DJ Fantan Biography| Age, Chillspot Records, Covid-19 Imprisonment, Zimdancehall, Personal Life
Arnold Kamudyariwa, who is known by his stage name DJ Fantan, is a Zimdancall music producer, DJ, and manager at Chillspot Records.
DJ Fantan was born on 17 March 1987. (Age 36, as of 2023)
Background And Education
DJ Fantan spent his childhood in Mbare, Harare, where he was born and raised.
He began his education at Gwinyai Primary School before proceeding to George Stark High School for his secondary education.
It was at George Stark High School that he met his business partner, Levels.
Back in 2011, DJ Fantan, Rhibhe, and Levels transformed Kamudyariwa’s bedroom into a recording studio and established Chillspot Records.
This move allowed them to scout for talented artists from all over Zimbabwe by producing riddims that became popular, ultimately driving the growth of the Zimdancehall genre.
In 2013, their collaboration on the Zimbo Flavor Riddim won Riddim of the Year. The following year, they clinched two more awards for Conscious Riddim of the Year (Pure Niceness) and Best Collaboration Riddim (Mad Levels).
They also won Riddim of the Year in 2015 for their work on the Stage Riddim at the Zimdancehall Awards.
Kamudyariwa has collaborated with some of the most renowned musicians in the Zimdancehall genre, such as Tocky Vibes, Soul Jah Luv, Bounty Lisa, Seh Calaz, and Killer T.
DJ Fantan and his wife Gamuchirayi Nemukuyu reportedly separated in July 2022 following the former’s arrest for domestic violence.
The reason for their separation was said to be an altercation involving Nemukuyu and a woman named Vimbai, who DJ Fantan was allegedly dating at the time.
According to reports, Nemukuyu hired Harare-based lawyer Milton Serima to help facilitate an amicable separation from Dj Fantan, as well as to work out arrangements for the care of their two young children and the division of their property.
On January 3, 2021, DJ Fantan and his colleagues were arrested for violating COVID-19 regulations by hosting a New Year’s Eve party that reportedly attracted thousands of people.
They were initially sentenced to 12 months in jail, but this was later reduced to a three-month sentence, with the option to pay a $2,000 fine each.
The group decided to pay the fine, with the condition of maintaining good behavior until 2025.