Shumba tops Coca-Cola Radio Zim Top 50

HARARE - Gospel music star Blessing Shumba walked away with $1 200 after claiming top position on the 2015 Coca-Cola Radio Zimbabwe Top 50.

The Mutare-based musician’s hit Chimwe Nechimwe, off his latest album Ndijesu secured the most votes, beating sungura Simon Mutambi’s Mukadzi Akanaka into second position.

Mutambi, one of the most consistent sungura artistes on the local scene, pocketed $800 for coming second best.

South Africa-based Reverend Chivaviro’s Ebenezer — one of the standout tracks of the just-ended year — could only claim third position and the $500 that came with it.

Nyuchi, the song on which Suluman Chimbetu featured Soul Jah Love, was voted into fourth position while the Zimdancehall artiste’s Handichadi Nhamo claimed fifth position. The Dendera artiste’s Phone was number 13.

Jah Prayzah, who had been tipped by many to dominate the 2015 Coca-Cola Radio Zimbabwe Top 50, was on position six thanks to Eriza. The consolation for the Uzumba-born artiste was the fact that he had three songs on the chart — the highest by a single musician.

Apart from Eriza, Jah Prayzah’s Chinamira and Ndoenda, off his red-hot latest album Jerusarema earned position 18 and 30 respectively.

South Africa-based Enock “Nox” Guni’s Gumbo Mudoro, featuring Jah Prayzah, came seventh.

The other musicians in the top 10 were sungura music veteran Nicholas Zakaria on position eight with Mwari Anogona, music superstar Oliver Mtukudzi’s Dzinga Hwema on the eighth slot while Varumbidzi’s Ziya Ndanduwe was number 10.

Another favourite in the run-up to the delivery of the 2015 Coca-Cola Radio Zimbabwe Top 50 was Zimdancehall star Killer T, with many tipping the Mbare-based star’s album Ngoma Ndaimba to have several songs on the chart. Surprisingly, the only song to make it on the charts was Kukosha Kwechikorobho on position 11.

The end-of-year chart was largely dominated by unheralded artistes. Fairly notable names on the charts include Paradzai Mesi’s Tambai Mambo (14), Charles Charamba’s Mugamuchirei (15), Trymore Bande’s Zodzo (16), Dr Tawanda’s Unconquerable (17), Samasimba by Peter Moyo (20), Diva Mafunga’s Munanato Wekutanga (25), Sadza Nezondo by Kapfupi (26), Chase Skuza’s Sabela (27), Mumoyo by Michael Mahendere (32) and Fungisai’s Makandirera (33).

Meanwhile, Shumba has described his victory in the 2015 Coca-Cola Radio Zimbabwe Top 50 as a victory for Christianity.

“The fact that a gospel hit was voted the best song out of 50 from different genres confirms that Zimbabwe is indeed a Christian nation and this is a positive development.

“I could not believe it. God is always faithful. You know this is my first time to clinch the first prize on Coca-Cola Top 50 songs chart. The best I have done before was second position with the album NdiMwari.

“Even during our concerts, fans always demand the song Chimwe Nechimwe and Nyaradzai Vanhu Vangu and that encourages us,” he told the Daily News.

The Mutare gospel music star added that his victory was also confirmed that people were now able to distinguish him from the many copycats mimicking his music.

“I am also happy that despite all the confusion, fans have finally distinguished real Blessing Shumba from the many imitators.

“I am planning to release another album to be titled Calvary in the first week of March to solidify my position,” he said.

Born in 1979 in Takavarasha in Buhera, Shumba moved to Odzi in 1981 after his father acquired a plot there.

He did his primary at Chiwere School before attending his Junior Certificate with New Horizon Study Group in Mutare and his Ordinary Level at Mabvudzi High School in Nyazura.

Shumba — a motor mechanic by profession — ventured into music in the late 1990s. His albums include Ishe Wazvose, NdiMwari, Shongwe and Ndijesu.

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