Just downstairs to this publication’s premises, a compact disc street vendor has found a way to manipulate the whole building’s music preferences with an aggressive style of marketing where he plays his music full blast from morning to evening, something that has even made the writer on more than one occasion to absent-mindedly sing Tinotenda Katsande’s “Handina Mweya Unotongwa.”
There is no doubt that these men and women together with kombi operators have become major players in the final outcomes of the “song of the year” nomination no matter which radio or television station you subscribe to.
“Judging from the sales that I have made this year, it will be daylight robbery for either of Obert Chari’s “Mebo,” Enzo’s “Kanjiva” Baba Harare’s “Hat Dzemurara” or “Handina Mweya Unotongwa” by Tino Katsande to miss the song of the year award,” said Isiah Mutanga, a CD vendor who operates along first street.
“I would have tipped Handina Mweya Unotongwa to walk away with the gong, but you see, gospel tracks never walk away with such awards.
“Remember that year when Ebenezer had was on spotlight from the beginning of the year to its end, only for Winky D’s a month or two old Disappear, at the time of awards ceremony time to win the prize. So, for song of this year I am tipping Baba Harare’s “Hat Dzemurara” or Enzo’s Kanjiva,” said John Pakasi another CD vendor.
“Song of the year should go to either Jah Signal’s “Sweety” or “Kanjiva” by Enzo zvotopera,” were the sentiments of Lowin Tagwirei a kombi driver.
With the word of the streets tipping Enzo ishall, Jah Signal, Obert Chari and Tinotenda Katsande will the usual culprits of awards harvesting, namely Winky D and Jah Prayzah who both released videos this year, stand the heat?