HE has swept most of the major local awards one can think, and added some international ones for good measure.
But, for sensational Marabi and Jazz maestro Jeys Marabini, to be honoured with a lifetime achievement award is a fulfilment that puts the cherry on top of his three-decade career.
The Kozekulunge Band front man was bestowed with a lifetime achievement gong at The Eminent in Sports, Music and Academic (Tesma) awards which were held on 17 December in Gwanda.
The awards were created in 2019 to honour outstanding artistes, athletes, students and teachers from Matabeleland South, and Marabini, a creative who was born in Filabusi, qualifies to be bestowed as an ancestor of the region and beyond.
He cherishes the award which he said is a testimony of hard work, perseverance and consistence.
“I just received my lifetime achievement award from the organisers of the Tesma awards as I couldn’t grace the ceremony because of shows and tight schedules.
“Holding the award with my hands is fulfilling. I am grateful for this accolade because it is the most decorated piece that I have received in my career that spans over 30 years,” said Marabini.
The Yamitha Kanjani hitmaker gave tips to upcoming and young artistes on how to conquer in their careers as well as last long in the dog-eat-dog industry.
The major ingredients in his recipe for success are hard work, dedication and discipline.
“To last in the industry, one must put in love, be passionate and dedicated to his or her work. Also, seriousness is required because it will further your fan base and make you reach were you desire to be.
“Investment in music production is essential as it will give your product quality that will be competitive in the market and attract more fans,” said Marabini.
The globe-trotting musician who released his tenth album in December titled Xola (Forgive), said he is looking forward to taking the project out of the country with the main objective being touring African nations.
“I have been to Europe, Asia and even America on tours with different projects but this time around with Xola its different.
“I want to push the product by being visible and performing in African nations so that I increase my visibility in the continent for our own people to embrace being Africans,” said Marabini.