History makers, putting the Zimbabwe on the music map, healing souls with inspirational lyrics all at the same time. Zimbabwe has had world acclaimed musicians ! The likes of Thomas Mapfumo, Oliver Mtukudzi and Chiwoniso Maraire. These artists have made their mark and made names for themselves in the music industry. From the proudly Zimbabwean sound to the lyrical content that is so deep and makes you want to sit down and rethink all your life decisions, mind you this can be a dance song, these artists are the chosen ones.
The new school have a lot of work to do until they deserve to be on this list. For now here’s who made the cut on our Big Five Zimbabwe musicians in 2021
Winky D (born Wallace Chirumiko in Kambuzuma, Harare, Zimbabwe, on 1 February 1983) is a Zimbabwean reggae-dancehall artist, known popularly as “The Big Man” (stylized as “Di Bigman”), and also known as Dancehall Igwe, Gaffa, Proffesor etc. He is often considered the Zimdancehall pioneer.
Mukudzeyi Mukombe (born July 4, 1987), who performs under the stage name Jah Prayzah, is a Zimbabwean contemporary musician and lead member of the band Third Generation.His most notable work was a collaboration with award-winning Tanzanian artist Diamond Platnumz on his hit song “Watora Mari”,which reached over a million views on YouTube in less than a month after its release.
Alick Macheso is one of the original pioneers of sungura music. He is one of Africa’s greatest guitarists and best selling artists.Whether he is singing about marriage troubles or life hardships, you’re bound to step on to the dance floor and break a sweat.
Pastor Charles Charamba is one of the best selling artists of gospel music in Zimbabwe. He made it big in the early 2000s and has remained consistent with his career. He has toured around Europe and the United States and most of Southern African countries.
Holy Ten real name Mukudzei Chitsama has fast become a trendsetter in the local hip hop scene with his music’s rich lyrical content.
He was nominated in twelve categories breaking the record for the most nominated in the history of the Changamire Festival awards since their inception in 2016.
Holy Ten is famed for his conscious music that advocates for the girl child and speaks against societal ills like drug abuse.
His newest offering ‘Machills’ has bagged over 240 000 YouTube views in less than a week since its release.
Last year he released Ndaremerwa, a depiction of how local youths are falling into drug abuse as a result of the socio-economic crisis in the country.
In what exposes his soft spot for the girl child, Holy Ten also penned Amai and Kumba Kune Vanhu where he laid bare the struggles that lead young girls into sex work.
Since he effectively announced his presence on the local music scene last year, he has proven to have a knack of using his imposing voice and slick wordplay to channel a narrative of change.
One only hopes the messages Holy Ten is sending are reaching intended audiences and changing lives for the better aside from invoking mixed emotions among music lovers.