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WHEN Mai Patai, a gospel musician from Gweru, was announced
as the People's Choice winner of the National Arts Merit Awards last weekend,
many questioned how an artist whose brand and music was not known by many,
Has won.
Research, however, showed that Mai Patai (real name
Respina Patai), an almost forgotten musician who this year became the first
woman to enter Coca-Cola Radio Zimbabwe Top 50 top three, was doing
in the music industry with his album Punish the Devil.

With your song – Anokomborera, Mai Patai, who else goes
remember from the beginning of 2000 to the hit Mazambara, won heavyweight Jah
Prayzah and Winky D to win the People's Choice Award. The question has more
was asking as a result is how on earth she beat those two artists who
fill in locations and have thousands of followers on social networks?

Well, for starters, Mai Patai said she was popular because
of their songs that people can relate to as they are about people fights
face. She said through her songs, people find healing, peace and love.
"I'm proud to be the first woman to win this award.
not surprised at how people are debating about it (Nama winning) because they
forget that the winner is determined by votes (not just popularity in the
streets or social media, including the amount of airplay that is received on the radio), "
she said.
"My songs are popular among many Zimbabweans who are facing
challenges due to unstable economy and natural disasters (Cyclone
Idai). Through my songs, people find peace and comfort, that's why I've become
your choice. "

The 40-year-old man, whose band from Anokomborera won 49,487
said that the debate surrounding his victory also reflected gender stereotypes.
which are affecting female musicians in the local music industry.

"My fellow female artists should never lose hope because
the people out there judge us. Some say we do not deserve to be on top because we are
women, but I say, women should keep doing their thing, "she said.
Asked how she mobilized her fans to vote for her, Mai
Patai, who is a member of the Mission of the Apostolic Faith (AFM) in Zimbabwe, said
like any other artist, she used social media. She said that she never asked the
church to vote for it, contrary to what most people have said.
"I asked my fans to vote for me on social networks and
There's someone from my church who voted for me, it's because they love my music.
not because I asked for church votes, "she said.
"My strategy was to use platforms like WhatsApp fan groups,
Facebook and Instagram. Every day, I remembered that people
wishes. "
The musician said he had many followers in social media
does not amount to votes, something that most people do not seem to understand.

"For those who are saying that I did not deserve to win because I am
is not popular (in social media), my answer is that I'm not popular with those who do not
like my music because usually people follow what they want. "

She said that God qualifies the unqualified and his victory is a
sign that it is God who determines who wins a battle.
"The battle is not for the rapids but for the chosen ones.
Before the eyes of the people, I know that I do not qualify, but for God, I am right
candidate. So, if God is for me, who can be against me? "Chronic


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