Edwin Nhukarume, Entertainment Reporter
DANCEHALL superstar Wallace “Winky D” Chirumiko has outshone other big names in the African dancehall scene after scooping the Best Dancehall Artist award at African Entertainment Awards USA held on Sunday.
Winky D was competing with African giants in Dancehall such as Shatta Wale, Patoranking, Bebe Cool, Stonebwoy, Samini and other nominees were Jose Chameleone, Prince Bright, Navy Kenzo and Sheebah Karungi.
The award has come as a huge success for the dancehall star who had close to two decades mainly dominating in the local music industry.
He has also been making inroads on the regional and international market with some of his songs getting recognition outside Zimbabwe.
This year, Winky D featured in top 10 of best African dancehall artistes on three different African websites which include Africa Facts Zone and African Music Promotion.
His songs Njema, Ijipita and Chandelier also got into some charts outside Zimbabwe.
The album Njema also became number one on Amazon world sales in the reggae albums category and number four on all albums on January 1.
Winky D, who could not hide his happiness had to express his gratitude to the fans for the support.
“Maniiiiiiinja…. Happy yacho can’t hide. Winky D DiBigman wins BEST DANCEHALL ARTIST AWARD.
“Special thanks to everyone who casted their votes. We bring it #Home. #Raggamusambo,” posted Winky D on social media.
Winky D has also recently released three songs on a mini album titled Ragga Musambo Triology which carries songs such as Reply, David and Goliath and Ragga Musambo.
The song Reply accompanied by a video has set the record locally with most views in 24 hours.
The song David and Goliath has also been welcomed by hardcore dancehall fans who reminisced the days when Winky D rocked the streets with hardcore dancehall.
Meanwhile, international dancehall King, Bennie Man, has also endorsed David and Goliath and Ragga Musambo.