100 Zimdancehall artistes have come together on a project called ‘‘Number One Riddim’’ in a move that is set to further strengthen the grip the genre currently has in the music scene. Featuring the likes of Soul Jah Love, Seh Calaz, Sniper Storm, Empress Shelly, Ninja Lipsy and Deula, the ‘‘Number One Riddim’’ was jointly produced by Jeeperz and T-Man who represent Legendary Music Studios and Mount Zion.
The riddim will be launched this Saturday at Club Super Label at an event that will see the artistes taking to the stage playing their songs that are featured on the compilation album. According to Jeeperz, the launch is an opportunity for the artistes to come together and prove to their fans that there is no bad blood among them.
“Zimdancehall is normally characterised by feuds but with this compilation album, we wanted to send a point home that we are one people and there is no bad blood among us. We are also going to give away free T-Shirts and CDs at the launch,” said Jeeperz. Jeeperz said they started recording the riddim in January and took a long time owing to its nature and magnitude of artistes who are featured on it.
“We didn’t want to rush the project and we didn’t want to come up with a half-baked project, hence the decision to take our time. We also wanted to change the perception that people normally have of Zimdancehall as bubblegum music. This is the type of music that will live for the next 10 years and more,” he said.
The choice of the artistes is a sure-fire decision on the part of the producers since a good number of them are some of the leading artistes in the genre in Zimbabwe at the moment.
Soul Jah Luv, or Chibaba, as he is called in dancehall music circles, is at the top of his game having unleashed a number of hit songs like ‘‘Kuponda Nhamo’’ among others. Seh Calaz, on the other hand, is also good in his own way and has a suave way of doing his things. The inclusion of lady chanters like Empress Shelly and Ninja Lipsy also adds a gender-balance dimension to the album.