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Tongai ‘Dhewa’ Moyo honoured

Initiative chairman Joseph Mututi said they had approached council with the view of having the local authority entrench Dhewa’s legacy in the city by naming a street in his remembrance.

Radio Kwelaz launched the inaugural Kwekwe FM Music Awards (Kwema) on December 21 to celebrate outstanding musical talent in the gold mining city which has played second fiddle to Harare musicians over the years.

The glittering awards ceremony, held at Queens Sports Club, saw outstanding achievers in 10 different categories walking away with certificates and prize money worth US$100 donated by Mbizo constituency Member of Parliament Settlement Chikwinya and local businessman Nelson Mashiri.

DJ Brian walked away with the best DJ award, after  proving to be very popular at various night spots in the city since 2000 when he regularly hosted house parties and played at a popular club, King Solomons.

The DJ now hosts Friday night shows at Club 007 alongside a number of budding jockeys under his tutelage.

Amaveni Methodist church won the choral music award, while upcoming gospel outfit Family Africa walked away with the gospel award.
Former Utakataka express bassist Ronny Mudhindo now with his Orchestra Vazvamburi band clinched the sungura award for his song Bhora Pasi which has taken the town by storm.

Bob Nyabinde and Dumosteel arts academy founder and musician Tawanda Jumo also walked away with special awards for being Kwekwe’s music ambassadors and in identifying talent and nurturing it respectively.

The night however belonged to the late Moyo who was given the life time achievers awards received by his wife at the colourful ceremony.

Mututi said the late Samanyemba hit-maker had brought invaluable wealth to Kwekwe in terms of art and deserves to have his legacy entrenched in the city for future generations.

“Tongai rose from nothing to become a top musician, despite his success unlike other musicians who quickly relocate to Harare, he remained a loyal and committed son of Kwekwe and for that we respect the father of style and music tonight,” said Mututi.

Chikwinya said Moyo was a hero not only for Kwekwe but the nation at large and deserved to be declared a national hero, which he contends the people of Zimbabwe accorded him on his death.

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