Trust Khosa, Assistant News Editor
MUTARE based musician and philanthropist Brian Samaita continues to win hearts of many as an influencer in Manicaland and even beyond.
Last weekend, the Murondatsimba Express leader won the Social Impact Award at the Manicaland Environment, Responsible Business and CSR awards held over the weekend.
The Environmental Management Agency was behind the awards.
Speaking to H-Metro Entertainment & Lifestyle from his Manicaland base, Samaita could not hide his elation after the triumph.
“I feel honoured. I am actually humbled. You know how it feels to be recognised for doing good deeds in the society,” he said.
Asked how he convinced the award organisers for his deeds, Samaita said:
“I think my works convinced the organisers. I do not even know how they heard about me or the works that I have been doing because sometimes I do these things privately and anonymously.
“My works impact on the society silently and I do not strive to brag about it.”
He however noted with concern how environmental issues were not being taken seriously in the society.
“Environment is our life and it is everyone’s duty to preserve it. I do it through clean up campaigns and I always encourage people to be wary of global warming and all hazards that have got something to do with taking less care of our environment,” he said.
Despite his busy schedule as a businessman and preacher, Samaita has vowed to continue working hard.
“I am going to launch a campaign of planting trees in schools and sports fields.
“As a businessman and entertainer as well I am going to make sure that we maintain cleanliness everywhere we travel even out of the country by holding clean up campaigns. Edutainment plays a critical role which I believe I am executing well,” he said.
He also hailed other stakeholders for making his job easier.
“I must say I am not facing any challenges. EMA, Mutare City Council and other stakeholders have been assisting me in attaining my duties as an ambassador.
“However, I feel there is need to educate the public on importance of preserving our environment through road shows and more informative programs and articles, a role which should be played by the media,” he added.
Music wise, Samaita has seven albums to his name.
Early this year, Samaita released his seventh album titled Kwaive Kusaziva after the death of his father Lameck Mudadi Runganga.
It carried five tracks namely Wandaivimba Naye, Misikidzo, Shinga, Tauya Kuzomutenda and the title track Kwaive Kusaziva, which he dedicated to his latest father.
It was recorded at Trutone Studios and mixed by veteran producer Bothwell Nyamhondera.
Other albums which makes his discography complete comprise Nemiwo Munazvo, Murodzi Wepfungwa, Tsono, Kumaziva Ndadzoka, Ndafunga Dembo released in 2019 and Kwaive Kusaziva.
A close friend to the late Tongai Moyo, the Eastern Igwe commands a huge following in Manicaland and beyond.
He is also credited for mentoring upcoming artistes among them Obert Tongai Moyo Junior who once stayed with him in Mutare.