DJ Fantan Commits Dancehall Treason

  • Written by Oscar Habeenzu
  • Published in Leisure Life

(Riddim Magazine) – It is said DJ Fantan of Chillspot Records committed dancehall treason on a radio programme and was called out by a dancehall elder from Highfields, a founding dancehall ghetto in Harare; giving the young vibrant new school DJ of the foundations of Dancehall in Zimbabwe. #Chuckbout 

DJ Fantan insinuated that he was the founder of ZimDancehall, a local genre of the international Dancehall genre of Reggae; treasonous! #Chuckbout

Dancehall treason is when one artist or DJ claims something they actually did not do, especially claiming the foundations of the music. Louie Culture forbids such treasonous behaviour in his ancient song “Foundation from Birth”, sang on the Lecturer Riddim of the 90s. Foundations must never be altered just because of current fame. #Chuckbout

As Ratigan says in his classic song on the Property Tax Riddim, “What is Dancehall…”, DJ Fantan was take to the public court of Elder Marshall, a Ras from the ghetto of Highfields in Harare. DJ Fantan may not have not paid his property tax as dancehall elder has called him out for his treason. 

Here is the open rebuke of DJ Fantan by Elder Marshall;

Open Post to Fantan and Chillspot Records

(Itai chisvike ikoko akomana nevasikana)

Bamdiki tati tibatsirane.

We love maWorks and all you do for the younger guys in the industry but musakure musoro kusvika ipapo. Here's a free lesson on what Zimdancehall is and where it came from!

Just watched a clip from Power FM where Fantan was trying to explain what strategy he used to get into an industry which already had big names like Winky and Sniper and he goes "Takangouya need Strategy yekuti this is Zimdancehall" ini whaaaaaaaat? What manner of strategy is this? Hanzi "takauya neStrategy yeDancehall, chaiyo yeku Jamaica" vapfanha vakarasika Ava!

Let me offer a quick free lesson for these big headed millennials.

When you start singing or get involved in music you're not doing something new and you will not be the end of it. The reggae and dancehall movement in Zimbabwe is very rich and very long, no wonder Bob Marley came and sang at Zimbabwe's first independence celebrations. Shabba Ranks has been to Zimbabwe and so has Buju Banton, why because there was a market and a following here for Jamaican music.

And so this thing started long back, these new guys Winky, Jah Love, Calaz, Enzo, Jah Signal etc, etc are standing on the shoulders of many men who worked hard to get recognition for this genre, some who have already passed on RIP JAH B!

Maybe these vapfanha can look up these names!

Culture T, Allan Ranks, and Dudz

Yappie Banton, Potato, Ephraim Major E Mushore, Rassie Ai, Booker T, Smylie, Daddy Distress, Kuda Culture, Sanchez Daddy Ray, Ijah Son, Jnr Banton, Slaggy Yout, Bobo Makoa, Desert Eagle.

Then before Judgement Yard started with their Volumes and playing at Red Fox there was the "Sound" era and Etherton Beenie cut his teeth at the legendary and mighty Stereo 1 and mentored by the real godfather Jah B!

Who remembers Stereo One sound battling against Mbare’s Silverstone, Highfield’s Rough Neck, Glen Norah’s Alkebulani, Glen View's New Generation, Chitungwiza’s African Exodus and Bronx International, and the likes of Sweet Ebony, Shocking Vibes and Small Axe.

Names like, Jacky Bango, Smiley, Oliver Newgeneration General, King Alfred, Issacha, General Bernard, Mad Minox, Farai Shambare, Major E, Booker T, Shaggy and Goddie Banton, Allan Ranks, Mikey Fabulous are not known in today’s Zim dancehall but are an integral part of the movement these guys at Chillspot want to claim.

Very few of these boys remember the massive clashes at Turtles Nite Club, Jobs Nite Spot, Zimbabwe Hall, YWCA, Rumours aka Agony Centre and Nyamutamba Hotel and much later at The Tube.

Who in their right mind would talk about "back in the day" and talk of Winky D and Sniper? Yappie Banton's "Memories" and "Water inna me room" are what we would call back in the day. These boys need to have some respect and know that this thing has elders! They're standing on their shoulders. Nonsense!

Look up Slaggy Yout, he came up with that term y'all are trying to claim, he coined it Zimdancehall in 2006!


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