By style reporter
Award-winning gospel musician Tatenda Mahachi (pictured) says his nomination for the Maranatha Africa Continental Awards (MACOA) is an indication of how his music is impacting lives on the continent.
Mahachi, together with fellow countryman Sebastian Magacha, were among 20 gospel musicians drawn from the continent shortlisted for the Breakthrough Male Minister of the Year 2020 gong at the awards ceremony to be held in Abuja, Nigeria, on April 12.
Another local gospel artiste, Janet Manyowa, was nominated for the Best Music Video award for her video of the song Nyasha Nengoni.
MACOA is designed to acknowledge authentic biblical worship music and to honour exceptional individuals from around the globe.
“It’s an honour being nominated for the Maranatha Africa Continental Awards 2020 to be held in Abuja in April,” Mahachi said.
“Being nominated for continental awards is enough testimony of how my music is reaching out to all four corners of the world.
“I will keep on producing music that impacts the lives of people, especially from our beloved continent.”
Last year Mahachi released the song titled Victory, which is sung in English, Shona and Swahili. The song has an upbeat tempo and the musician says “that makes it compete at the international level”.
The award-winning musician has shared the stage with gospel legends, including Rebecca Malope, at one of South Africa’s biggest music concerts, the AfriGospel Unite Festival, in Durban held last year.
He is a regular performer at the Kings Outreach Ministry International all-night crusade held in Durban anually.
However, his continental breakthrough was when he teamed up with the late gospel music sensation S’fiso Ncwane to release the track Ndinoda Jesu/Ngiyamuthanda UJesu.
Mahachi rose to fame in 2013 after releasing his third album, Agare, which featured Prudence Katomeni-Mbofana. He has worked with several artistes, including DJ Russo, Macdonald “Mac Dee” Chidavaenzi and Clive “Mono” Mukundu, among others.