Zim dancehall outfit, Judgement Yard heads to Windhoek
Windhoek- Zimdancehall is a Zimbabwean music genre with roots in the Jamaican tradition of reggae. The genre is known for its hard hitting lyrics which often encompass social commentary on issues like poverty, unemployment and drug abuse, according to Pindula, a website dedicated to the promotion of the genre in the Southern African country.
The genre took off after Jamaican reggae icon Bob Marley and The Wailers performed in Zimbabwe’s capital Harare on the eve of Zimbabwe’s independence from the British on April 17, 1980.
Artistes like Booker T, Major E, Malvin Sithole and Potato are considered the pioneers of reggae and dancehall in that country during the late 1990s. But the current crop of Zimdancehall acts like Winky D, Soul Jah Love, King Labash, Badman, Killer T and Sej Calaz are the household names in the now popular genre in Zimbabwe.
Despite living far from home, Zimbabweans living in Namibia can look forward to savour the reggae sound. The popular Zimbabwean reggae dancehall outfit, the Judgement Yard is performing on the night as the guest acts on the “Zim Night” at Kin Lounge in Windhoek on March 20.
And Namibian-based, Zimbabwean ebullient young dancehall fanatic, DJ December will be on the deck, according to event organiser John Muluti.
“The Zimbabwe night will be celebrating the heritage of Zim dancehall music alongside dancehall from all over the world,” Muluti said.
“The Judgement Yard Sound is a dancehall movement with roots hailing from Jamaica. They are well known in the dancehall fraternity having done shows all over the world namely England, South Africa, Canada and many others,’’ said Muluti.
The group is made of four Djs – Etherton Beenie, Dj Flevah, Asha B and Too Bad.
Muluti emphasised that DJ December has been active in the Namibian entertainment industry, having brought into the country popular DJs including Uhuru, Oskido, Heavy K, Busiswa, DJ Shimza and this time around he will introduce the Judgement Yard Sound for the first time to Namibia.
“The night is about ‘Zim night’ but we should not forget that in Namibia it would be independence Eve, so we will also have some of Namibia’s finest DJs, DJ Chinchilla and DJ KFC perform,’’ said Muluti.
Muluti explained that the night will have a lot of other attractions taking place such as a dancehall dancing competition, in the mix and many surprises.