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Fans react to Winky D’s ‘Happy Again’

Winky D, born Wallace Chirumiko is a multi-award winning ZimDancehall artist, popularly known as Dancehall Igwe, Ninja President and Gafa among other stage names. Winky has just released a new single after a while. The song premiered yesterday on YouTube.

I’ve just watched the newly released video and I must say it’s quite a surprise. I’ve known Winky D as this very energetic Dancehall King. ‘Happy Again’ is quite different from Happiest Man, Ijipita, Reply, Njema, Ragga Msambo, Rudo Harurove and all his previous work. But, different doesn’t mean bad. It doesn’t mean low quality.

Another surprise is the language used in the track, ‘Happy Again’ is sung in English and not once did I hear the word ‘gafa’. This must be a first for Gafa.

Even though it lacks his usual ‘Gafaness’, it delivers the message. The video was directed by Shawn Ray and its theme is not at all new, ‘Happy Again’ is a love song that says money doesn’t buy love. ‘If I say I love you girl and you say you love me too, we can be happy again‘ The video has the same old ‘princess and pauper’ theme, ‘rich girl, poor boy’, ‘black poor boy, white rich girl’, Romeo and Juliet kinda story, it’s just another typical fairy tale that ends in happily ever after.

However, the use of Gemma (the rich white girl) in the video, has been described as ‘the white girl fixation’ by multi-award winning Zimbabwean author, film maker and activist, Tsitsi Dangarembga in a tweet that enraged the Gafa President fans.

Well, there’s is nothing wrong with doing things differently. Is this a new Winky D, or is it just a once off surprise? All in all, ‘Happy Again’ is a beautifully penned, well laid out track that anyone, anywhere can listen to and love. It might miss the elements of the Gafa but is still a masterpiece.

The video has almost 400k views after 20hrs of its release and Winky D is trending on Twitter here in South Africa since last night. Over 6000 viewers watched the premiere of the song yesterday, yes, he is still Igwe.

Do I see some similarities with Jah Prayzah?

About Constance van Niekerk

Constance van Niekerk, (Connie V) is a creative writer, poet, music lover, spoken word artist, freelance writer, blogger and educator. She has contributed to several anthologies and published her own collection, Echoes of My Heart: A Poetry Collection available for purchase on all Amazon Stores Worldwide. Follow her on Twitter : @convanniekerk Connect with her on Facebook and Linkedin.


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