Rev Chivaviro delighted with his nomination at the InterContinental Music Awards

the herald

Arts journalist

US-based Zimbabwean gospel musician Reverend Togarirepi Chivaviro is delighted with his nomination for the Intercontinental Music Awards (ICMA) which will be broadcast live on July 31.

Rev Chivaviro was nominated in the sungura category for his song “Kana Wakayambuka”.

In an interview with The Herald Arts, the musician said he was happy with the nomination, saying such recognition inspires musicians to do more.

“It’s a great thing for us, we have several awards from home and had several nominations and a few awards from the African continent, but to be recognized and appreciated on the world stage is something great.”

He chose to submit “Kana Wakayambuka” because it was trending and loved by diasporas as well.

“When they solicited entries, we deliberately chose the song ‘Kana Wakayambuka’ because I realized that at such levels, it’s always beneficial to showcase original traditional sounds,” he added. .

“This track has a sungura-dendera feel to it and I felt it represented us well as a country. Yeah, it might not be the Grammys, but it’s a step in that direction.

However, according to organizers, the Los Angeles-based InterContinental Music Awards is a musical talent competition that evaluates entries from a global and ethical perspective through a panel of judges who are active music professionals. industry and music industry executives.

Winners are rewarded with high-quality education, prizes, and direct coaching on how to succeed in the music industry.

For more than a decade, ICMA has recognized musical talent from every continent and region of the world, while communicating messages of peace, unity and love through the language of music. Each year, winners are rewarded with exquisite prizes, ranging from high-quality music production, to launching their gigging careers on the big stage, to education and mentorship on how to take their careers to the next level. at the top level.

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