Gospel musicians who released their albums 2014 are crying foul following their failure to get nominated for the National Merit Awards to be held this Saturday.
Forgotten musician Agatha Murudzwa made it to the nominees and she will be battling with Cindy Munyavi and Cynthia Mare on best female musician.
Sabastain Magacha has been ridding well with his album “Ridza Bvosvo” but failed to make it.
The leading gospel couple Charles and Olivia released an album “Wenazareth”.
Mathias Mhere made headlines in 2014 after he released an album “Anoita Minana” that was well received by fans.
On the other hand Leonard Zhakata’s gospel song “Dhonza Makomborero” that topped the charts last year failed to make it to the prestigious awards.
Mutare based musician Blessing Shumba released an album “Ndijesu” that was rated the best among them all did not see the green light.
Fungisai Zvakavapano’s “social facts” could not see the light of the day.
Gospel artists who could not say their names on professional reasons said their work was supposed to be recognised.
“We have done our best but the fact that all these albums failed to get recognition means a lot,” he said.
Another gospel musician said though they accept the outcome of the nominees there was need at least to recognise one of the albums and artists who released new material last year.
Others said there was need to honour one of them as a way of appreciating one of them.
A local pastor Enock Kapfumvuti said honouring gospel musicians is another way of appreciating how God is using them.
“They are send by God to do these things and if those responsible for honouring them can do something then it means they are thanking God,” he said.