Producer spreads Zimdancehall

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Producer spreads Zimdancehall Godfrey “Mr Gee” Kumusedyu


Latwell Nyangu

SOUTH Africa-based producer, Godfrey “Mr Gee” Kumusedyu, is spreading Zimdancehall across the country’s borders.

Mr Gee, whose musical journey started around 1999, moved to South Africa in 2004.

“In 2005, we realised that there wasn’t a lot of Zim music playing in SA,” he said.

“We started playing at Solly Bar, which became known as Mashona Bar, along with Wisdom Muswaka, aka DJ Wizzy.

“We were the only duo playing Zim music as we played sungura, urban grooves and incorporated it with Hip hop, RnB and dancehall.

“Around 2012, we moved to Egoli which became the hub of Zim Dancehall, we played Zim Dancehall, Urban Grooves, Sungura, RnB and all genres,  with Saturday being a Dancehall night.

“I then met Eman (the Reggae Ambassador) who had some ideas of bringing artists from Zim and this gave birth to the initiative,” he said.

Added Mr Gee:

“We then brought Ricky Fire to Egoli, as our first act.

“Before that I also met other promoters like Tongai Mbidzo, who brought Oliver Mtukudzi, Mdara Roger (RIP) and Mukanya and Silent Killer, who brought Jah Prayzah in 2010, on his first SA show.

“We did our own small gigs with Eman and Reason aka Big Fadda.

“We brought Soul Jah Love for his debut SA show, Seh Calaz, Killer Tee, Shinsoman, and a lot other artists.”

He introduced Chibhodoro Night in Braamfontein.

“We brought artists like Hwindi President, Kabhidhah, Jah Signal, Jah Master for their first SA shows.

“I have been fortunate to have had the chance to play with all the legends and work with the biggest promoters in SA including Tongai Mbidzo, Ashaz One Love Movement, Mdara Roger of Boksburg Hotel, GNP Promotions, Jah Seed Admiral, who also took a chance and pushed Zim Dancehall.

“I still do my events where I bring Zim Dancehall artists and I want to give credit to all these guys with whom we built the foundation in SA.”

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