Judgement Yard: Zim dancehall’s secret weapon

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Judgement Yard: Zim dancehall’s secret weapon

The Sunday Mail

Andrew Moyo

FOR close to a decade, Judgement Yard has managed to maintain its status as one of the most popular brands on the local entertainment scene.

Rising to popularity with their mixtapes and Mad Sunday concept, their contribution to the local dancehall scene is unquestionable.

While dancehall music is more popular in the ghetto, Judgement Yard enjoys a crossover appeal, which makes them an asset as they have taken Zim dancehall to upmarket audiences.

The group, which currently comprises of DJ Flevah, Etherton Beenie, 2 Bad, Skattah and Tawastok has residency at Club Sankayi where they host their famous Mad Sundays as well as the Thursday session. Prior to that, they have played at various top nightspots, including Red Fox Hotel, The Volt, Legends and Inakis to name a few.

The DJ and MC group is showing no signs of slowing down as they have lately been expanding their influence beyond local boundaries.

They have played in various countries, including Australia, UK, South Africa, Dubai, Cyprus and Botswana, to name a few. Speaking to The Sunday Mail Society, DJ Flevah said he is happy with the response they are getting every time they stage shows in other countries.

“When we play outside the country, the response is always amazing and people seem to appreciate us because we are taking Zimbabwean music to them,” said DJ Flevah.

“Many people outside Zimbabwe know about us because of the numerous mixtapes that we have released over the years but it feels great knowing that those people also want to see us play live.”

Meanwhile, their slot on ZiFM Stereo has become a gateway for many Zim dancehall artistes, providing them with a platform to launch their new projects live on air.

“We are also playing our part in uplifting ghetto youths by making them prominent subjects in the community.

“We make use of the various platforms at our disposal to push their music.

“Many artistes come to launch their music on our slot and some of the names that have come through on the platform include Jah Signal, Nutty O, Enzo Ishall, Bazooka and Boss Pumacol.”

He added that they have lined up a number of interesting events for the festive season.

“We are going to host Winky D before the end of the year at Club Sankayi, which is where we are also set to have our Mad Sunday Anniversary. We are very happy with our strategic partnership with Ginimbi and we appreciate how much he values us.”

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