Wilson Chipangura, Guest Reporter
CAPE TOWN – Zimdancehall is a genre that has defied the odds staked against it by some prophets of doom since it came to limelight in late 2013.
The genre has seen a number of artists emerging from the trenches almost on a daily basis from various stables such as Chillspot Records, Yala Nation and Cymplex Records among others.
In all this fiery tale another ambitious and energetic rookie artist named Ninja Boss has slowly taken the industry by surprise.
Born in July 1999 as Tatenda Beremauro, Ninja Boss first gathered inspiration to become a musician at an early age of 11 at Mberi primary school in Chitungwiza where he performed at many gatherings, as well as in his community, Flankers.
Ninja Boss professed that he was strongly motivated by his home crowd to pursue a career as a professional in music.
“I took music seriously because of the rave reviews which I received from some of my folks. Since then I never looked back,” said Ninja Boss.
Beremauro proceeded to record his first song through fellow artist Ras Pompy who gave him a chance to record at 6 Kick Records with talented producer Slim Jay.
The warm reception of his project pushed Ninja Boss to return to Chitungwiza where he recorded a song titled Torai Sando Denyu which was produced by Marlon Tee Records.
“The song Torai Sando Dzenyu was an appreciation track for my fans who were supporting me and everyone who played a part in helping me to venture into music,” revealed Ninja Boss.
The song became an instant hit song in Harare and Chitungwiza suburbs popularly known as ghettos.
He went on to release several tracks including Havasi Kundiziva, Munhu wechipande, Mwari Anobatsira, Level Rakutyisa featuring another rookie artist Anoe, and his break out hit song Summer Time on Wannae be riddim produced by Cymplex in Harare.
“It was never easy but the level of appreciation that I receive every time has kept me going. There are sincere people who have given me tips on how to improve my music and this has helped me to be confident in what I do,” Ninja Boss said.
The songs he has released have made him to become a household name in ghettos and a prominent performer in stage shows throughout Chitungwiza community.
Ninja Boss disclosed that popular deejay Miles noticed his talent during a studio performance in Harare and after being impressed by his exploits linked him to some prominent figures.
In March 2014, he then became an official member of a clan led by Ras Pompy known as the Bad People Family. The hit song, Torai Sando Dzenyu topped the charts and made him the most anticipated new act for Zimdancehall.
“DJ Miles linked me to some prominent figures back then after he was impressed with my performance during a studio session in Harare. I also hooked up with Ras Pompy who has been supportive and encouraging on a daily basis,” said the ambitious artist.
Ninja Boss said he looks forward to play a part in taking Dancehall / Reggae music in the country to the pinnacle of the international stage through his versatility. He revealed his music is strongly influenced by different genres such as reggae, dancehall, and concious.
An avid fan of trend-setting artist Winky Dee, the young musician also revealed that besides the Ninja President some artists who inspired him include Tarrus Riley, Chris Martin and Lucky Dube among others.
“Winky D inspired me to an artist and especially his journey to prominence. He is a hard worker and that is what I strive to do on a daily basis,” summed the artist who is now based in Capetown, South Africa.