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Inside Killer T's massive Nama awards loss
15/02/2016 00:00:00
by Tendai Jonas I Own Correspondent
No hard feelings ... Killer T while on tour in the UK
NAMA awards: Winky D vs Jah Prayzah

HARARE: Being nominated for three coveted awards and losing out on all of them when he dominated the showbiz scene in 2015 should normally be a disappointment for Killer T but the Mbare-based Zimdancehall singer is taking the setback in his stride.

Killer T, born Kelvin Kusikwenyu, stormed the Zimbabwe showbiz scene with his Ngoma Ndaimba album for 2015. It dominated all the chats while hit songs such as Itai Ndione and Tavekuda Kumbofarawo immediately became favourites and club bangers.

The album also carried other songs such as Maisafanira Kundirega and Kukosha Kwechikorobho that speak to the counscious self. The album was well accepted, with the elderly in society also singling him out among a plethora of other Zimdancehall artists such as Winky D, Jah Luv and She Calaz.

Killer T had also been consistent with his work ahead of the 2015 album, releasing songs such as Ushamwari weNhema in December 2014 and a host of others in early 2015. He travelled across the country, holding shows in Victoria Falls, Bulawayo, Bindura, Marondera, Masvingo, Beitbridge and Mutare among other areas.

“He did all that an artist can do and he deserved to win at least one award.

“He was overtaken by Winky D’s song Disappear at the last minute but, overally, 2015 was his year,” said Nesbert Nyatsambo, who attended the Nama awards ceremony at 7 Arts Theatre in Avondale on Saturday.

Killer T- Takumbofarawo

Killer T had been nominated for the Best Male Musician of the year, for the song of the year (Tave Kuda Kumbofarawo) and Album of the year, with Ngoma Ndaimba. For both awards categories, he was nominated alongside Winky D and Jah Prayzah and, from the beginning, it was always going to be a close call.

“I would rather concentrate on my work and album for 2016 and the fans will always support me because I work hard.

“Losing on the awards will not set me back, tiri magettoh youths and hatimire kushanda kana kudzokera kumashure,” Killer T said after the awards ceremony.


He arrived at the awards ceremony dressed in a black trousers, with long sleeved shirt and black shoes. He did not even have an invite to the awards and his manager, Kudzai Biston, actually negotiated for him to gain entry.

Reports say his previous manager, Brian Marukutira (DJ Bimma) has not reported for work in the past few weeks while there are also suggestions that their working relationship has broken down.

Once inside, Killer T did not take up his seat in the front where Winky D and Jah Prayzah as well as other nominees and invited guests were seated.

He strolled up the stairs of the massive theatre room and went all the way to the back, where he could not find seating space and was actually forced to watch proceedings for nearly an hour while on his feet.

“We may get at least one. One hatizoshayawo jahman,” he whispered into the ear of his manager and two other colleagues accompanying him for the awards. He wore a smile through-out the proceedings and cracked jokes, ocassionally taking a call in between.

When the music category awards started and the winners were announced, Killer T only mumbled a few words to his friends but showed no disappointment. If he was disappointed, he did not show it and watched as Jah Prayzah and Winky D took turns to walk up to the stage to claim their awards.

After the awards for which he was nominated were complete, he exited the 7 Arts and had a few photographs taken with few fans. Meanwhile, in the adjacent room, Jah Prayzah was having official photographs after winning his second award for the day.

Maaward nominations takamaona and zvese zvinobva kwamuri mafans eHot Property; maawards ndeenyu because ndimi munoteerera mangoma; ndimi munogadzira mahits and gettoh life inspires those songs,” Killer T said in a message to his fans last week.

After the awards, he gave an emotional and well-polished performance at Mbare Netball Complex where Jah Luv and his wife, Bounty Lisa, were launching their albums.

Killer T was the first big artist to take to the stage and he played without a hat on his head for the first time in many years, while belting out the hit songs that made him a household name in 2015 and before.

Fungisai Feat Killer T - Vanondi Batirana

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