Mudiwa shines at Victors Awards

HARARE - Flamboyant urban grooves singer Mudiwa Mtandwa bagged two awards on Wednesday night during the second edition of the Victors Awards ceremony held at the Celebration Centre.

The colourful musician walked away with the Best Male Gospel Award whilst his song Ndaita Mari won the listeners’ choice song.

Dendera musician Suluman Chimbetu was honoured as Zimbabwe’s best musician while Dudu Manhenga was voted the nation’s best female musician.

Man of the moment Jah Prayzah was selected as the best upcoming male musician with Bubbly City being awarded the nation’s best upcoming female musician prize.

Gospel legend Machanic Manyeruke grabbed the lifetime Achievement Award.

Pastor G walked away with the Current Sound Award while Andy Brown was posthumously awarded the best late musician prize.

A sombre atmosphere gripped the fully-packed hall when the Brown family led by Ammara received the award for the late guitarist and singer who passed on early this year.

Strangely, the immensely popular Alick Macheso was overlooked. A smartly dressed Macheso attended the event and presented some of the awards together with television presenter Rebecca Chisamba, business tycoon Philip Chiyangwa, Finance minister Tendai Biti and Information Communication Technology minister Nelson Chamisa.

The award winners expressed gratitude for being honoured.

Chimbetu, who recently launched his fourth album at Jazz 105 in Harare, thanked his late father Simon Chimbetu for making it possible for him to be a success in the music industry.

“I was born in a musical family, I thank my father Simon. Because of him you all now know me, I can dance and sing just like him,” said the Ndomusiya Nani hitmaker.

While receiving his award, gospel veteran Manyeruke jocularly hinted that he had expected much more valuable prize.

“When I heard about these awards I thought the award would be something big. I was expecting something big close to a Mercedes Benz. However I thank you for honouring me with this shield,” said the seemingly disappointed musician.

The awards presentation were preceded by a moving performance by top American gospel artiste Juanita Bynum who sent fans into holy ecstasy as she belted a string of her popular tracks.

Her fans sang along with her on every song. Bynum shared the stage with the lively Cindy Manyavi, gospel legend Manyeruke and the charismatic rapper Mudiwa.

The Victors Awards, now in their second year are a brainchild of a renowned Pastor Victor Kambasha.

They seek to honour outstanding individuals from different disciplines such as art, politics, religion, health among others.

The awards are held annually on November 21 which is Pastor Kambasha’s birthday. - Vasco Chaya and Kaleen Gombera

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