Gospel artist Reverend Toggy Chivaviro’s video for the song Mumwe Ariko Kumusoro, has been nominated in the third SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards under the Best of Africa category.
Zimbo Jam reports that the South African-based Zimbabwean singer said the video was nominated after his manager Allen Dzobo of Artisan Records submitted his music to programmes such as One Gospel (DSTV), Top Gospel (TopTV) and SABC where it received wide airplay and a positive response from viewers and listeners.
Seeing the inspiration in Chivaviro’s music, some of the producers encouraged him to submit the album, Nguva Yakanakisisa, for SABC Crown Gospel Awards.
Chivaviro said the song Mumwe Ariko Kumusoro reminds people about the love of God.
“No matter how people may look down upon you, forsake you, say bad things about you, there is God above who forgives and forgets,” said Chivaviro, who is also the Germiston Methodist Pastor in South Africa.
The song’s video was shot by a Zimbabwean filmmaker known as Slimaz Pro, based in Harare.
The video is among four other videos done by gospel artists outside South Africa nominated at the SABC Crown Gospel Awards.
The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony to be held in Durban on November 21.
“The album is so far the best of all the albums we have produced. People all over the world who understand our language have fallen in love with the music,” said Chivaviro, who started recording in 1999.
On this latest album Chivaviro worked with renowned South African gospel artist Rebecca Malope’s backing vocalists and a Zimbabwean, Rumbie Zvirikuzhe.
A full-time pastor, Chivaviro now collaborates with session musicians in Zimbabwe and South Africa, after having had a stint with a band called The Faith Ambassadors when he was still in Zimbabwe.