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Winky D, Shumba win big

By Matthew Masinge / Published on Wednesday, 17 Jan 2018 16:26 PM / No Comments / 1327 views

17 January 2018

Winky D flanked by ZBC TV acting head Paul Gama (L) and Coca-Cola Senior Brands manager Vee Chibanda (R)

MUSICIANS Winky D and Blessing Shumba, who topped the Coca-Cola ZBC TV videos and Radio Zimbabwe Top 50 songs, were yesterday presented with their prize money.

They each pocketed $4500.

Winky had his two videos -Rugare featuring Buffalo Souljah and My Woman featuring Beenie Man- claiming the first and second positions.

Mutare-based gospel musician Blessing Shumba dominated the Coca-Cola Radio Zimbabwe Top 50 songs with Changa Chajaira and Tariro Ichiripo being voted first and second.

Blessing Shumba and wife

The musicians were also joined by fellow artistes Sniper Storm and John Munodawafa, who scooped the third positions for the video Tsvigiri Muhuchi and song Ndidzivirireyi respectively.

For their efforts, both musicians pocketed US$1 500 each.

The award presentation also saw 20 fans who predicted both the videos and songs correctly receiving their prizes that included cell phones, speakers, home theatres, television sets and hampers.

Both Winky D and Shumba are not new on the Coca-Cola winners’ podium and the former has given credit to his fans.

“Kuita uku hazvireve ndogona stereki, mbiri haibve kune zvazvinotaura asi kunemi vanozvitambira.

“Togona kuimba makudo akatamba asi mukasazvitambira hapana zvatinenge taita. Saka ndokutendai nesupport yacho kubva patakatanga kusvika nhasi,” Winky D said.

Winky D also promised to wow fans on his forthcoming album launch stated for HICC on February 2 hosted by 2 Kings Entertainment in collaboration with Vigilance Music.

“I once said I am the Ninja, came back as The Gafa but now I am Gombwe, go look for a dictionary and learn what that word means.

“Gore ratapinda iri mirai henyu ndine manyemwe mirai muone,” he added.
Asked of the secret to his success, Shumba said he has no formula but only thanks God for the grace.

“This is my third time winning these Coca-Cola awards, I once won in 2011 with my song Mufaro and in 2015 with chimwe nechimwe.

“I want to thank God for everything and I don’t remember the secret I just record songs just like any artiste.

“I only recorded the song which was voted number one after a consideration from my wife, I argued and said I can’t do an English song but she insisted,” he said.

Coca-Cola senior brand manager, Vee Chibanda said they are happy to be part of artistes’ dreams.

“As the Coca-Cola system we are happy that the top 50 chats have stood the test of time and has been one of the avenues where artistes are achieving their dreams.

“We have again broadened our music initiatives to include Unplugged and Coke Studio Africa to increase opportunities for our artistes,” she said.

The event also presenters of Coca-Cola radio and television programs being honoured.

Some of the programs include Coke on the Beat, Coca-Cola Daily Sports Zone, Coca-Cola Radio Zimbabwe top 20 and Coca-Cola Sports on the Drive.

Organisers also say there has been an overwhelming response from the public as 1 204 419 votes were recorded by Radio Zimbabwe last year as compared to slightly above 700 000 in 2016.

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