Liberty Dube Entertainment Correspondent
Budding Afro-pop musician Lionel Matanda, fondly known as CAFF, proved that he was one of last year’ s most consistent and popular musician after two of his songs, “Perfect to Me” and “Ndiwe” made it in the Diamond FM 2017 Big 50 Countdown.
“Perfect to Me” was voted number five, while “Ndiwe” was seated at position 41. Locally, it can be safely said, he was last year’s most successful artiste.
The countdown bash was successfully held at Golden Peacock Villa Hotel on New Year’s Eve. Scores of people attended the glamorous event which also saw local artistes performing live.
Willard Madhombiro, one of the organisers of the event, said: “It was another exciting moment. We crossed over into the new year on a high note.” Soul Jah Love’s hit “Pamamonya Ipapo” came out tops, while Ex-Q and Killer T’s song, “Nhema” was seated on position two.
“Sendekera” by Jah Prayzah featuring Mafikizolo was on position three, while “Despacito” done by Louis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber was on position four. Interestingly, there was no sungura artiste who made it into the Top 50. DBoi and Sparxx, formerly based in Mutare, were on psition 45 with the song “Wyn and Go Down”.
“I believe I am on the right track. It is motivating. I will continue to work hard and come up with more hits as I aim to expand my wings regionally,” said the soft-spoken Matanda. In the Diamond FM Gospel Super 50 countdown, gifted singer Janet Manyowa ruled the roost with the song, “Zadzisa”.
“Nothing Without You” by Dr Tumi and “Under the Canopy” by Frank Edwards were seated on second and third positions respectively. Vanokomborerwa” by CCAP Voice of Sakubva was on position 27.
Agatha Murudzwa’s soulful “Peace Prayer” was voted number four, while Sinach’s “Waymaker” was on fifth position. Blessing Shumba’s plug track, “Changa Chakajaira”, which was Radio Zimbabwe’s Coca-Cola Top 50’s top song was on position seven.