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Gweru dancehall muso video goes viral

GWERU-based dancehall artiste Lewaz Skattah’s profile on the local dancehall scene continues to rise in leaps and bounds.
Just a couple of months after releasing his second album Quarter to 12, the energetic artiste has scored yet another first in his career by releasing

the video to his sizzling number Varikuda Kundi Curser which features on his latest offing.
This also comes barely a month after the 25-year-old artiste returned home from a successful tour of Botswana, South Africa and Mozambique. Lewaz Skattah’s tour, which ended in Mozambique in December last year, was aimed at promoting his latest 12-track album, which features the song Varikuda Kundi Curser.

The video was shot in Durban, South Africa, by Pachedu Media and was directed by Enock “Smolz” Buranda. Since the video was released and posted on You Tube earlier this month, its popularity has soared and to date the video has received over 1 626 hits.
After witnessing the video’s growing popularity on You Tube, the Gweru-born artiste has now set his eyes on Channel O.

“I think I have gained a lot of confidence that my music can take over the country and the continent. I have posted my video on You Tube and the number of hits it has received have inspired me to try and take the video to Channel O.

“I’m confident the video will be played on Channel O if I take it there. The quality is superb and I’m confident it meets their standards in terms of quality,” he said.

During his tour which began on 10 September in Botswana Lewaz Skattah performed at Botswana’s independence gig in Jwaneng town, at Club Sticks where he left revellers asking for more of his energetic performances.

Tracks that rocked Botswana fans include Varikuda Kundi Curser, Pakudanana from his latest piece and Unolumila from his earlier works, which is the anthem among Skattah’s fans in Gweru.

His top drawer performances in Botwana earned him recognition in the Southern African country where some of his songs are making waves on local radio stations. Lewz Skattah’s Beat Dem Bdad which features another Gweru based artiste Mr Flirt is a constant feature on Dj Mickey D’s Gabs FM reggae show every Tuesday and Thursday.

After the Botswana gig, Lewaz Skattah proceeded to South Africa in Durban where he performed at a gig dubbed Durban Unity bash held at Scalla’s Café on 5 October last year. In Durban Lewaz Skattah reunited with forgotten urban grooves artistes Terminator, TK Hollan and Dozen 12 who are now based in Durban.

The Gweru-based artiste also got an opportunity of doing collaborations with South African-based Zimbabwean artistes. One of the collaborations he did with TK Hollan, which is titled Real Love, is due for release in February this year. In South Africa, Skattah performed in Johannesburg and Pretoria where he again dished out stellar performances before he rounded off his tour with performances in Mozambique.

He speaks about his tour.
“The tour was great. It served as an eye opener and created a lot of avenues for me. I managed to take my music to a number of radio stations in the three countries I toured and I’m glad the songs are being played on air. The tour also helped me link up with a number of artistes with whom I did collaborations which will be released in the near future. It also helped me improve on my performances and I think after the tour I emerged a better artiste”.

Skattah is not new on the scene. He released his debut album titled H-Hour in 2010 which did not do well on the market and did not receive much air play on local radio stations. His latest offing has, however, opened a new chapter in his career as his hard work has begun paying off.

Quarter to 12 has so far been doing well on local radio stations with songs such as Varikuda Kundi Curser, Havatimise and Pakudanana regularly featuring on Garry B’s show on Star FM. Lewaz Skattah believes that his latest album will put him up there where Winky D, Shinsoman, Freeman, Killer T and a host of other local dancehall acts are.

The country’s dancehall music scene, aptly dubbed Zimdancehall, has witnessed a phenomenal growth over the past few years with a number of artistes emerging to take the country by storm.

Winky D, Shinsoman, Freeman, Lady Squanda, Guspy Warrior, Bounty Lissa, Legion and Killer T just to name a few are some of the artistes holding their own in local dancehall music.
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