Let us look at some of the top social media influencers in Zimbabwe. The focus in this article is DJs, television or radio presenters, music producers and so on. We are basically looking at personalities that are actively involved in the music and media industries (excluding the musicians). In the other article on comedians social media influencers we explored the different types of influencers. Here we shall be looking at personalities that have at least 100 000 followers on any social media platform. Here are the top eleven, arranged by the number of followers:
1. Tilder Moyo
Facebook: 698 000 followers
Affectionately known as just Tilder, her full name is Tilder Moyo Karizamimba. She is a radio personality who is a presenter at Star FM. Radio shows she is popular for are The Tilder Show, Secrets and Confessions, and Couples’ Hour. She also hosts a prisons programme called Second Chance. Back in the day she was a presenter for the popular Ezomgido. Prior to being at Star FM she used to be at Radio Zimbabwe. She has a prolific radio presenting career spanning many years. She is also the founder of Tilder Foundation Trust. Its main thrust is to help women, children, and youths through addressing issues such as gender-based violence, rape, child abuse, poverty, drug, substance abuse.
Facebook: 254 000 followers
She is a radio personality being a producer/presenter of the 263Express on Star FM. KVG is also a serial brand ambassador. Her real name is Kudzai Violet Gwara. She is the brand ambassador for many local enterprises namely Proton Bakers, Bellevue, West Property Zimbabwe, Chicken Slice, Koovha Beverages, Kuva Local, Queen Diva Hair Boutique, Felicity Solar, and Ring Driving School.
Twitter: 216 000 followers
Her real name is Samantha Musa. She is a radio personality popularly known for hosting the Drive Time slot on ZiFM Stereo. She is also a television personality and digital entrepreneur. She is the author of her own book titled Be Faithful To Your Happiness. She is also the founder of Red Market Sunday. Red Market Sunday is an online market initiative where small businesses and startups by young people are exposed to potential customers through her IG platform.
4. DJ Fantan Chillspot
Instagram: 164 000 followers
His real name is Arnold Kamudyariwa and he is a music producer. He is a co-founder and manager at Chillspot Records. He has done several mixtapes and music productions over the years. He has been with Chillspot Records since it started 10 years ago.
Facebook: 161 000 followers
Instagram: 161 000 followers
Ruvheneko Parirenyatwa is daughter to the former Minister of Health, David Parirenyatwa. She is a radio and television personality notably known for hosting talk shows. She is also a moderator, MC and a voice over artist. Ruvheneko is also a brand ambassador and actively involved in charitable activities. Speaker, consultant, and digital strategist also fall under her many labels.
6. DJ Rimo Jackson
Instagram: 152 000 followers
Dj Rimo was well known as one of the late Ginimbi’s best friends. His real name is Tinotenda Marimo and co-owner of NR Entertainment. NR entertainment is an entertainment enterprise which DJ Rimo co-directs. He used to own a boutique called Rimo’s.
7. Levels Chillspot
Instagram: 131 000 followers
Levels Chillspot is a co-founder, CEO, and music producer at Chillspot Records. His real name is Rodger Tafadzwa Kadzimwe. The genre of music he produces is Zimdancehall. He has been the brains behind producing some of the popular riddims, singles, and albums in Zimbabwe. He has also received a number of national awards, some of which were from National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA) and Star FM Awards.
8. DJ Towers
Instagram: 119 000 followers
DJ Towers’ real name is Tawanda Marimbe. He is a social media influencer. He holds an Accounting degree from Midlands State University. He stepped into the limelight through a hip-hop movement called TeamBho. DJ Towers has often been mischaracterized as a beggar and bootlicker. However, he categorizes all he does as marketing which he says has earned him various deals with local enterprises.
9. Miss V Candy
Facebook: 112 000 followers
Do you remember the late prolific journalist Conway Tutani? Well, she is the daughter and her real name is Nonhlanhla Tutani. She did Political Science at University of Zimbabwe. Miss V Candy is a media personality, brand influencer, brand ambassador, concept creator, strategic thinker, and social scientist. She is currently a presenter at Star FM but has worked at ZiFM Stereo and ZBC before.
10. DJ Flevah Judgement Yard
Instagram: 107 000 followers
His real name is Tendai Tembo and is a professional Radio and Club DJ. He came to prominence through Judgement Yard. Judgement Yard is a Zimbabwean dancehall and reggae label comprising of music DJs. He is actually a formally registered DJ.
11. Yahya Goodvibes
Instagram: 103 000 followers
She is a media personality, radio presenter and television host. She is also an actress. Her real name is Mitchel Mutongwizo. She is a brand ambassador and is into public relations and advertising. She has hosted countless programmes and events on radio, television, and social media platforms.
These are some of the notable voices in the fields of media and/or music in Zimbabwe. These are personalities who are contributing in the propagation of music and media in Zimbabwe. They are also good at coming up with engaging content or sparking topic discussions on pertinent issues.