NEWARK, USA, November 13, 2023 – Zimbabwean dancehall maestro Winky D continues to make waves on the international stage, clinching the Best Reggae/Dancehall Artiste award at the Annual African Entertainment Awards, USA (AEAUSA) held at the Newark Symphony Hall in the United States.
The AEAUSA seeks to recognize excellence among Africans across various sectors, including entertainment, entrepreneurship, and community engagement.
Winky D’s victory comes as no surprise, as he once again proves his prowess in the reggae/dancehall genre.
In a category that included heavyweight contenders such as Jamaican reggae dancehall musicians Buju Banton and Popcaan, as well as Ghanaian reggae dancehall singer Shatta Wale, Winky D emerged victorious.
This marks his second win in the same category, having previously secured the award in 2020.
Expressing his gratitude on social media, Winky D credited his success to the unwavering support of his fans.
He wrote, “I will forever go beyond grateful and humbled to have earned the unwavering support and love for my music from my brothers and sisters in music.”
Jah Prayzah, another Zimbabwean artist, also took home an award for Best Male Artiste East/South/North Africa.
Songbird Gemma Griffiths received the Best Female East/South/North award, while South Africa-based Zimbabwean singer Lynol “Mr Brown” Siwela won the Best Collaboration award for his duet “MaGear” featuring South African singer Makhadzi.
Winky D’s victory reinforces the global impact of Zimbabwean artists and their ability to compete on the international stage.
The AEAUSA organizers aim to use entertainment as a platform to unite Africans globally and address key agendas such as health, education, economy, security, and infrastructure.
In his social media post, Winky D dedicated his success to his loyal fanbase, expressing his commitment to creating music that resonates with their souls.
The AEAUSA Awards celebrate the achievements and advancements of Africans and those in the diaspora, using entertainment as a catalyst for positive change in communities worldwide.