Winky D (real name Wallace Chirumiko) is an award-winning Zimbabwe Dancehall artist popularly known as the Ninja President.
He is most known for his hit songs Musarove Bigman, Disappear, Ngirozi, Panorwadza Moyo (a collaboration with Oliver Mtukudzi), Kasong keJecha and Mugarden a collaboration with Gemma Griffiths.
He was born Wallace Chirumiko on the 1 February 1983 in Harare’s Kambuzuma suburb. Winky D is married and has managed to keep his personal life to himself.
His young brother is Trevor Chirumiko who is affectionately known as Layaan Soulja is a producer as well as a television and radio presenter.
He went to Rukudzo Primary School and later Kambuzuma High 1 School.
Winky D, became interested in music when he was 8 and took pleasure in collecting reggae audio tapes and vinyls.
When he was 16, he performed at the Ghetto Lane Clashes which were DJ battles meant to showcase the best emerging talent. He instantly made fans as he continued participating in similar platforms.
It was from these shows where he earned the name ‘Wicked Deejay’ which was shortened to Winky D for his powerful lyrics. When he started recording, his music had explicit lyrics and extolled violence, gangsterism, and promiscuity. He however changed and started singing gospel music from 2013, and songs urging youths to shun using drugs.
Having been born in the ghetto, his music speaks about the everyday struggles of a ghetto child. He devoted his music to poor people’s trials and tribulations and pursuit of happiness.
In February 2015, he unleashed his 2015’s theme which is based on releasing singles. He however faced numerous set-backs when he was deserted by some of his band members.
He outclassed his arch rival, Seh Calaz at the Harare International Carnival’s Zimdancehall night which was held in the Harare Gardens in May 2014.
Winky D has been celebrated by many young Zimdancehall artists for being one of the pioneers of the genre in the country. He is also one of the long-serving musicians in the industry with more than a decade of experience, He has also performed in different continents such as Europe and the Americas.
In 2015, Winky D’s fame soared with the release of the album Gafa Life which featured the song Disappear. The album was produced by new producer at the time Oskid. The song topped the charts in Zimbabwe and was also in the BBC Radio 1 Extra Destination Africa Top 5. The song won both the NAMA 2016 Best song of year and Zimdancehall Awards 2016 Song of the year awards.
The song spurned a lot of cover versions on the internet by fans as well as other artists like Tariro neGitare.
Winky was endorsed to be the goodwill ambassador of the PSI Zimbabwe in the male circumcision campaign in 2011. He has appeared on various television commercials and on radio stations campaigning for male circumcision as part of the organization’s agenda to reduce HIV and AIDS.
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