AFRO-JAZZ sensation Pah Chihera and mbira princess Hope Masike have expressed fears that glitches experienced with the sms voting platform for the 2016 Kora All Africa Music Awards may blow away their chances of landing the gong following their nominations.
BY WINSTONE ANTONIO
Although voting started on January 25, it has emerged that some of the messages sent through the voting platform on +248984000 under Kora code 58 and 78 for Masike and Pah Chihera respectively were not delivered.
Masike said many of her fans have contacted her and expressed their concerns.
“Things are not looking good for us. The system is not doing justice to us, but there is nothing much we can do. We just hope things will be well,” Masike said.
“On our own, our voices are not loud enough so we are appealing to all media and corporates to assist us to raise the Zimbabwean flag on online search engines and beyond.”
Pah Chihera was nominated in the Best Female Artiste Southern Africa category while Masike is vying for honours in the Best Traditional Female Artiste category in what is regarded as Africa’s premier music event.
Pah Chihera said she believed her fans will be pivotal in her quest for glory by voting for her.
The Runonzi Rudo hitmaker will battle it out with Monea and Busiswa from South Africa, Elize Dentilinger from Namibia Bruna Tatiana from Angola and Lizha James from Mozambique while Masike on the other hand, will seek to outpace Abbey Lakew of Ethiopia, Namibia’s Erna Chimu, Sham Geshu from Eritrea, Cecil Kayirebwa of Rwanda and Dobet Gnabore of Ivory Coast with her song, Huyai Tinamate.