Mwembe dedicates award to Tonga people

HARARE - Rising female gospel star Abigail Mwembe is convinced that her Best Gospel Song gong in the Skyz Metro FM Music Awards 2017 will go a long way in putting the Tonga language on the national radar.

Mwembe’s song titled Ajane was adjudged to be the best gospel song in a category that also featured Reward Judah Ndlovu’s Ngiyabonga, Makadunyiswe by Lorraine Stot and Knowledge Nkiwane’s Lento KaJehovah.

“This award means the world to me. The fact that people voted for the song which uses a language that they don’t speak or get to hear everyday is just breathtaking,” Mwembe told the Daily News.

She believes the award will inspire fellow Tonga people to aim higher.

“To the Tonga people, I say language is not a barrier when it comes to the things of the Lord. This award is our pride our first ever from Binga,” she said.

Ajane has proved to be the favourite song on her latest 12-track DVD titled Basking in His Glory.

In an interview with the Daily News last year, Mwembe expressed determination to promote her mother tongue Tonga — which is one of the country’s 16 official languages — despite the fact that it is generally maraginalised.

“I know there are many people, particularly the girl child either in Binga or in other parts of the country who have talents but have suppressed them because they believe that one can only make it if they sing in either Shona or Ndebele.

“I normally sing in different languages which include Shona, IsiNdebele Setswana and English but I have since realised that my most popular songs are those I did in Tonga.

“My Tonga songs have largely dominated my past three projects,” Mwembe told the Daily News then.

The Binga-bred Mwembe, who is currently working towards an Institute of Marketing Management (IMM) qualification, has three albums under her belt — Makabongwe, Makatendeka and Basking in His Glory.

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