Arnold Kamudyariwa, popularly known as DJ Fantan, is a multifaceted talent in the world of Zimdancehall music. This biography sheds light on his age, early life, career, personal journey, and even his run-in with the law.
Age and Roots
Born on March 17, 1987, DJ Fantan is currently 36 years old as of 2023. His roots trace back to Mbare, Harare, where he spent his formative years.
His educational journey began at Gwinyai Primary School, and from there, he continued to George Stark High School for his secondary education. Interestingly, it was at George Stark High School that he crossed paths with his future business partner, Levels.
The Birth of Chillspot Records
In a remarkable turn of events in 2011, DJ Fantan, Rhibhe, and Levels converted Kamudyariwa’s bedroom into a recording studio, thus giving birth to Chillspot Records. This transformation marked the start of a remarkable journey, allowing them to scout for budding artists from all corners of Zimbabwe. Their signature riddims became the driving force behind the growth of the Zimdancehall genre.
In 2013, their collaborative efforts bore fruit as the Zimbo Flavor Riddim earned them the prestigious title of Riddim of the Year. The following year, they added more accolades to their collection, winning awards for Conscious Riddim of the Year (Pure Niceness) and Best Collaboration Riddim (Mad Levels). Their winning streak continued in 2015, securing Riddim of the Year for their work on the Stage Riddim at the Zimdancehall Awards.
Notably, Kamudyariwa has teamed up with some of the most prominent figures in the Zimdancehall scene, including Tocky Vibes, Soul Jah Luv, Bounty Lisa, Seh Calaz, and Killer T.
A Glimpse into His Personal Life
On a more personal note, DJ Fantan’s life took a tumultuous turn when he reportedly separated from his wife, Gamuchirayi Nemukuyu, in July 2022. This separation was a result of a heated altercation involving Nemukuyu and a woman named Vimbai, whom DJ Fantan was allegedly dating at the time.
Reports suggest that Nemukuyu sought the assistance of Harare-based lawyer Milton Serima to facilitate an amicable separation from DJ Fantan. They were also working out arrangements for the care of their two young children and the division of their property.
Brush with the Law – Covid-19 Imprisonment
January 3, 2021, marked a significant event in DJ Fantan’s life. He, along with his colleagues, was arrested for violating COVID-19 regulations by hosting a New Year’s Eve party that attracted thousands of people. Initially, they were handed a 12-month jail sentence, which was later reduced to a three-month term, along with the option to pay a $2,000 fine each. The group opted to pay the fine, with the condition of maintaining good behavior until 2025.
Follow DJ Fantan’s journey through the world of Zimdancehall and Chillspot Records, a testament to his passion and dedication to the music industry.