HARARE – Gospel hit song Ebenezer scooped a continental gong for Best Collaboration over the weekend at Trumpet Africa Music Gospel Awards held in South Africa on Sunday.
Toggy Chivaviro said the song had surpassed his expectations.
“This award is for Zimbabwe and Ebenezer still continues to fly high. It’s ironic that we never got any recognition or nomination at all major Zim awards for this song. God has his own ways; we give him all the glory,” said Chivaviro.
Apart from scooping the prestigious gong, Chivaviro also got a chance to showcase his talent at the event, where he shared the stage with a number of artistes from Africa.
“Performing before such a fully-packed audience with dignitaries and celebrities from across Africa is an achievement for us, especially when the hall resonated with everyone singing along to Ebenezer.
“We were totally overwhelmed by the magnitude of the event, so many Zimbabweans came to support us …,” he said.
Some of the local artistes who graced the South African event include Rumbi Zvirikuzhe, Tatenda Mahachi, Tyra Chikocho, Zet Mndluli, Sandra Chirenje, Prosper Mateva and Alpha Ngoni.
One of the founding members of National Arts Merit Awards (Nama) Fred Zindi once castigated the selection criteria used by Nama and Zimbabwe Music Awards (Zima) in coming up with the song of the year winners, after failing to award Chivaviro for the hit song Ebenezer.
“I do not care what Nama and Zima adjudicators say about Ebenezer, to me it was a song of the year. I do not want to say much about the politics associated with those awards as I have been part of them before and I know how they operate,” said Zindi during the launch of Chivaviro’s latest albums, Mhepo Inoperekedza and Tsitsi Dzake Ihuru early this year in Harare.
Some of his albums include Peace, Hope and Love (1999), Best of Rev TT Chivaviro (2006), The Return (2009), Ishe Taungana (2013) and Ebenezer Tiri Munyasha which is his 10th studio album.