Little known musician Anderson Mamimine’s album Hell on Earth has scooped the second prize of Voice America’s Health in Your Community contest.
BY SILENCE CHARUMBIRA
The contest which is part of VOA’s Africa Health Network saw Nigeria’s Israel Oseun Dasco scoopng the top prize, while his fellow countryman Erah Utomi came out third.
Although he is yet to receive the information on the entitlements of the prize, Mamimine told StandardLife&Style he was honoured by the award.
“There is nothing more satisfying than this award which I am receiving on behalf of The Save Humanity Project, our funding partner The Centre and artists who assisted me like Oliver Mtukudzi, Chiwoniso Maraire, Willis Wattafi, Dereck Mpofu, Albert Nyathi and RazorKutt from South Africa,” he said.
“More importantly the award is for the children who make up the Positive Life Choir, some of whom died before the project was completed.”
Mamimine said he was overwhelmed by the recognition he has been getting internationally. The album is being distributed in East and Southern Africa under the Swedish HIV and Aids workplace programme run by SafAids, and is targeted at truck drivers.
SafAids deals with information and dissemination of information on HIV and Aids.
Long-distance truck drivers are a key role in curbing the HIV and Aids epidemic, due to their interactions with people across various borders.
The distribution model has worked wonders in making sure the music reaches a diverse audience, a dream come true for Mamimine who looked too ambitious for many when he started his Anderson Save Humanity Project.
His dream was to bring hope to unfortunate children that fate had condemned to utter poverty after the deaths of their parents in the 2007 Dzivaresekwa train/bus disaster, while others lost their guardians to HIV and Aids.
On the album, Mamimine sang on a wide range of subjects from natural disasters caused by irresponsibility, HIV and Aids and hunger among other issues.
The sound on most of the tracks is mainly classical fusion, that are complemented by Mamimine’s winning guitar.
Although his vocals are a major drawback, the quality of the music and the content as well as the instrumentation ultimately win the day.