Winky D is a Zimbabwean reggae, dancehall and hip hop musician, widely considered to be one of the most influential and successful artists of his genre in the country. As he celebrates his 40th birthday today (1 February 2023), here are 10 things you didn’t know about this legendary artist’s private life.
1. His real name is Wallace Chirumiko:
He was born on the 28th of December 1982 in the Zimbabwean town of Kambuzuma and his real name is Wallace Chirumiko. He adopted the stage name Winky D as a tribute to the late reggae artist Lucky Dube as given by his close friends during growing up.
2. He is a self-taught musician:
Winky D has no formal training in music. He is a self–taught artist who taught himself to play several instruments and DJ skills at the age of 14.
3. He formed his first band in 2004:
Winky D formed his first band, the Gringo Band, in 2004 and released his debut album, “Gringo” in 2000. Since then, he has released a number of successful albums and singles, including “Mzii, John Cena”, “Disappear” and “Musarova Bigman”.
4. He has won numerous awards:
Winky D has won several awards, including the Best Reggae/Dancehall Artist at the Zimdancehall Awards and Best Collaboration at the Zimdancehall Awards for his collaboration with Soul Jah Love.
5. He is a philanthropist:
Winky D is involved in several charitable initiatives, including the Winky D Foundation, which provides assistance to underprivileged children in Zimbabwe. He also supports a number of other charitable projects, such as HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns and providing clean water to rural communities.
6. He has refused to collaborate with several international artists:
Winky D has refused to collaborate with several international artists, but has joined several international riddims with hit songs like Green like me Garden.
7. He has performed at several international festivals:
Winky D has performed at several international festivals, including the Lake of Stars Festival in Malawi, the Rototom Sunsplash Festival in Spain and the Reggae Sumfest in Jamaica.
8. He is a fan of the English Premier League:
Winky D is an avid fan of the English Premier League and is an ardent supporter of the Liverpool Football Club. He is also a die hard Barcelona fan and his favorite player is Lionel Messi as seen in his hit song Messi weRaggae.
9. He has a daughter:
Winky D is a father to a daughter, who he had with his ex–girlfriend, singer and dancer, Lady Storm. He has however managed to keep this a real secret.
10. His music has been featured in several films and television shows:
Winky D’s music has been featured in several films and television shows, including the American drama series “ER” and the British film “This is England”.
These are just some of the things you may not have known about Winky D as he celebrates his birthday. He is an incredibly talented artist who has achieved great success in his career and has made a lasting impact on the Zimbabwean music scene. He is an inspiration to many aspiring musicians and a true icon of his genre.