Tshibilika musician Obadiah Matulana says he is praying for veteran engineer Owen Maseko to lose the spirit of bitterness that saw him dispute the Zimbabwe Music Award (Zima) that he won in October last year.Matulana was accused of robbing Maseko of an award when he collected the highest prize at the national music award ceremony, walking away with the gong for the best engineered album.
Despite accusations that Maseko had in actual fact engineered Matulanaa��s album, the musician entered the fray for the engineera��s award when he entered his own name when the Zimas came calling.
In an interview in the aftermath of receiving the Zima gong a fortnight ago, Matulana said that he had Maseko in his prayers as he should not be obsessed with pulling successful people down.
a�?I pray for him and I pray that he loses such a bitter spirit. It is sad, but we should not be pulling each other back,a�? he said.
Matulana said that the judgesa�� decision was final and artistes should not assume that they knew the competitiona��s rules better than adjudicators.
a�?The judges know the law and they saw it fit to award me. But I was not surprised because when you are doing something good people always complain,a�? he said.
Matulana said that the disputed award was just a reward for all the effort he had put in throughout his career.
a�?I am happy because such awards show that I have arrived as an artiste. I thank my followers and members of my band because this award doesna��t belong to just me but to all of us,a�? he said.