Rumbidzai Rambanapasi and Rose Siduna
TALENTED Zim dancehall chanter Jiggaz has shifted his focus from music to theatre due to stiff competition which has made it less lucrative.
In an interview with H-Metro, the chanter, born George Tanjani, said music has not been paying due to competition.
He however noted that he has not entirely left music but mainly focuses on theatre and is part of the Patsime project, an organisation that grooms actors.
“The reason why I chose to make a transition to theatre is that Zim-Dancehall has not been paying much that is why I have decided to shift to theatre,” he said.
Asked to comment on whether he has wholly withdrawn from the music fraternity, Jiggaz noted that he has only abandoned Zim dancehall to embark on the original dancehall genre better known as ‘helmet’.
He noted that the genre is not yet popular in Zimbabwe hence he has chosen to stick to theatre instead.
“I’m trying to shift from Zim dancehall to the ‘helmet session’ where we do exactly what the Jamaicans do.
“The only problem is that the genre is not yet popular in Zimbabwe,” revealed Jiggaz.
To date, the Glen Norah bred chanter has won the prestigious NAMA gong for his role in the locally produced drama, Decorder.
He is also part of the Patsime cast which has him being a regular performer at the newly inaugurated Jason Mphepo theatre located in Eastlea, Harare.
His music career dates back to 2002 and he recorded his first album in 2004.
To date, he has six albums to his name which are; from my heart, coin, vakatiti takushaina, survivor and lastly, the very best of Jiggaz.
Jiggaz has his stable called ‘The Antidote’ which has seen the emergence of some artists like Smartex and the popular Spiderman who took the industry by storm in at a tender age.
He however lamented the future of the music and film industry which he said has been strangled by piracy and lack of appreciation for local content as people are consuming foreign material.
He revealed that it has been the major drawback as there are limited funds for the resuscitation of the local industry.
“We are way back in terms of shaping our own music industry as piracy is rife and we also have a situation whereby people lack appreciation for theatre.
“Unless that has been corrected the industry will go nowhere,” he said.