The Zimbabwean music history won’t be complete without the mention of the country’s most popular music ceremony the Zimbabwe Music Awards (ZIMA). The ceremony was established in 2003 in a bid to promote local musicians in their pursuit of musical excellence and creativity.
Unlike other award ceremonies at that time, its inception bought about the glitz and glam that we many only witnessed from our neighbors South Africa. The organisers also managed to give accolades to stellar artists who dominated the charts and were considered the cream across different music genres.
In 2007 ZIMA took a seven year sabbatical and made a return in 2014 and only managed to run till February 25 2016 and made yet another silence.
In October this year the organisers made fresh new announcements at a presser held in Harare indicating that the ceremony will be back in 2020, with the chairperson Joseph Nyadzayo promising that the awards will now be an annual event and will be happen without fail.
Newly appointed ZIMA CEO, Reason Sibanda said “its business unusual as we will celebrate 16 years of excellence in music, creativity through multi-faceted and rich cultural diversity”.
“The Zimbabwe Music Awards 2020 edition dubbed “ZIMA2020″ is business unusual through new partnerships new sounds, genres, categories, expertise and passions”. added the CEO
Entries will open on November 11, 2019 with the closing date set for December 31,2019. Adjudication will start on January 1 to 10, 2020 while the nominees list will be announced on January 11, 2020 and the awards ceremony will be held on January 25 where at least 32 music awards will be given to deserving artists.