Sartuday February 13 is the biggest day in Zim’s Show buzz as the Chart toppers and outstanding and talented creatives will be awarded for their work.The 15th Edition of the National Arts and Merit Awards(NAMA) will run under the theme Celebrating Zimbabwe’s Heritage.The top drawer event will be held at the 7 Arts Theatre In Harare.
As usual after the announcement we had mixed reactions.Storms raged left ,right and centre on the nomination of Jah-Prayzer’s video with some saying it was unfair,while some were of the idea that the nomination process is at fault, well enough on the negatives lets wait for the big night and see who takes the gong home.
As the race hots up the most talked about category will be of Music Were its a battle of the titans. Jah Prayzah, is nominated in four categories namely, Outstanding Video, Outstanding Song, Outstanding Album and Outstanding Male Musician.On the other hand, Winky D is nominated in three categories, Outstanding Male Musician, Outstanding Song and Outstanding Album.
Although the two will have to face stiff competition from Killer T, you had a good year and literally ruled the dancehall scene before Winky D returned with a smash album, Gaffa Life.Popular Gospel Musician Mathias Mhere will have to brush aside this 3 popular musicians.
Another mouth watering category is that of Outstanding Screen production were world travelled political satire Zambezi news will battle it out with popular young and vibrant talk show Tonight with Zororo.Joining this two in the race is the first ever Zimbabwe’s high defination soap Wenera which stars popular Television magnets of Denzel Burutsa and Edmore Sandifolo.Also in the same category is Maids by Shupai Kamunyaru a production which was aired on ZTV some time last year.Kamunyaru who isn’t new with awards after taking the gong for the same gategory in 2013 for the Drama Deleate.
Israel Israel does that name ring a bell? He has slowly dominated the visual Art category over the past year’s.His name has become popular with Nama,will he take two more gongs home well Sartuday Night will give us the answer.He has been nominated on 2 categories this year.The Multi-talented Israel, who is also a musician, first attracted the recognition of Nama with a piece that depicts poverty in Africa titled Unto us a Child was Born.
Theatre awards will again give us an adrenaline rush for a moment.Will The Taking take the gong for Outstanding theatre production or will Memory Kumbota Shine as a director this time around. Gift Chakuvinga squres of with veteran Actor Tafadzwa Hananda. While Musa Sibanda will have to rub of stiff competition from Nyaradzo Nhongonhema,Priviledge Mutendera and Chiedza Mlingo.
Philani A Nyoni is back at the red Carpet .The world came to know of PAN when he scooped an award for Outstanding First creative Published Work in 2013.In 2015 PAN was nominated for Outstanding Actor for Television for his role in Qiniso the movie. PAN who has proved that he is Versatille goes to this year’s event with a world record in the background.
PAN in 2015 set the record of the ‘Most Shakesperean Sonnets in a Manuscript’. When William Shakespeare died at the age of 52, his collection had 153 sonnets, Nyoni has written 306 at 26.With that in background he may seem to be closer to the gong.
With the ever increase of Online platforms giving an Art Voice.It will be a clash of the heavyweights as 4 of Zimbabwe’s popular entertainment news sites will battle for supremacy.
As I wrap up I wish all the nominees the best and may the best man win.I bet with my last Dollar some one will win.Lets celebrate our creatives ladies and gentleman.