Bulawayo-born gospel singer, Vuyo Brown who was nominated in the jazz category for the Zimbabwe Music Awards says she’s already won as she thinks this is her year.
Vuyo Brown, real name Vuyolwethu Ngwenya, has been nominated together with Diana Samkange, Willis Wataffi, and Sylent Nqoe.
The 24-year-old singer who released a gospel track, Thula Wazi last year, said when she saw her name on the nominee’s list, she felt it was an elevation of her music career.
“For my career, the Zima nomination is a big one as it is my first ever nomination and it is a national nomination. That’s big for me because adjudicators from Zima found my music worthy of being on the list,” Brown said.
The singer who was inspired by her pastor some years ago to take up music as a career said that this year’s Zima nomination has driven her to work hard.
“I think that’s the boost I needed to get more songs written. To me, the award alone is a triumph and I want to work even harder now.
Vuyo Brown, a former Dominican Convent High School student, said about how she was nominated in a jazz category: “I’ve always loved jazz and most of the songs I’ve done are either jazz or laced with it.”
Vuyo Brown, a contemporary gospel artist, released her first NdiJesu single in 2016 and Grace Fulfilled’s debut album in 2018. She recently released Thula Wazi, an encouraging song for Zimbabwe. Vuyo Brown, who shared a stage with Berita Khumalo at last year’s sold-out show in Bulawayo, said: “I want my music to cure everybody who hears it.”