“We thank God for the reception we got for our song which touched from the little 2-year-olds to the President of the nation.”
Reverend TT Chivaviro has made a bold declaration and said that they will not be entering their music in any Awards competition.
In an exclusive interview with Zimbuzz , the Ebenezer hit-maker felt that God was communicating something to them.
His concerns come after losing the Song of the Year award to Wink D’s Disappear– a song which fell out of the required cut-off date of consideration, which according to ZIMA is August of the previous year to August of present Year.
“I think God is saying something to us about this award thing because the same happened at NAMA, our music should just be for spreading the gospel to all nations, our satisfaction should come when people get touched by our music, hearts uplifted, souls healed etc, and I’m sure we will not be entering these things again, we have since asked our manager not to enter us for awards in future,” he said.
“We thank God for the reception we got for our song which touched from the little 2-year-olds to the President of the nation,” he added.
An official from ZIMA, Farai Chapoterera also conceded to this fact when asked by journalists about this anomaly and she said they included Winky D’s song because “We knew that the public was not going to understand it if Disappear was not included in the category…”
Asked what God was saying to them Rev Chivaviro said: “God is saying our main calling is not for music that wins awards but for music that touches and transforms lives.”
He also said that this should not be seen as jealousy or an issue of sour grapes especially after also losing out to Mathias Mhere in the Traditional Gospel Music category
“Mathias is a young brother to me and we have been chatting even this morning (yesterday) about my launch on Wednesday which he is attending, I even congratulated him on winning,” he explained
“I see this as lessons to me rather, God speaks in different ways to different people and these NAMA and ZIMA happenings were a big lesson to me in particular.”
Meanwhile, Rev Chivaviro will be launching the sequel to Ebenezer this Wednesday, 2 March at the Anglican Cathedral in Harare.
Titled ‘Mhepo Inoperekedza- Tiri Munyasha Part 2’, the launch starts at 0530 pm.