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Bulawayo born musicians nominated for the Zimbabwe Achievers Awards

by Lance Chigodo
13 Sep 2015 at 10:18hrs | Views
BULAWAYO born musicians Delani Makhalima and Berita Khumalo who are based in South Africa have been nominated for the Zimbabwe Achievers Awards in South Africa that are set for November.

On the list of nominees which was published a week ago at the Zimbabwean embassy in Pretoria, Makhalima was nominated for the People's Choice Award while Khumalo was nominated for the Musician of the Year Award for the second time.

The awards finale will be held at The Hytte Regency hotel in Rosebank.

The Zimbabwe Achievers Awards are awards meant to honour Zimbabweans who have managed to accomplish exceptional achievements in their adopted countries.

In his speech at the event, the ZAA South Africa CEO, Richard Moyo, said the awards were also a way to appreciate the African migration affair which was a very common factor across the African continent.

"The awards are not just about outstanding Zimbabweans who have flown the country's flag high in South Africa but are a celebration of the African migration story that has affected millions across the continent," he said.

Khumalo has worked with a number of local and international Afro Soul artistes such as Oliver Mtukudzi and Hugh Masekela.

She recently produced a single titled Mwana waMai with the two great musicians.

In an interview with Sunday Leisure, the 24-year-old songstress said she was excited and feels honoured to be nominated for the particular award.

"Artist of the year is a big award. The year 2015 has been amazing in-terms of my music. The reception to my second album Songs of Empowerment has been great, I am so humbled and inspired by receiving this big nomination," she said.

The Afro-soul queen has also been nominated for several awards in South Africa such as 12th Metro Award for best African album, the 2013 Metro Awards-Best African pop album and for Best Afro Soul Artist at the 8th annual Satmas.

In this year's nomination she is with other renowned personalities in the South African music industry such as Nadia Nakai and Buffalo Soldier.

"I am so grateful to be nominated in such a big category. I respect all the nominated artistes' hustle, particularly the young lady Nadia Nakai," said Khumalo.

She also said she has recently released the remix of the song Mwana waMai with Black Motion and she was working on the music video.

On the other hand Makhalima has done impressive work in the music industry since the days when urban grooves as a genre was dominant. He has worked with renowned local artistes such as Dino Mudondo, David Chifunyise, Willom Tight, Audius Mtawarira and Alexio Kawara.

He is also well known in South Africa where he worked with numerous musicians like Skwatta Kamp, HHP and Zonke. He also worked as a presenter for SABC's Metro FM which is one of Africa's largest urban radio stations.

Makhalima is a ZiFM presenter and producer and was selected to be part of the Adjudication Committee for the All Africa Music Awards (Afrimas) which will take place in November.

Source - sundaynews