art music studio to help both seasoned and upcoming artistes reach their potential.
I have done almost everything expected of a ghetto yute like playing street soccer (hweshe) though I was not good.
I would join other boys for swimming at nearby streams and I would always get in trouble with my parents.
At school, I was naughty and the shortest in our class but I was known for being a noise maker.
My passion for music started around 2004 at Black Records in Kambuzuma after finishing my O level.
I had a songbook and went on to record a number of dancehall singles even though they didn’t make an impact.
As a producer, I started in 2006 and I was largely self-taught even though I went on to perfect my art on the Internet.
I have produced and co-produced 80 percent of Winky D’s tracks. I also produced the first Zim dancehall album – Igofigo – which was voted Outstanding Album at the National Arts Merit Awards 2011.
Besides Winky D’s works, I have also produced a Zim Dancehall riddim titled Cashlance with Cashlibs which featured top chanters among them Soul Jah Love, Winky D, Tocky Vibes, T Makwikwi, Ras Caleb among others.
WINKY D IMPACT
I have been working with my brother Winky D from the genesis of his career at Black Lab Records featuring him in a number of projects especially Luxpin, Awareness and Flea Market riddim.
In 2007, produced one of the popular riddim titled Bigger than Mountain and Gugu Gaga.
As for my brother’s personality, I can safely say he is a dedicated person, unpredictable, patient, humble and talented.
He doesn’t take meat, smoke or drink liquor.
He is a strict vegetarian and a loving father of one kid Taenda aged four.
I was and am still being inspired by my brother Winky D in everything I do as a producer.
Whenever I’m down he is always there for me and he also plays a fatherly figure to me since I lost my dad like I earlier indicated.
Internationally, I was inspired by Dr Dre and Don Corleon.
Since we started this movement, I can safely say we have made an impact as we managed to set new trends
We started off playing backtracks and later assembled a band in 2012. In 2014, we made history as the first group to form a digital band which has made an impact to this day.
Like any other group, we also complement our audios with videos and a lot is in the pipeline.
Some of the videos we have done over the years include Rugare featuring Buffalo Souljah, My Woman featuring Beenie and Disappear among others.
There are more videos coming and we have new videos coming.
I have heard people trying to compare us with Jah Prayzah but I think the two are completely different artistes.
However, people are entitled to their opinions and only time will show that artistes are never the same no matter what.
We are actually in good books with every artistes, Jah Prayzah included.
ZIM DANCEHALL MOVEMENT
As for the Zim dancehall movement, we are stagnant and I feel there is need for more effort by artistes.
It appears monotony has killed the genre and there is need for creativity among chanters to make an impact.
Around 2014-15, Zim dancehall was on its peak but right now we are stagnant and there is need for artistes to pull up their socks if we are to make an impact.
I am in love with a beautiful and loving woman. If all goes according to plan, I will marry and settle with her.
However, I am having a problem with other ladies who are throwing themselves at me and I ended up changing my cellphone number to avoid temptations.
I just love my one and only lady that I have been dating since 2013 to this day.
We have amassed a number of awards while making a solid brand remains one of our biggest achievements.
In fact, I don’t want to include material possessions as one of the achievements.
Musically, we have also managed to build a brand that we hope we will be cherished for years as we seek to leave a legacy.
We are currently wrapping up our 11th album titled Gombwe to be launched on the 2nd of February at HICC.
The album launch will also coincide with Winky D’s 35th birthday, which is also a special day for him and his fans.
We invite old and new fans to show up in numbers at this launch.
On a parting shot, I would like to thank my family, media (both print and electronic), music promoters, sponsors and of course our fans who have made our brand to be what it is today.
I also want to thank my brother Winky D, manager Jonathan Banda and fellow workmates at Vigilance camp.
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