Tsholotsho-BORN Zimbabwe Music Awards (Zima) nominee France Moyo’s celebrations were cut short after his car was stolen soon after he returned to his base in South Africa.
Moyo was a surprise nominee in the sungura category alongside Sulumani Chimbetu, Somandla Ndebele, Romeo Gasa and Gonora Sounds for his hit Inotho Yegazi.
However, veteran Chimbetu emerged victorious in the category.
Last week Moyo had told Southern Eye Life Style that he was overjoyed by the mere nomination as it meant his work was now being recognised back home.
The celebrations turned into a nightmare at the weekend after his Nissan 400 was snatched by thieves as he was recording fresh music at a studio in Johannesburg.
Moyo said he was hit by a series of misfortunes on his return to South Africa.
“I came back to (South Africa) to the news that a brother of mine in the industry, Tutani Ndlovu, had died and I attended the funeral,” he said.
“I then left for Fredrick’s studio where I was to record a song with some fellow Zimbabwean artistes.
“We got to Carlton Centre, but he (Fredrick) was not around and he told us to wait for him.
“When Fredrick finally met us it was very late, around 10pm and we rushed in to record leaving my vehicle in the car park.”
Moyo says in the middle of the recording session he went out to check his car, but could not find it.
The thieves also got away with various musical accessories like guitar cables, codes and microphones.
“It came as a major blow because we have no leads and we are now stranded since that is the car we relied on to transport us for shows and logistics,” he said.
The upcoming artiste accused South African police of not taking reports of crimes committed against foreigners seriously.
“They seem to drag their feet if you are not a South African citizen. It took us close to two hours to get attended to,” Moyo said.
“Now there is no feedback and we don’t know what’s going on.”
Despite the setback, Moyo said he was still determined to take his music to another level.
“A man doesn’t go down without a fight,” he said.
Moyo has two albums — Mkhuzeni and Phuma Kimi.