By Colette Musanyera
Zimdancehall continues to be the music genre of choice for the young generation, especially ghetto youths who have been given a form of expression and hope for a better future.
Famed for its rhyming and catchy lyrics, the genre is most popular in the country’s high density suburbs since it carries a message which resembles the lifestyle of most ghetto youths.
The genre also embodies deep commentary on topical issues in society.
Not only does Zimdancehall give ghetto youths a voice, it has also emancipated them economically.
“This is a form of employment for us and all we have acquired in life is through dancehall music. We put food on our tables through music,” said one musician Guspy Warrior.
The genre commands a huge following as evidenced by the historic send off for the late popular chanter Soul Jah Love who was laid to rest at Warren Hills cemetery last Saturday.
His conferment with provincial hero status also proved that the genre is a force to reckon with.
The rise of award winning Zimdancehall icon, Winky D at the turn of the millennium, marked the birth of the genre, which has continued to grow through the likes of the late Soul Jah Love, Tocky Vibes, Freeman, Daruler, Seh Calaz, Guspy Warrior, Poptain, Ras Caleb, Kadijah and Killer T, among others.