Tasarina honoured at Midlands Music Awards

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Best Traditional Gospel Music - Mathias Mhere.

THE late Midlands songstress Tasarina, who died in a car crash in April was honoured at the Midlands Music Awards (MMA) held in Gweru at the weekend.

BY IVAN NDLOVU

Tasarina, real name Blessing Chibaya, was honoured at the beginning of the awards ceremony through a moment of silence and a tribute song.

Samukoko, who had a number of collaborations with Tasarina, performed some of their famous songs like Murume Wangu, with Aiisha singing Tasarina’s verses.

Tasarina was posthumously given the Best Jazz musician award which was received by her mother.

Meanwhile, renowned gospel artist Mathias Mhere had a double celebration on the night after winning the best gospel album and the best album of the year in 2015.

Mhere only had a few words to say as he received the awards, attributing all his success to God.

“Favour comes from God. He is always good to me,” he said.

After receiving his award, Mhere did not disappoint as he put an energetic performance with his band.

The events co-ordinator of the MMA, Mavis Koslek, said she was delighted by the support the awards got.

“The attendance was amazing. I didn’t think so many people would come” said Koslek.

Midlands provincial education director Agnes Gudo, who was the guest of honour, said piracy was the major reason why the music industry was failing to grow.

Other artistes that won awards are as follows:

Afropop album- Soul Africa

House album- Shingi Mangoma

Best producer- Prince Oskidi

Best hip-hop album- Elkat

RnB soul music- Valentine

Reggae and fusion- Jowera

Best collaboration- Elkat and Maskiri’s Nakuyewa

Best newcomer- Nivel Club

DJ Gweru- DJ Nasty Club

DJ Kwekwe- DJ Brian

This was the second edition of the MMA which was set up to expose and promote artistes in Midlands.

Tasarina was posthumously given the Best Jazz musician award which was received by her mother.