KING Shaddy is one of the country most talented chanters who over the years has managed to remain relevant in the game.
H-Metro’s Nyasha Kada (NK) caught up with the Highfield based multi-talented artiste who recently released his new song entitled Mugoti featuring rapper T Gonzi for a flash back talk and the forthcoming Uhuru celebrations. Read more…
NK: When did you start singing and when was your breakthrough.
KS: I started in 2003 and my breakthrough was in 2004 with the song Makanika.
NK: What has been your biggest record since you started singing?
KS: I respect Chipanera because ndakashandisa too much art sekutaura kunoita vanhu but Mai Huni yakazopisisisa.
NK: What role did Extra Large play in your music career?
KS: The guys are like my brothers they paved a way for me and I am forever grateful for that.
They introduced me to so many important people like Mac Dee and they would include me at the shows till I gained a name for myself.
I have so much respect for Jimmy and Norman.
I also want to thank my brother Kwarire Kwarire for selling his toilet sit he had bought to be installed but rather resold it so that I could record my first song.
He believes in me very much.
I can’t forget Ronnie Bere who was the manager at Sports Diner back in the day. He also believed in and would include me in a number of shows.
NK: What is your most memorable show?
KS: Masvingo KwaBucho,it was my first show outside Harare. I was happy because I didn’t know that I had such a big following out of town.
Big up Bucho, nuff respect.
NK: About your UK ban, any chances of you going back?
KS: Yes, I severed my 10-year ban and I’m ready to go for a tour but I just don’t want to deal with any promoter this time around.
NK: What really happened for you to be banned?
KS: I don’t even know what really happened, I did nothing wrong.
I went there and came back and everything was well but when I wanted to return for a second time they told me it’s not possible and was being accused of deception.
Other people tell me it could be the promoters did illegal stuff or there was a fight between certain promoters, I don’t know.
Mongoziya varoyi havashaikwe panoitiuka zvinhu.
There are many promoters that want me there but I don’t know who to trust now.
NK: Do you blame anyone?
KS: I just blame the promoters and I urge them to settle problems or whatever the right way because as an artiste I survive through music. I was caught in the crossfire of something I don’t know and it ended up me being banned.
NK: What would you say is your current state/position in local dancehall at the moment?
KS: The fans have the say and one thing I know is people love King Shaddy, I see it every time I go for shows.
I ill only fade when I rest in my grave as King Shaddy but the music will continue to live on and play.
NK: What would you say to critics that say King Shaddy has faded?
KS: I don’t even know the definition yekupera because I am only getting started.
If people still like the music and I still get shows then I am still relevant.
My music still plays on many radio stations the new and the old so I really know what more they want for me to show my relevance.
I still win awards, I scooped 2 awards last year.
One was the best performer at MMAA awards in Masvingo and the other one was the most disciplined Zim dancehall artiste.
NK: Are u surviving from music? Besides music what else are you doing?
I do shows every weekend last weekend, and I manage to survive from my earnings besides that tiri makorokoza ka isu tinoita zvakawanda.
I’m a mini cooper specialist and painter by profession, also a footballer zvakawanda zvatinoita semakorokoza, chamuka inyama.
NK: You and football, tell us about that relationship?
KS: I was born a footballer, before I knew I could sing every team I played I was captain.
I played with some of the players like Ben Nyahunzi, Denver Mukamba, Ali Sadiki and now I’m only playing for social team for the Zim Musicians FC and I am the team captain.
People I played with still ask me why I left soccer.
NK: Your word for upcoming artists?
KS: Always choose the right way to success no matter how long becxause the foundation is what matters.
NK: Are there any regrets in your musical journey?
KS: Obvious, there have been many ups and downs but to be honest God is always by my side so I fear not.
NK: What’s do understand about Zimbabwe independence and as an artiste how have you benefited from it?
KS: As a musician, I am aware that I am a carrier of influence, whether it not I am aware of it and whether I not I intend to be.
The sound messages we release through our art form directly impacts on our listeners in powerful ways.
This is especially true for the youth and adolescent of our society, who are still extremely malleable to the world around them.
I believe that those who really love and care about music are the ones who grew up listening to the songs that touches them and spoke to them profoundly.
As professional musicians, it’s no doubt that so many of us can identify with music being keen agent in shaping the person a have become over the years.
This in return, it’s almost out unspoken job to create a sound that will be amplified to the best generation, impacting them, impacting our society in return.
As a musician I take inspiration from some artist who sang before independence how they conveyed their message and how they helped the soldiers to through the dark times using their God given talents.
As a post-independence artist I have had the opportunity to express myself in more ways than the artist before me because I am a free man.
I’m thankful to the people who made an effort for Zimbabwe to be a free nation, I can now relate to different social groups which has had a positive impact in that out music can go get and beyond unlike when we were suppressed and under colonial rule.
The society has accepted us for different social gathering including weddings, anniversaries parties etc.
Professionally I have had the opportunity to be more creative and express my vision and my ideas through music it has been a great honour to have been a reggae/dancehall musician post-independence taking in consideration the fact that in 1980 the Great Bob Marley was invited for the independence celebration.
The genre I am part of supports love unity and peace and that is my priority as a musician to promote love peace and unity post-independence while honouring those who were there before us, before independence who paved the way for us .
We have been accepted and supported by the society and it remains a target to give the people and the nation at large music that reminds them that we are a free nation we have one love we promote peace.
NK: Thank you for your time.
KS: Kalamali kalamali.