MASVINGO – UK based Zimbabwean gospel artist Eleana Makombe has capped the year 2020 in style after winning the prestigious Maranatha Award in the USA.
The Maranatha awards are held annually to honour and acknowledge authentic biblical worship music and exceptional individuals from around the globe.
Makombe who is based in the UK and is a member of the Heal the World church won the Best Collaboration Award for her duet titled Tenda which she did with South African songbird Zaza Mokhethi.
The award was given virtually in December 2020. The prize came barely three years after she entered into her music career in 2017.
Tenda was released in 2019 and the video was shot in Zimbabwe. The producer of the song is Macdonald Chidavaenzi popularly known as Macdee.
The Mirror talked to an elated Makombe from her UK base and she plans to release a live DVD titled Season of Grace.
Makombe started singing when she was at Redcliff Junior School where she participated in the church choir.
“I began singing when I was at Redcliff Junior School. I was part of the Praise and Worship team at Heal the World church in Kwekwe.
“I attended Redcliff Junior, Serima Secondary in Gutu and Camelot High in Kwekwe for my education. I met Zaza Mokhethi through Edgar Makombe who is my manager and we came up with the single Tenda.
“I have also released two singles Munenyasha and Muridzi Wazvose. Season of Grace which I plan to release in the near future will feature several African gospel musicians,” said Makombe.
She is married to John Makombe. The couple has two children Alisha 6 and Jason 2.
“I work as a finance manager in a business that I established with my husband. I graduated with a diploma in accounting from Bedford College and I am currently pursuing a nursing course at Bedfordshire University.
“My husband encouraged me to pursue a career in music and in 2017 I joined the Praise in Worship team at Zaoga in the UK. I also featured in the UK musical group Free to Worship in 2017 and released my debut album ‘The Lord’s hand the same year.
“The video for my winning single Tenda was shot in Zimbabwe and I plan on performing more in the country and featuring other gospel musicians,” added Makombe. https://masvingomirror.com