HARARE – In a surprise move, jiti music star Baba Harare has withdrawn his nomination from the Star FM listeners’ awards after fellow artist Winky D was snubbed from the nominees’ list.
Star FM, one of Zimbabwe’s leading radio stations, announced the nominees for its annual listeners’ awards earlier this month, but many fans were left disappointed when popular artist Winky D was excluded from the list.
After the news broke, Baba Harare took to social media to announce his decision to withdraw his own nomination from the category which has Feli Nandi, Freeman HKD, Minister Mahendere and Voltz JT.
The musician cited his personal reasons for the move, and expressed his admiration for other deserving artists who were not nominated.
“Thank you very much Star FM and the listeners for the nomination. I feel honoured. However, due to my own personal reasons, I don’t feel worthy of the nomination.
“There are other great acts/ artists who should have graced the centre stage but sadly aren’t in any category. So I wish my nomination to be withdrawn. Thank you once again for the opportunity,” said Baba Harare.
Social media praises Baba Harare
The move by Baba Harare has sparked a debate on social media, with some fans praising him for his humility and respect for other artists, while others have criticized Star FM for its selection process.
Many fans have called on Star FM to review its selection process and include more deserving artists in the nominees’ list. The station is yet to comment on the matter.
As Zimbabwe’s music industry continues to grow, it is important for media outlets and award shows to recognize and promote the talent of all deserving artists.
Baba Harare’s decision to withdraw his nomination is a reminder of the need for fairness and inclusivity in the industry.
In the words of Baba Harare, “Let us continue to celebrate our diversity and work together towards a brighter future for Zimbabwean music.”