UNITED Kingdom-based gospel musician Eleana Makombe is over the moon after scooping the Best Collaboration Song award at the 2020 edition of the Maranatha Awards US held recently.
The song Tenda, centered on thanksgiving, was produced by top music producer MacDonald Macdee Chidavaenzi.
The song features multi award-winning South African artiste Zaza Mokhethi.
Speaking to H-Metro, Makombe said she feels humbled to be recognised.
“It feels good to be recognised and appreciated and I just want to thank the Maranatha Awards team USA for such an honour,” she said.
“Special thanks goes to my beloved sister Zaza, her husband and manager Lebo Mokhethi who accepted our invitation to record the song together in Zimbabwe. They have both been very supportive in my career behind the scenes and they continue to support me.”
Makombe, who relocated to the UK at the age of 17, is now married to her business partner Tinotenda Makombe.
She said her journey in the music industry has not been easy.
“I can say that as a new gospel artiste, it’s been an interesting journey but not an easy one, but with God’s grace here we are.
“Breaking into the music business is harder than other industries, I think. You need a lot of help to make gospel industry connections and also need to build the discipline necessary for a successful career,” said Makombe.
She said she is delighted with strides she has made so far since unveiling her debut album, The Lord’s Hand, in 2017.
“My music has now featured in the charts on Zimbabwe’s radio stations, namely ZiFM Gospel Top 20, Capitalk, Power FM and also my video for the song Tenda has been played on ZTV’s Sunday Morning Gospel Show.
“I am going to release my second album titled Season of Grace next year. We also plan on recording a live DVD project, which was initially slated for this year, but had to be shelved due the coronavirus pandemic.”