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Dancehall artiste spreads wings

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ANTIVIRUS Crew founder member Ricco Andrews yesterday released a second single dubbed Handikanganwe ahead of debut upcoming album The Full Package.

BY NONHLANHLA SIBANDA

Speaking to Southern Eye Lifestyle in an interview, Andrews said the single recorded at Chillaphonia studio is a dedication to his heroes.

Ricco Andrews
Ricco Andrews

“This is my second single from my album to be released soon. It is a dedication to all Zimbabweans and my local heroes that helped me to realise my dream.

They include comedian Babongile Sikhonjwa, Plot Mhako, Saimon Mambazo Phiri, Tawanda Denga, Tinashe Ncube, among others,” he said.

“The song is first of its kind in the dancehall scene as it incorporates both Ndebele and Shona lyrics. The aim is to unite all Zimbabweans through the songs and break the stereotype that we are different.

We are one and for us to move forward as Zimbabweans we need to understand that message,” he added.

Andrews bragged about using both Shona and Ndebele and creating a new genre dubbed dancehall blues.

“This will be one of the biggest dancehall songs to be released this year. I’m confident and have a feeling the song will bring about change and a new feel in the dancehall scene.

“I mixed both languages on purpose to create an original Bulawayo genre of dancehall called dancehall blues. The song includes challenges I faced as a budding artist.”

Andrews was one of the judges at the Jibilika Dance Festival in September 2014 held at Harare Gardens. He was part of the choreography team for the African Union Council Region 5 Under-20 Youth Games opening and closing ceremony.

The 25-year-old helped found Antivirus dance group in 2011. The group won the best hip-hop dance award at the Zimbabwe Hip-Hop Awards in 2012 and was nominated for the same category in 2013 and 2014.

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