Top 10 greatest Zimdancehall songs of all time

Top 10 greatest Zimdancehall songs of all time

Zimdancehall music commands a huge following in Zimbabwe. The genre is popular in the high-density suburbs and it has earned fame for its caricature and striking lyrics, which resemble the lifestyle of most Zimbabwean youths. 

The genre draws much from Jamaican reggae/dancehall and has over the years enjoyed massive popularity. One of the reasons for its growing popularity is the stiff competition among artists. For some, they were only as good as their last song but for a few others, longevity in the game has been made possible through consistently churning out hit after hit.

While it may be true that the best is yet to come, fans have been treated to different talents and along the way some hits have been made. A number of artistes stormed the charts with songs which have made an impact on the music scene. Khanyi Play chronicles the Top 10 greatest Zimdancehall hits. These are classics in that they became anthems either on the airwaves, pubs or clubs. 

Now a list of this nature was impossible if we had to include multiple songs from one artist. The list would run past 500 easily. Soul Jah Love and Winky D alone can easily reach 100 hits combined. Such has been the prolific nature of Zimdancehall. So our list is by no means exhaustive but represent songs that either represented an era of the music, launched an artist or created a massive conversation.

Some of these artists portrayed a lot of significance like staging a great career comeback , lyrical prowess , Consistent discography, world class accolades, giving the crowds hits and even representing the genre at the biggest level in Africa.

Musarova Bigman – Winky D

The song was a huge success for Winky D whose real name is Wallace Chirimuko. There were a lot of endorsements and shows coming his way including his debut appearance at the Harare International Festival of the Arts’ Main Stage, a tour in Australia where female fans kissed his shoes and a performance at the Akon/Sean Paul double bill. Winky D then assumed the titles “Ninja President” and “Messi weReggae”.

Ndini uya uya – Soul Jah Love

Soul Jah Luv made a musical breakthrough in 2012 with the song Ndini uya uya. All Zimbabwean radio stations played the song, and he landed on the top of the Zimbabwean charts for several weeks. In 2013 he won two awards at the Zim Dancehall Awards ("Best Collaboration with Shinsoman" and "Best Upcoming Artist").

Mhai – Tocky Vibes

After he failed to make it while he was still with Vigilance, Tocky soldiered on and his big breakthrough came when he released the song “Mhai”. More than anything else it was the clean lyrics which made him popular. The song was a big hit and it top charted for weeks on radio stations. This is one song that solidified Tocky Vybes as one of the best Zimbabwean talent to date.

Joina City – Freeman

The HKD boss made a grand entrance in the music scene with the single "Joina City" and he hasn’t looked back. It was a big hit and besides announcing his entrance on the music scene, the song popularised the Joina City building in the capital as a meeting place. 

Mawaya Waya – Shinsoman

A talented youngster who worked hard to gain recognition since his days with Heshi Mufeshi record label. Shinsoman is known for his husky voice which makes him stand out. On “Mawaya Waya” he proved that he was no pushover and claimed his pot in Zim dancehall. 

Takangodaro- Killah T 

This is one controversial song which many Zimdancehall fans feel was robbed from a lot of awards. The song was released in 2016 and became an instant hit because of its relatable lyrics to the ghetto youths. It charted top on local radio stations and attracted endosements towards the dancehall star. Killer T however lost the National Arts Merit Awards (Nama) award for the Song of the Year to Jah Prayzah's "Mudhara Achauya". This sparked debate and fans still argue that this was a steal from Killah T's blockbuster "Takangodaro" which was an anthem for ghetto youths.

Mumota murikubvira - Seh Calaz

In 2013 Seh Calaz began his career with the song "Mabhanditi" which went viral in slums but was not played by radio stations. It was only his song Mumota Murikubvira that made it and topped radio charts. That year, Seh Calaz was voted Best Male Dancehall Artist at the King of Dancehall Competition. In the same year Seh Calaz joined forces with Jamaican chanter Turbulence and did a remix of "Mumota Murikubvira".

Munodonhedza Musika- Boom Betto 

Although Boom Berto is considered a one hit wonder, this song hit waves and it gained him popularity. He recorded "Munodonhedza Musika" in 2016 off the Stage Riddim produced by Levelz. Explaining the meaning of the lyrics in the song in an interview, Boom Beto said the song is clean and that it is about the natural beauty of women. The song birthed some of the popular slangs used the ghetto to praise a woman's beauty.

Kanjiva- Enzo Ishall

"Kanjiva" made waves in the world of music. The song which was recorded on the Avion riddim by Dj Tamuka and Levels played on top radio stations like BBC1 Xtra. The song debuted on Dj Edu’s DNA Top Five Show at number 5 behind Navy Kenzo’s Katika featuring Diamond Platinamz, Mr Eazi-Keys to the city, Prince Kaybee-Banomona and Stone bwoy featuring Sean Paul-Most Original.The song was popularised by its dance which also goes by the same name. 

Hello Mwari- Jah Master

"Hello Mwari" featured on NashTV's Nash Nation Riddim 3 competition where artists were competing for USD$3,000. The song's popularity shot up gaining 1 million views on YouTube within 2 weeks. The song became so popular on social media, it spawned a "Hello Mwari Challenge" where people would post videos of them lip-syncing the song.