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By Rest Mutore / Published on Wednesday, 03 Jan 2018 15:19 PM / No Comments / 2383 views

3 January 2017

. . . as Blessing Shumba breaks records

MUTARE-BASED gospel musician Blessing Shumba has silenced critics who doubted the quality of his current album – My Season – after emerging the biggest winner of the popular Coca-Cola Radio Zimbabwe Top 50 with two songs sitting on number one and two.

Shumba did not only come out tops, but also managed to garner most votes compared to last year’s edition which was dominated by Leonard Zhakata.

His song Changa Chajaira propelled to number one garnering 140 256 votes compared to Leonard Zhakata’s 104 046 last year.

Another song Tariro Ichiripo which is on second position garnered 138 329 votes compared to Leonard Zhakata’s 89 663 for his song Zvine Mwaka in 2016.

The stats have proved the impact Shumba’s album has made throughout the country as well as his popularity with fans.

In the process the Psalmist, as Shumba is fondly known, pocketed $4500 while John Munodawafa who scooped the third position with his song Ndidzivirireyi will get $1500.

Shumba’s triumph becomes his second biggest achievement after his Chimwe neChimwe was voted the best in 2015.

This year’s edition has also proved that gospel music is still a force to reckon with since all the two musicians who won are into the same genre.

Shumba’s spoke to H-Metro about the triumph which he pointed out to the title of his album – My Season.

“It feels good to realise that people are in love with your music,” he said.

“I think I told you the same when I released the album that I do music to preach the word and I release music for people.

“So it is those people that make their music win, not me. It’s a season of triumph for the fans, it is their season and my season as well,” said Shumba.

Sungura music also proved its dominance with Lucky Kumene’s Clicker Rudo and Tariro were voted number four and six respectively.

Another sungura musician Gift Amuli has two songs in top 10 – with Masvingo sitting fifth while Georgina is number 10.

Tendai Dembo and Martin Sibanda complete a sungura ‘six pack’ in the top 10 with their songs Enia (nine) and Abatwana (seven) respectively.

Vabati VaJehova’s Tivavarire Denga was on number eight to give gospel music four songs in top 10.

Though sungura has the most number of songs (six) in top 10, gospel proved dominant as it scooped all the positions with prize money – number one to three.

Jah Prayzah who was tipped to be the winner only managed positions 45 and 50 with songs Kutonga Kwaro and Ndini Ndamubata respectively.

However, basing on the criterion used, it was impossible for Jah Prayzah to win since the voting process begins in January until December running every Saturday, for the Coca-Cola Top 20 charts.

The votes are then combined with the ‘real time’ votes which are cast end of year, making it difficult for musicians who release their songs in the last quarter of the year to win.

Meanwhile, Ammara Brown’s Akiliz was voted number one on Star FM’s Top 50 Hitlist.

Soul Jah Love’s Pamamonya Ipapo came out tops at Power FM’s Top 100 while unknown James Chawapira was voted number one at National FM’s Top 50.

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