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Winky D is being targeted by police in Zimbabwe – why the music star’s voice is so important

Winky D is being targeted by police in Zimbabwe – why the music star’s voice is so important

WINKY D, a 40-year-old Zimdancehall artist, is hugely popular in Zimbabwe. He’s also increasingly in the news for the messages in his songs, some of which address social injustice and corruption under a regime that stifles freedom of expression. There have been threats to ban his music and claims that his life is in danger. On 4 March 2023, during a concert in the city of Chitungwiza, police removed Winky D from the stage. He had just sung his latest hit, Ibotso, from his 12th album, Eureka Eureka. Videos shared online capture him being manhandled as he walks from the…
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