Magacha upbeat on postponed music awards

HARARE - All Africa Music Awards (Afrima) nominee, Sebastian Magacha, says he has not been disheartened by the indefinite postponement of the continental gongs.

Magacha is a nominee in the Best Inspirational Gospel Musician in Africa category in the awards which were originally set to take place in Lagos, Nigeria on November 9.

“We were happy because organisers of the event communicated the postponement to us two weeks before the original date,” the Ridza Bhosvo singer told the Daily News.

“We understand the financial challenges they are facing because we all have challenges in life. We are still looking forward to benefit from the event once they have managed to put their house in order.”

The popular gospel musician, who is a nominee in the awards along with fellow Zimbabwean artistes Jah Prayzah and Cindy Munyavi, added that he is honoured to have been nominated in the same category with South African gospel star Benjamin Dube.

“Dube is one of the artistes I admire a lot. Winning to me will just be the icing on the cake. I am already happy as it is to be put in the same category with an artiste of Dube’s calibre,” he said.

“We even shared a joke about the awards when he came to perform at the recent PHD Ministries event.”

The energetic musician, who is set to release a live DVD recorded on October 4 at 7 Arts Theatre in Harare, believes the continental awards will inspire him to improve his music craft. In a release, the organisers of the continental awards stated: “It is disheartening that despite the creditable efforts of the Afrima team in the past three years and receiving more than 2 000 entries (in 33 categories) , a major Afrima continental sponsor was unable to conclude their commitment by our deadline required to deliver on our world-class event.

“Consequently, the International Committee of Afrima is postponing the programme to a later date with the intention of bringing in adequate financial resources required to ensure a credible event as quickly and expeditiously as possible. However, public and Afrima Academy voting on the Afrima website www.afrima.org has been extended for a further three weeks that will end on Tuesday, November 25,” read the statement.

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