Popular gospel musician Rev Togarepi Chivaviro, whose single ‘Ebenezer’ is a must for every music lover’s playlist, has been nominated for two awards in the upcoming Trumpet Africa Gospel Awards 2016.
The Awards will be held in Pretoria state theatre South Africa on the 29th of May with Rev Chivaviro and his group invited at the awards ceremony.
The Ebenezer hit maker has been nominated in the Best Gospel Collaboration category together with Celebration Centre choir Bonnie Deuschle (Zimbabwe): Yahweh Wumi & Victizzle (Nigeria), Benachi & Kaberere (Kenya).
In the Best Traditional Gospel category, Rev Chivaviro will battle it out with Enkay (Nigeria) Shongwe & Kuphuka (Swaziland) Worship House (South Africa).
In an interview with NewZimbabwe.com, Chivaviro said: “We thank God for taking us this far. “We were very humbled when the organisers invited us to come and perform at the event after checking our videos on YouTube.
“However, being nominated is deeper grace; this song (Ebenezer) has opened unlimited doors for us.
“We believe we are going there representing our country and we definitely will do our best.”
He encouraged Zimbabweans based in Gauteng province, especially Pretoria to come in numbers to the Pretoria State Theatre on the evening of May 29 to support them.
“Let’s bring our flags and wave them high as we perform and worship on that stage.
“By God’s grace we might bring home something; but we are very satisfied with the recognition itself.”
A month ago the ‘Ebenezer’ hitmaker signed a deal with world renowned online music distribution giant TUNECORE to ensure that his fans around the globe are not starved of his music.
Rev Chivaviro’s songs have been doing extremely well on YouTube with more than five of them attracting about 100,000 views each.
‘Ebenezer’, which was uploaded in May last year, now stands at 637,870 views, making it probably the most viewed all Zimbabwean song in such a short time.
The song fast gaining ground on Oliver Mtukudzi’s ‘Neria’ which was uploaded by BBC Africa in September 2009 which stands at over 700,000 views.