26 January 2017
…Coca Cola honours artistes
MUSICIAN Leonard Zhakata yesterday ran short of words at the Coca-Cola prize giving ceremony held at a local hotel.
Zhakata, who scooped US$6000 for topping Radio Zimbabwe Top 50, could not hide his elation at the ceremony where fellow musicians and fans praised the crooner.
Jah Prayzah, Ammara Brown, Ex Q, Tytan and Progress Chipfumo also walked to the winner’s podium but their prize money had been sent via electronic transfers.
The event saw 19 listeners walking away with cash prizes, television sets and hampers from Coca-Cola.
Speaking shortly after the presentation, Zhakata said he owed his success to the fans.
“I can’t say much that has never been said or sang about, I want to thank everyone who supports Zora music and I say thank you for your support.
“I owe this to my fans who used their hard earned money to vote, to call all the ZBC lines, which means a lot to me and I cherish them for their support,” said the media shy Zhakata.
He also praised Coca-Cola for the recognition.
“I have been forced to keep on giving my fans good music and this year I will also work hard to continue producing quality music.
“I also want to thank the sponsors for recognising me and every other artiste; this will go a long way in helping us as musicians.”
Jah Prayzah was also grateful for the fans’ support.
“I want to thank every JP fan who took time to vote for our video, they are the ones who define me as an artiste and I wouldn’t be celebrating today if it weren’t for them sticking with me,” he said.
The lanky star won US$2500 for his video Watora Mari.
Ammara and Tytan shared the same sentiments for the support their duet Mukoko received.
“I want to thank every artiste who helped to push our song and video, the song brought the Nbebeles and the Shonas together and the attention it got was out of this world.
“Thanks to everyone who sang along to Mukoko,” said Tytan.
The musicians pocketed US$2000 for the second best video.
Ammara also shared another prize with ExQ for Bhachura video.
They walked away US$1500 richer.
One of the listeners Muranganwa Svosve from Kwekwe was awarded an LED television for his consistency in the voting process.
He won a radio set in the 2014 edition.