Daddy Zemus: The real king of Zam Ragga
Many Zambian dancehall or ragga artists have claimed to be kings of this genre of music on the local scene without paying homage to the greatest that ever did: Daddy Zemus. Zemus's larger than life persona made a him a cross between Shabba Ranks and Shine Head. Little is known about this amazing pioneer who paved for many Zambian singers but one thing stands out,he will always be remembered as a serious entertainer who's music not only made people dance,but also spoke for the voiceless in society.
Daddy Zemus' ragga style - with elements of R&B and hip hop -established him as the King of Zambian ragga. His eight-track album Chibaba (featuring the likes of Crisis, Lindi and Mainza)s was Mondo Music's third release and was the last time the world heard from Zambia's King of Zamragga. It hit the store shelves on Christmas Eve 1999 and went on to stay top of the Sounds Top Twenty Chart until April.
Chibaba received massive airplay and was a favourite among dance floors, homes and would go on to transform the complexion of local music in later years,thus setting the tempo for the Zambian music renaissance long after Zemus had passed. In keeping with Daddy Zemus’ trademark, this was a social commentary album.The classic hits on this album include Anyamataa, Juju Lover, Fatness, and of course the title track Chibaba. His ragga style is indeed hip, and the album is full of phat, laid back grooves.