Government Responds to Harmonize's Plea for Awarding Musicians

By Paul A.

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Just one day after Harmonize complained about a lack of awards for musicians in Tanzania, it has emerged that relevant authorities are already working on the same.

On Sunday, Harmonize had urged the National Arts Council of Tanzania (Basata) to find a way of appreciating musicians stating that local artists have nothing to show for their hard work.

“…..Tuzo ni kipimo cha msanii yeyote kujua wapi umelegeza. Ili next ukaza ukikosa….!! Zinakufanya ujitambue na ujue levo yako lakini pia zinatia moyo na hamasa ya kufanya kazi @basata.tanzaniax @harisson mwakyembe,” he posted.

However, speaking on Monday morning, Basata’s deputy managing director Emanuel Ishengoma pointed out that plans are already underway to launch the award scheme.

Ishengoma stated that the body was planning to reach out to local musicians for opinions regarding the fete.

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“Ndugu yangu Harmonize asiwe na wasiwasi, hatua za mwanzo tayari zimekwisha fanyika na tunasubiri tu kwenda kwao nao watoe mapendekezo.(My brother Harmonize should not be worried, the first phase has already been completed and we are awaiting reaching out to musicians for their input),” said Ishengoma.

 According to Harmonize, it is unfortunate that artistes struggle to make good music but have to depend on subscription for recognition.

The ‘Bedroom’ singer pointed out that such an award event will motivate musicians to work harder.

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