Zimbabwe: State-Run Media Was Ordered to Shut Out Winky D – Staffers Claim – No Radio, TV Presence for Dancehall Chanter Since Launch of Eureka Eureka

SENIOR staffers at state-run ZBC, Zimpapers and its radio station Staf FM have confirmed an unwritten order for them to shut out dancehall artiste Winky D.

According to some producers, the decision came a few weeks after he launched his Eureka Eureka album on December 31 last year.

Eureka Eureka carries some of the most hard-hitting songs Zimbabwe’s ruling Zanu PF party has had to endure. One of its affiliates, Economic Empowerment Group (EEG) even called on state security and censorship boards to bar him from performing within the country.

“His music promotes hate speech to others, as you can see our President is trying to make everything well from the airport, Beitbridge border post, e-passports. Everything has changed so far,” said EEG.

“For now, Winky D must be teaching us good about our leaders, but he acts as if he is used to tarnish and insult our nation.

“As ghetto youths we are not happy. Haungaunganidzi mayouth anozadza ground rese kuti irwai, bvisai vakuru. That is conspiracy, so we do not allow it. We want him banned from performing his music because he does not teach us anything until he starts singing for development.”

Speaking to NewZimbabwe.com, producers at Pockets Hill said they had been told not to play his music and although they understood why they could not question it.

“You will not hear Winky D being played on ZBC’s radio stations, that is impossible. We were given clear instructions not to play him and although we knew why we were being given such orders we could not question,” said one of the producers.