Midlands artistes honoured at awards ceremony
Rhythm and Blues singer Alexio “Goodchild” Gwenzi and urban grooves new kid L Katt emerged the biggest winners during the inaugural Midlands Music Awards held at Midlands Hotel in Gweru last weekend.
The musicians bagged three accolades apiece on the night.
The inaugural awarding ceremony saw 21 awards being awarded to different artistes during the event which was graced by almost all the big names as far as music in the Midlands is concerned.
Goodchild who had been up for four nominations scooped the Best R’n’B Artist (male), Best Collaboration as well as the Best Music Video through the hit “Arikundinyepera”.
Little known “L Katt” who is under the tutelage of Maskiri at Mhondoro Studios could not hide his delight for his own feat which saw him taking home awards for Best Digital Album, Best Hip Hop as well as the Best Collaboration which he did with Goodchild, “Tisanyadzise”.
The musician dedicated his three accolades to his mentor whom he said showed so much trust and confidence that he had a lot to offer.
“I dedicate the award to my mentor and boss at Mhondoro Studios; Maskiri who took me in and is making me the musician I am so far.
“He has shown confidence in me and I believe I still have a lot more to offer,” said the artist whose real name is Lovejoy Matare.
The awarding ceremony also saw other big winners with sungura musician Peter Moyo taking the Best Live Recording Album as well as the Best Sungura artiste.
Despite being nominated on three occasions, gospel artiste Mathias Mhere was one of the notable absentees from the podium as he failed to bag any accolade in the ceremony which was largely based on internet voting.
In the Best Gospel (male) category Mhere played second fiddle to little known Trymon Mutidza.
In the dancehall category, there were no surprises at all as Gweru based sensation Legion bagged the award ahead of four others.
The musician put the icing on the cake by delivering a breathtaking performance that literary brought the house down with virtually all the guests going to dancing paces with his hit “Tsvimbo YaMoses”.
Producer Oskid who has worked with almost all the big names in the Midlands Province took home the Best Producer accolade.
Meanwhile veteran reggae artist Man Soul Jah took the opportunity to urge performing artists to be humble so as to prolong their careers when he delivered the opening speech at the ceremony.
Man Soul Jah who was the guest of honour, advised artists to avoid being big-headed if they want their careers to blossom.
“As artists we should try by all means to be as humble as possible especially to our fans as they are the ones who push us to our goals.
“A number of musicians however fail to handle the success and stardom that music brings about and end up abusing their privileges by failing to come to shows or even verbally of physically abusing fans,”he said.
The veteran musician went on to blast Stunner who for unknown reason failed to honour Gweru shows on two different occasions.
“We should not allow this superstar syndrome getting into our heads.
“These young artists sometimes tend to fail to get it, look at Stunner, he was supposed to come for shows here in Gweru but he never showed up and that to the fans is just pure lack of respect and the danger is that it is more difficult to try and convince people of your innocence once the damage has already been done.
“It’s so easy to destroy instantly what has been sweated for and even more difficult to rebuild once one has already fallen,” said Man Soul Jah.
The musician who is also a broadcaster and the station manager of ZBC Voice of Zimbabwe went on to advise the musicians to be on alert on how they manage their affairs.
Other winners on the night were as follows;
Best Afro Jazz: Jazzi Jazz
Best Upcoming: Slykiezle
Best Rn’B (Female): Marcy Jay
Best Rn’B (Male): Goodchild
Best Raggae Artist: Bantuman
Best Sungura: Peter Moyo
Best Digital Album: Good Life by L Katt
Best Club DJ: DJ Stavo
Best Gospel (Female): Sharon Manyika
Best Gospel (Male): Trymore Mutidza
Best Radio DJ: DJ Chilli (Power FM)
Best House Artist: Mr Khoax
Best Jazz Afro Pop: Shingi Mangoma
Best Collaboration: L Katt and Goodchild
Best Producer: Oskid
Best Music Video: Goodchild (Arikundinyepera)
Best Hip Hop: L Katt
Best Live Recording Album: Peter Moyo
Best Promoter: Mavis Koslek
Best Dancehall Artist: Legion