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Winky D Is Winning The Second Unofficial Race Against Jah Prayzah As MuGarden Goes Viral On YouTube

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In case you missed it there is, perhaps, an unintended YouTube video war between Winky D and Jah Prayzah. On Monday 11 February Jah Prayzah uploaded his Kunerima video after realising a teaser image of him and Misred embracing. A picture that set tongues wagging before people could put it in context.

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Thanks to this brilliant piece of marketing and as is typical of Jah Prayzah’s videos, the Kunerima video started raking up views. A full three days later Winky D uploaded his own video, MuGarden, featuring Gemma Griffiths which has taken the whole Zimbabwean internet by storm. Despite being the last to get uploaded it has now overtaken Kunerima in terms of views.

In fact, MuGarden has spurred a challenge contest where people inspired by the Adam and Eve story appear dressed in flowers and leaves as they dance to the video. This has further fueled the interest around the video.

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Jah Prayzah is the undisputed Master of Zimbabwean YouTube. His video Watora Mari was one of the quickest to cross the 1 million views mark. MuGarden may well surpass that, it currently has 539K views 4 days later. If the momentum holds it will pass the 1 million mark soon, probably faster than any local video.

This is the second square off

This isn’t the first time an accidental YouTube square off between Winky and Jah Prayzah has happened. The first such video race took place last year. Winky D’s Paper-Bag was uploaded on 2 November while Jah Prayzah’s Dzamutsan was uploaded the following day on 3 November. For a few days, it looked like a head to head race until Blaq’s creation disappeared beyond the horizon with over 2.5 million views while Winky D’s Paper-Bag remained stuck at under 300K views.

Gemma GriffithsMisRedWinky D

Gemma Griffiths is a Zimbabwean musician based in Cape Town, South Africa. She came to be known in Zimbabwean mainstream after she did a soulful, Shona and English interpretation of Winky D’s hit song Musarova Bigman in 2016. In 2019, Griffiths featured of highly successful... Read More About Gemma Griffiths

Misred born Samantha Musa is an exciting young media personality making waves in Zimbabwe's entertainment industry.She is a Media Personality Influencer and Brand Ambassador for ZiFM Stereo as a co-host on The Ignition, the daily breakfast show on ZiFM Stereo. Read More About MisRed

Winky D is an award-winning Zimbabwe Dancehall artist popularly known as the Ninja President for his poverty biting and poverty protesting lyrics. He is also well known for his energetic live performances which have seen him performing in numerous countries around the world. Read More About Winky D


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10 thoughts on “Winky D Is Winning The Second Unofficial Race Against Jah Prayzah As MuGarden Goes Viral On YouTube

  1. This is simply a ZANU VS MDC war. Everyone knows Jah prayza ndewe ZANU and promotes human rights abuses by being the military brand ambassador. Boycott Jah prayza music like the black us celebs did with Gucci brand

  2. All you see is outdoing each other, to me these are great Zimbabwean musicians who are pushing the boundaries. It’s ridiculous to think within a space of a few days Winky can go into the studio and produce an answer to Jah’s video. The worrying thing this is coming to a tech website where people know what entails video production. I think you have just lost the plot. The country and people of Zimbabwe are tired of negativity and “war mongers” please try again to write something constructive. Otherwise just stick to your speciality, tech review. Maybe you could have shade light on the tech input of such good quality videos. There you go, free advice go back to your keyboard.

    1. At no point does this article imply that there is a war of sorts going on here so I find your “war mongering” comment a tad bit ridiculous. Competition between musicians happen all the time even in other parts of the world. It wouldn’t be strange if the uploading timetable was merely coincidental and we never imply that there is a deliberate race. Nevertheless we cannot ignore viral content. Musicians are competing against each other all the time especially for views on YT.

    1. (of an image, video, piece of information, etc.) circulated rapidly and widely from one Internet user to another.

      1. According to Wikipedia There are several ways to gauge whether a video has “gone viral”. The statistic perhaps most mentioned is number of views, and as sharing has become easier, the threshold requirement of sheer number of views has increased. YouTube personality Kevin Nalty (known as Nalts) recalls on his blog: “A few years ago, a video could be considered ‘viral’ if it hit a million views”, but says as of 2011, only “if it gets more than 5 million views in a 3–7 day period” can it be considered “viral”.[35][36] To compare, 2004’s “Numa Numa” received two million hits on Newgrounds in its first three months (a figure explained in a 2015 article as “a staggering number for the time”).[25]

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