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Mare scoops top award

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United Kingdom-based Zimbabwean soul diva Cynthia Mare scooped an award for the Best Female UK-based Afro/Caribbean Act at the Black Entertainment Film Fashion Television and Arts Awards (Beffta) ceremony held recently in the UK.

The voluptuous songstress who recently supported Sean Paul on his UK tour, described winning the award as one of the best moments of her life.

Befftas are distinctly special award ceremonies honouring the best showbiz and entertainment personalities in the black and ethnic communities in the UK, US and globally.

“I really didn’t expect to win although I had been nominated. It was quite a shock when they called my name. I walked up to the stage with the crew from SWRadio Africa holding up Zimbabwe flags.

Betty Makoni was among the great friends who proudly accompanied me to the stage to collect the award. It was a brilliant experience,” said Mare.

The talented singer released her debut album titled Happy in 2007 which she followed up with a string of singles. In 2008 her single The Diet topped charts on UK radio stations like BBC1 Xtra, Choice FM, Kiss FM and Bang FM. Last year she released a 14-track album titled Summer of Love.

She has shared the stage with Zimbabwe’s groundbreaking musician Oliver Mtukudzi. Due to her artistry, Mare has become a household name in the famous circles of British pop culture.

“I was the only Zimbabwean to win, but I definitely share this award with the other Zimbabwe nominees who have been working very hard and deserved to be on that stage too,” said Mare, who sings mainly R&B, but incorporates elements of rock, house, and Afro-beat into her music.

Born and bred in Harare, Mare moved to London at the age of 15 with her family and continued with her studies up to university.

“People outside Zimbabwe are starting to recognise me for my music. I realise that I have support from my people who have believed in me for a long time.

“To all who voted for me, I say thank you. I’ve had an amazing year. Winning the Beffta is one of the best moments this year,” added Mare.

She is scheduled to perform alongside popular Nigerian act 2Face in London early November.

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