Xolisani Nyathi Arts Reporter
In the aftermath to the Zimbabwe Music Awards, urban grooves crooner Trevor Dongo was engaged in a war of words with rapper Mudiwa who accpted an award on his behalf at the ceremony. Dongo was called on stage to receive an award for best RnB/soul/afro pop but no one immediately went on stage to get the award. As Dongo was in Canada for a tour, it seemed there was no one to collect the award on his behalf prompting Mudiwa to take up the responsibility.
Mudiwa gave a speech saying he was just texted by Dongo to collect the award on his behalf, but Dongo took to social media to blast Mudiwa over the issue.
He posted on Facebook: “Tinotenda Mwari ne award yandatora iyo! This is just the beginning of great things, ko Mudiwa Hood amhanya kuno collector award yangu pstage akamira saani if I may ask? Handitambe newe to that level Mudiwa, I had vanhu vangu representing me ikoko woda kunyepa kuti ndini ndakutuma, you are full of ‘I know’ but watamba nemuswe weshumba wanzwa.”
This did not go down well as some fans also commented in favour of Mudiwa on Facebook and insulted the urban grooves singer saying he needs to calm down and swallow his pride.
After seeing a backlash from fans on Facebook, Trevor went on to apologise to Mudiwa and also looked for ways to cover up for this whole thing claiming that this was a publicity stunt. “You are blowing it now. I did it for attention. (Mudiwa) address them about a single we are working on together,” said Dongo in another post.
Fans, however, sympathised with Mudiwa and some are even vowing not to listen to Trevor Dongo’s music again. Mudiwa, on the other hand, gave a mature reply to all this saying he washurt.
“I get hurt when I am embarrassed, trolled on and or even when I read lies and hurting stuff about me. I am not perfect, but I try to hide most of weakness and shortcomings in confidence, I am human like you, I might not show it (if I am so hurt) often times but those few times, I break down, fight my tears and try to be a man.
“It’s a battle I face on my own . . . I made a decision, when big companies sat me down, that I will not participate in beefs or any publicity stunt, for the sake of my brand. Many firms have believed in me, please do not mess it up for me, just like the Casspers of this world. Trevor I forgive you, and again am so sorry. You hurt me today but God is good, all the best with your career,” Mudiwa wrote.