HARARE – ZiFM Stereo, Zimbabwe’s first privately-owned radio station has been nominated for the Trumpet Africa Gospel Music Awards (Tagma) for its Sunday gospel programme Get Lifted hosted by Samantha Rusare.
The inaugural Tagma awards will be held in South Africa at the Pretoria State Theatre on May 29, 2016.
The Tagma is aimed at honouring gospel musicians, developing gospel talents, exposing the underdogs in the gospel industry to the world as well as flying the African flag high.
Nominated under the Best Gospel Radio Programme category
together with Milele FM of Kenya’s Sunday Gospel, VOC of Swaziland’s Mphefumulo Wani and Moment of Delivery of Radio Christian Voice from Zambia, ZiFM’s Get Lifted programme presenter Rusare says she is very excited that her programme has been nominated for the prestigious international awards.
“I’m over the moon that my programme Get Lifted has been nominated for this one-of-a-kind continental gospel awards,” she said.
“It shows that our work as ZiFM is being recognised at a global level, and the nomination raises the flag of the station high as far as promoting Christianity and gospel music is concerned.”
Get Lifted was previously nominated for the Permican awards in the Best Gospel Radio Gospel Show category as well as the Courageous Gospel Awards and the Zimbuzz Gospel Awards.
Other local gospel programmes nominated for the Tagma are ZBC-TV’s Morning Praise Zimbabwe which has been selected for the Best Gospel TV Programme category while Rev TT Chivaviro and Friends’ Ebenezer has been nominated for the Best Gospel Collaboration category— together with Bonnie Deuschle and the Celebration Choir.
The Tagma will be held every month of May to commemorate African month, and despite the inaugural event being hosted in South Africa, it will rotate in different African countries — with all 54 African ambassadors in attendance.
The continental gospel event will see artistes from Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, South
Africa, Swaziland and Zimbabwe’s Rev TT Chivaviro performing live on stage.