History is beckoning for Zimbabwe’s promising yet accomplished musician Janet Manyowa who has received a staggering and impressive 8 nominations at tomorrow’s ZIMA awards.
By Mlondolozi Ndlovu
Janet Manyowa (30) steamrolled into national stardom after releasing her debut hit single Amazing God in 2014 which featured USA based DR Comfort Manyame.
The track would become part of the Top 50 Songs of the year on Power FM, and peaked at number one on ZiFM Stereo’s Gospel show, and grabbing the second spot on Star FM’s Gospel Greats.
After making an outstanding impact through the popular Amazing God, she followed up with another single Ndomira Kwamuri.
Her song, Amazing God was ground breaking and monumental, yet the follow up was even more outstanding.
Against all odds and history, Ndomira Pamuri grabbed the number one spots on all and every radio station in Zimbabwe. A mean feat, a blockbuster achievement, a historic bang into stardom.
She was duly rewarded. As the year 2015 ended, and with it the annual charts and reviews, the song was ranked number three on ZIFM, number 5 on Star FM’s Gospel Greats Show, number 4 on the Power FM top 50, and number 6 on the online ZIMNET radio.
The Christian musician then decided to come up with an album titled King of Glory in August 2015, produced by the respected duo of Tremier Msipa and David Sengwayo.
For her amazing voice, and ability to dazzle in worship, she now stands at the foot of history. Her album received a staggering and unprecedented 8 nominations at the Zimbabwe Music Awards (ZIMA) scheduled for tommorow.
The album has been nominated in the categories of Best Film and Arts, Best Video, Best Collaboration (with Mahendere brothers), Best Album of the year and Best Contemporary Gospel album.
Speaking exclusively to this reporter Manyowa said she owes her success to the Almighty God and her husband who doubles up as her manager, Munyaradzi Manyowa.
“It’s an exciting thing to get nominations. I am very happy with the recognition of what I am doing in society” she said.
“First of all I owe my success to God. I also owe it to my husband, my parents and my pastors” added the soft spoken beauty.
For such a star, an entertainer, she is modest, soft, and unbelievably humble. Where fame often translates into pride, Manyowa’s fame has only made her more humble.
Her excellence is undoubted, and the nominations are justified. She has made a mark on Zimbabwe’s music scene, and a big one too. She is one of the biggest contemporary stars in the nation right now, regularly being invited to perform at local churches, functions, like the Women’s Arts Festival, Celebration Center with the Celebration Choir, ZAOGA Live DVD among other respected gospel forums in the country.
History beckons for her. The awards tommorow will likely bring recognition. She has written her way into stardom, and beamed a bright light and a breadth of air into several lives.