Takura shines at Midlands Music Awards
HIP HOP sensation Takura Shonhai stole the show at the recent Midlands Music Awards, walking away with two gongs for the best single category and best music video for his hit song Zino irema.
Takura who could not contain his joy said he feels honoured to see his hard work finally paying off.
“I’m very excited and I feel honoured to receive the awards. After all the hard work I put in, it feels great to be recognised,” he said.
The glamorous event also saw Harare based Prince ‘Oskid’ Tapfuma scooping the Best Producer award while Bulawayo based Guluva7 walked away with the Best hip hop Music award courtesy of his song Colour of Dreams.
Dj Stavo won the Best house Music Award for his song Mwedzi Muchena on which he features superstar Oliver Mtukudzi.
Top of the range entertainment was provided by Gweru- based mbira maestro Samukoko, dancehall chanter Legion, and the Kwekwe based Roman and the Future Crew who set the stage alight with their electric dance moves.
Not to be outdone was gospel diva Pastor Olinda Marowa-Ziwenga who gave a topnotch performance much to the delight of the audience. She belted out her NKANYISO Moyo aka Guluva 7 set tongues wagging at the recently held Midlands Music Awards in Gweru after he bagged the best hip-hop album award, despite being based in Bulawayo. The awards are strictly meant for artistes from the Midlands province, but this did not stop the Bulawayo-based wordsmith, from snatching the award for his album Colour of Dreams. When the nominations were made several artistes from Midlands protested, arguing that organisers of the event did not do much research on Guluva 7. He beat other artistes from the province who were in the same category - TupAc Shakur – Afriken, Singles Collection Crystalefire, and Lazarus – yester-year tunes that kept the audience on their feet before sealing the performance with Jehovah Tshuvah from her recent album. Speaking at the event, National Arts Council of Zimbabwe Provincial Arts Manager, Abigail Sivanda said she is happy that the annual event keeps getting better every year. Ur Highness and Chibhachura – Di Truth. “Well what can I say, the album spoke for itself and people listened. Remember it’s all about the audience,” said the visibly elated rapper. He added that people who were quick to dismiss him as a Bulawayo rapper were showing ignorance of his background. “I grew up in the Midlands, to be specific Torwood, Redcliff, so for people to claim that I am not from Midlands it shows that they don’t understand who Guluva 7 is,” he said. Initially when the nominations were made the organiser of Midlands Music Awards, Mavis Koslek, had a torrid time explaining why artistes outside Midlands were part of the list, and dismissed such claims as sour grapes. “It’s obvious that those who’re complaining didn’t make it to the nominees list. We only work on submitted material and those that didn’t submit material can’t expect to be nominated,” Koslek said.
“As the National Arts Council we are delighted with the Midlands Music awards as it keeps getting better and better. We are also pleased with the event because it seeks to encourage the Midlands artists. We hope that the artists will not stop at provincial level, we also want to see them flying the Midlands flag at the Zimas,” she said.