Sharon Kavhu Arts Correspondent
Multi-Award-winning reggae chanter Buffalo Souljah (real name Thabani Ndlovu) has engaged seven Zim dancehall artistes on a song titled “Zim Dancehall to the World” which was recorded on new riddim called “Souljah Cry”.
The song, which features Buffalo Souljah who is also the co-producer, Sniper Storm, Shinsoman, Guspy Warrior, Lady Squanda, Freeman, Celsious and DJ Smiley, is already being played on the local charts. Buffalo Souljah told The Herald Entertainment that the development was to advocate recognition of Zim dancehall and make sure that Zimbabwe overtakes other African countries which seem to be dominating the urban music in Africa.
“I came up with this idea with the intentions of initiating a movement which will see Zimbabwe being recognised on the African urban music map which is presently dominated by Nigerians,” said Buffalo Souljah.
“There are so many talents in Zimbabwe that can raise the nation’s flag on the African urban music. The only problem is that artistes are not pushing for their products to compete on international level if it’s not just being invited for shows. However, when I first thought of this movement, I approached local Zim dancehall stars and some artistes were up for the idea while others turned the idea down.”
He said the Zim dancehall artistes featuring on the song were the only ones who showed interest in the idea.
The song was recorded at United Nations of Africa Studio in Fourways, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Buffalo Souljah is one of the country’s reggae and dancehall pioneers who have created an international brand.
In 2008, he was awarded the best gifted Southern Africa and best gifted duo. Buffalo Souljah won seven Channel O Ragga Dancehall awards in different years: in 2008 he won two awards, in 2009 he won two more awards, in 2011 he was awarded one, in 2012 he was awarded again and 2014 another award from the same category. In 2010 he was, however, selected as best Nigerian viewer’s Choice Sound City and recently he was awarded the Best Zim Dancehall Diaspora.