Coca Cola winners hail music fans

HARARE - Winners of the Radio Zimbabwe Coca Cola top 50 have described the end-of-year music charts as a good yardstick of gauging their popularity.

Leonard Zhakata, whose two songs Dhonza Makomborero and Dollar Boy topped the annual charts, told the Daily News that he owed his victory to Zimbabwean music fans.

“It just shows that they have been following my work. And what makes things more interesting is that those that like gospel are beginning to appreciate the music I did before,” he told the Daily News during the prize-giving ceremony for the top five winners of the competition in Harare.

Filda Muchabaiwa (Mother Filda), who manages Jah Prayzah, said the artiste won third and fourth positions for Kumbumura Mhute and Makanika respectively as a reward for consistency.

“We have been winning for the past few years and it is all about being consistent. We try by all means to offer our fans music that they like and they thank us by voting for our songs,” she said.

Muchabaiwa represented Jah Prayzah at the awards as the Kumbumura Mhute singer is currently on tour in Australia.

Gospel songstress Fungisai Zvakavapano-Mashavave, who came fifth with the track Gore Rapera that featured Jah Prayzah, also thanked the fans for supporting her.

“In the Coca Cola top 50, its mere feedback on how well people receive my music. I am grateful to Zimbabwean listeners who have valued me so much for 15 years and I promise never to let them down,” she said.

“Being recognised by Coca-Cola as an outstanding female means the dawn of a new era where female art will be empowered, recognised and rewarded. I am grateful to the Coca-Cola gender mainstreaming initiative and I hope more corporates will come on board in recognising and empowering women in the arts sector.”

Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) public relations manager Gladman Bandama told those who attended the prize-giving ceremony that the Radio Zimbabwe Coca Cola top 50 is in line with the 75 percent local content policy.

“I am glad to note that 95 percent of the songs that are in the charts are local. This shows the appreciation people have for local music and will encourage the artistes to do more,” he said.

“We usually give prizes to the top three only but Ammara Brown and Fungisai Zvakavapano-Mashavave almost made it.”

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