For a long while, Zimbabwean music has had very few female musicians who have consistently produced good music. The arrival of Vimbai Zimuto has made most media practitioners start a "who is better" argument in the same way they did to Winky D and Jah Prayzah. In the ladies division, such an argument had been not heard of since female musicians were less consistent and could not keep up with the males except for very few artists like Cindy. Now, there seems to be two very good artists such as:
She has announced her presence with controversy. Vimbai has love for her bare self to the extent of passing condolences whilst nude. This brought attention towards her and most people who did not know her music started to look for her music. To her credit, she seems to have had calculated her move as her music is being viewed by most people now. What differs her from the other female artists is that she always produced videos. Most musicians in Zimbabwe rarely prioritise videos but Vimbai is among some artists who are producing videos consistently. This group of serial video makers includes such acts as Takura, Jah Prayzah and in recent time Winky D. No matter how her talent can be challenged, Vimbai has laid her career path and if she keeps her recent form is certainly what Zimbabwean art needs and it is justified to compare her with Cindy.
After Vimbai posed naked, Cindy came up with her own version of such a picture which did not circulate as much as Vimbai's. A year ago, the argument that is being brought about today on Cindy and Vimbai would have been straight up disrespectful to the former. She is a serial hitmaker who prides herself with myriads of awards but she rarely produces videos. The catch here is that Cindy makes audio hits and Vimbai makes very good videos. If Cindy starts to make videos then maybe this argument will be irrelevant. Cindy has worked consistently and even has her show on TV and a column in the Daily News newspaper. Her work is very good but needs to match Vimbai on video making before her relevance is surpassed.
Decency and being soft-spoken are always attributes of a gospel musician. Since Shingisai Siluma and Mai Charamba, Janet has been the most played gospel artist in recent times. She does not need to pose naked in search of relevance but her art is purely spread by talent. Her work is commendable as she always produces good songs and great videos too. She, however, cannot be part of the Cindy/Vimbai debate since she is in her own league in her genre and has managed to challenge males in making her name.
What about the rest?
There are many musicians who are failing to be consistent in order for them to challenge for recognition in the male-dominated field. There has been good music from female artists over the years but such artists as Betty Makaya, Pah Chihera, Kuchinei and recently Gemma Griffiths to mention a few who have provided hits but fizzled out with time as their follow up projects were not as good as what brought them to the nation's attention. There are also other good artists like Edith WeUtonga, Tariro neGitare, Ammara Brown, Tererai and Pauline who have been there for a while but are not churning out music as expected. There are many good artists who are just failing to be consistent.
A day will arrive in some month or year where female musicians in Zimbabwe will be at the top. The current trends will be soon done away with, as long as artists such as Cindy, Vimbai and Ammara keep working.
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