Takura shines at Mid­lands Mu­sic Awards

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Entertainment - Sukoluhle Ndlovu and Wynne Zanamwe Mid­lands Cor­re­spon­dents Nh­lal­wenhle Ng­wenya Show­biz Cor­re­spon­dent

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.

Takura Shon­hai

Gu­luva 7

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