It was a night to remember at the National Arts Merit Awards at the Harare International Conference Centre when artistes were awarded in various categories for their outstanding works.The music category, which usually attracts a lot of attention and feedback, had surprise winners this year.In a category that involved all artistes, gospel singer Mai Patai made a mark when she was voted the best in the People’s Choice category.
It is a good year for Mai Patai, who also became the first woman to be to make it into the top three of Coca-Cola Radio Zimbabwe Top 50.Winning another accolade means the lady had a great potential with her album titled “Punish the Devil”. She has indeed punished the devil with great success.Rising dancehall singer Enzo Ishall proved why he is called the man of the moment when “Kanjiva” was voted the best song of the year.
Janet Manyowa continues to push the envelope in the gospel category. After many accolades in previous awards ceremonies, this time she bagged the Outstanding Female Musician of the Year while the Outstanding Male Musician Award went to “Nzenza” hitmaker Ex-Q.