DJ Tamuka raises flag
Gweru DJ raises city flag high
GWERU based wheel spinner DJ Tamuka flew the cityís flag high on the entertainment front when he bagged the first accolade of his budding career at the Pachedu Awards at Imba Lodge in Harareís Mt Pleasant suburb. The awards ceremony was organised by United
Kingdom based online radio station ZimOnline Radio, to honour local artistes.
ZimOnline Radio also held a similar event in the United Kingdom where Zimbabwean artistes based in that country were honoured.
DJ Tamuka received the Remix Track of The Year award for the remix of Sulumani Chimbetuís hit Sean Timba, which features man of the moment, Jah Prayzah.
The original version of the song Sean Timba, popularly known by music fans as Batai Munhu was without doubt a hit in 2013, but DJ Tamukaís house rendition of the song gave it extra impetus.
The house version of Sean Timba went viral in most night joints across the country last year winning the hearts of music lovers.
Although DJ Tamuka could not be in Harare on the night of the awards ceremony to receive his accolade, the wheel-spinner, who also doubles up as a music producer said he was elated at the recognition he received from ZimOnline.
ďIím so overwhelmed man. It is my first ever award and obviously it means quite a lot to me. I dedicate this award to my family, fans and everyone who supports and believes in me. Iím grateful that my productions are now being recognised,Ē he said.
Born 24 years ago as Tamuka Mponda Makhuluni, DJ Tamuka has been lurking on the periphery of the music industry for a long time, yearning for recognition.
Although the youthfull DJ became a household name in Gweru and surrounding areas his stardom remained static on the national landscape despite his undoubted talent.
His artistry on the turntables finally got due recognition from ZimOnline setting a pedestal for the DJ to take his talent to the world.
His early production Mabhosvo, a compilation of house remixes to popular church choruses was a hit in night clubs and public gatherings between 2008 and 2010, but the compilation never really received due credit from local music pundits.
Most songs on the compilation, such as Abraham became so popular that they would be played in pubs, commuter omnibuses, public places and on local radio stations but sadly DJ Tamuka remained in the wilderness, not as popular as his productions.
His latest dance tune, Secha and the house mix to Bruno Marsí Just The Way You Are which he also did, are doing well in clubs in and around Gweru.
The Gweru born DJ believes the award will open new doors for him in his quest to become one of the most sought after wheel-spinners in the country.
ďIím optimistic this is the beginning of bigger things to come. Like I said the fact that I have received my first accolade means that my music is being listened to out there. This could be the breakthrough Iíve been waiting for,Ē he said.
Other artistes who were also honoured at the Pachedu Awards are afro-jazz sensation Pah Chihera, Jah Prayzah and Sani Makhalima
Jah Prayzah, who is riding high on his quadruple at the recently held National Arts Merit Awards (Nama), received the Music Artist of the Year Award while Makhalima won the Hit Song of the Year award for the song Kubhaguja.
Pah Chihera won the Best Music Video of the Year award for the video to the song Runonzi