Mateva up for award

Rising Zimbabwean gospel musician, Prosper Mateva, is a nominee in the UK Africa Gospel Music Awards.

Prosper Mateva is confident that he will win the award.
Prosper Mateva is confident that he will win the award.

Founded in 2009 the AGMA serves as the face and voice for the Africa gospel/Christian music community worldwide.The event honours and recognises some of the continent’s most talented musicians. This year’s awards, slated for July 7 and dubbed “The Olympic Edition”, will be held at London’s Golders Green Hippodrome. An optimistic Mateva, nominated for Best Discovery of the year, told The Zimbabwean this week that the award came as a result of the airplay his music had received on the UK’s biggest gospel radio station, Premier Gospel.

“Being nominated is an honour and I am hopeful of winning the award,” said Mateva, who has released two albums, Genesis and Pandimire: Where I stand.

“My latest album is doing quite well, considering that I don’t have a distribution company and I am doing most of the marketing on my own. I have also done a lot to promote it in shows mainly in Gauteng, where I have performed with South African musicians like Keke, Regalo and others.”

The AGMA community consists of 8 000 members, including agents, artists, church leaders, managers, promoters, radio personnel, record company executives, retailers, songwriters, and other industry visionaries.

The 29-year-old competes with nine other artists from Kenya, Nigeria and the United Kingdom in his race to land the award.

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