Prince Mafukidze up for gospel award

Michael Shoko

GOSPEL musician Prince Mafukidze has been nominated for an award at the Africa Gospel Music Awards to be held in London on July 7.  
He was nominated in the Artist of the Year –– Southern Africa category along with other regional artistes such as Patrick Duncan, Solly Mahlangu, Hlengiwe Mhlaba and Keke Phoofolo among others.
Mafukidze, who is currently on tour in the United States, has made waves in the gospel music scene since his first album From Where I Stand in 2000, It’s Ok (2003), Ndamirira (2007) and his latest offering, It’s My Season, which was released last year.
The soulful crooner has managed to reach out to a diverse audience since he sings in Shona, English and Ndebele.
Speaking to IndependentXtra from Washington DC where he is set to perform together with Pastor G, Mafukidze said he was humbled by the nomination.
“I am humbled yet honoured at the same time. It’s such a great acknowledgment of years of creative work and service to God and I guess this is God’s way of confirming that he is a rewarder,” Mafukidze said.
“The nomination on its own is a great honour, winning it will be the icing on the cake, this will be a victory for Christianity, for Zimbabwe and Africa as a whole.”
Another Zimbabwean, Tatendaishe “DJ Tait” Gudyanga, was also nominated in the Gospel Radio Presenter of the Year category and his show in the Radio Programme of the Year category.
Dj Tait is the host of the Gospel Train Show on Zimnet Radio, an internet radio station.
Meanwhile, Mafukidze said he was happy with the response he has received on their tour of the US.
“The reception has been great, sometimes we take for granted the power of music and its ability to go where we have not been, touch and change lives we have not seen,” he said.
“It has been a blessing to have been able to bring Pastor G with me this time, and I hope to bring more Zimbabwean artists next year.”
The pair will be performing in 11 states among them North Carolina, New York, Dallas, Michigan, Minnesota and Ohio.