Mutunga Dzose beats ‘em all
4 January 2017
. . . Zhakata hails Radio Zim listeners
. . . owes success to Makandiwa
MUSICIAN Leonard Zhakata says he will not lose sleep over critics questioning his triumph in the 2016 Coca Cola Radio Zimbabwe Top 50.
Instead, the media-shy lyricist says fans had spoken and there was nothing he could do to influence the outcome of the results.
Zhakata has been under the spotlight on social media after three of his songs – Madam Boss, Zvine Mwaka and Moyo Wekutenda off his 21st album Mutunga Dzose – made top three.
And for his triumph, Zhakata stands a chance to pocket $6000.
For the first prize which he won with his song Madam Boss featuring Progress Chipfumo and Suluman Chimbetu, he will pocket $2500.
For the second and third prizes, he wins $2000 and $1500 respectively.
Responding to critics who felt he did not deserve to win the top prizes, Zhakata said:
“My phone has been inundated with calls from people who were congratulating me for my victory with some querying my triumph but I don’t have much to say since people have spoken through the ballot.
“In fact, there was a voting process which was followed and I could not manipulate the voting process.
“I am humbled by the fans who voted for me and it shows that my music still touches hearts of many who decided to vote for my songs.
“I would not read much into what people say.
In fact, the same applies to political elections where the most vocal people are usually the ones who would not have voted or registered to vote.”
Asked whether his spiritual father Emmanuel Makandiwa had urged members of his flock to vote for his songs as is being implied on social media, Zhakata explained;
“Every artiste or person who believes he (Makandiwa) influenced the votes, is always free to come and receive the blessings.
“Like I said earlier on, the real fans have spoken and that’s all I can say for now.”
“Following this success, we will continue working hard and I will be celebrating it with fans.
“We are organising something special for our fans who have been loyal to us over the years and they deserve to enjoy with us.”
Meanwhile, fellow musician Alick Macheso narrowly missed out on the prize money after his three songs – Gungwa, Wandirangaridza and Mudemude – were voted on position four, five and six respectively.
Jah Prayzah and Winky D are two more household names who missed out in the top ten despite their exploits in 2016.
Fans who correctly predicted the top three will get vouchers.
Below is the list of winners and the votes they polled: