The Sunday Mail
The big news in showbiz right now is on Amapiano queen, ShaSha, real name Charmaine Shamiso Mapimbiro.
Kudos for her victory at the just-ended Black Entertainment Television (BET) awards.
We congratulate her for winning the Viewer’s Choice: Best New International Act gong.
The triumph was sweet news to everyone.
“What just happened . . . A BET, thank you my people back home all over the world,” she tweeted after the victory.
No, it is us that need to thank you for the hard work and success.
It certainly is your victory but you made the country proud, raising our flag high.
The rest of Southern Africa and Africa at large are impressed.
You are a jewel!
You became a winner first by virtue of your nomination, the first one for Zimbabwe at the BET awards.
The actual win was the icing on the cake.
Battling and securing a victory against some of the finest new voices on the globe, who include Rema (Nigeria), Young T & Bugsey (UK), Hatik (France), Celeste (UK) and Stacy (France), means only the sky is the limit for ShaSha.
As it stands, she is simply unstoppable!
Keep setting the pace and making history.
We wish to get more gongs from you, the Grammy included.
The National Arts Council has since sent a laudatory message but we hope they, and other relevant authorities, go an extra mile to honour this outstanding daughter of the soil.
Chero kumupa ka piece kemunda zvinoita futi (Even giving her a small piece of land). Kikikiki.
Certainly, she can create a balance between her studio time and tilling the land.
We are sure Minister of Youth, Sport, Art and Recreation Kirsty Coventry would not mind facilitating an initiative meant to pay tribute to ShaSha.
After all, she once received similar honour during her swimming days after smashing the World record at the Olympics held in Beijing, China.
ShaSha has made her mark in the entertainment industry and has become a household name.
Any Amapiano song which features her vocals becomes an instant favourite for many music lovers.
She is signed under DJ Maphorisa’s record label, and has worked with numerous artistes in the genre, including Kabza, Lord Phorry and MFR Souls, to name just but a few.
The BET awards, which are in their 20th year, were held over the weekend through virtual platforms due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which has enforced social distancing in a lot of countries.
They were hosted by comedian and actress Amanda Seales, with performances from stars like Alicia Keys, Chloe x Halle, DaBaby, D Smoke, Jennifer Hudson, John Legend, Jonathan McReynolds, Kane Brown, Lil Wayne, Megan Thee Stallion, Roddy Ricch, SiR, Summer Walker, Usher and Wayne Brady.
The ceremony celebrates achievements in entertainment and honours music, sports television and movies.