SUNGURA ace Alick Macheso got a face saver from his track Macharangwanda which earned him top spot on the Coca-Cola top 50 for 2013 that was held by Radio Zimbabwe on December 31.
Though worth just $1,200 the prize should come as a relief to the musician, who spent the better part of the year overshadowed by fellow musicians Sulumani Chimbetu and Jah Prayzah among others.
Sulu’s Sean Timba sat on second position while Jah Prayzah settled for third with Tsviriyo.
The duo begged $800 and $600 and hampers respectively.
Coupled with a Coca-Cola products hamper the prize should at least give Macheso bragging rights after his album Kwatabva mitunhu: Kure kwekure was relegated to mediocrity.
The musician was battered left right and centre by critics who felt the musican was way past his sell by date.
But he soldiered on staging shows even when the odds did not favour at life performances.
The Coca-Cola top 50 competition is one of the platforms on which music success can be measured and is normally dominated by that year’s hits particularly on the sungura genre.
Over the years the competition has ensured that music lovers are involved in the selection of winners by voting via different mediums.
Musicians also get an urge to release quality music influenced by the competitiveness of the event.
Macheso’s management this week said they were surprised by the results.
“We were surprised at the out-come, but I bet it all boils down to the fans determining what they want,” said Jetio Machanja, assistant manager of Macheso’s Orchestar Mberikwazvo.
Machanja said their January break would last on January 24 when they are scheduled to perform at Pamuzinda Highway Escape.
The show will see Macheso re-uniting with Progress Chipfumo as well as Leonard Zhakata who released his latest album Zvangu Zvaita just before the end of the year.