Urban groovers cry foul over Nama snub

HARARE - Urban grooves artistes, who arguably constitute the largest number of musicians in Zimbabwe, have hit out at the National Arts Merit Awards (Nama) for marginalising them in nominations announced last week.

In all the four music categories on offer in this year’s Nama, no bona fide urban groover was considered except dancehall star Emmanuel ‘Guspy Warrior’ Manyeruke who was nominated in the Outstanding Song and Outstanding Album categories.

South Africa-based urban groover Enock “Nox” Guni told the Daily News on Sunday from his base across the Limpopo that the Nama process is opaque.

“No one really knows how this is run,” said the Ndinonyara singer.

“We are not even alerted sufficiently on the submission period. We only know about this when the nominees are announced,” he said.

Guni claimed some products that were released after the nomination period won some awards last year.
“I really do not know how they select if such products win.”

One of the celebrated young producers in the country Russel “Russo” Chiradza believes the Nama adjudication process is unfairly tilted in favour of sungura music.

“They have always favoured sungura musicians. We really do not expect them to recognise our works (urban grooves music) because they have a very negative attitude towards us,” he said.

Joe Machingura, who is the manager of rising dancehall star Romeo “Shinsoman” Antony, told the Daily News on Sunday that the inclusion of Guspy Warrior means that the urban grooves genre has been considered by Nama.

“Under the urban grooves genre there are different types of music. Urban grooves came to the fore as an alternative new sound that was different from the sungura and chimurenga music that Zimbabweans were used to. In urban grooves there is dancehall, R and B, reggae and among others.”

Comments (1)

You want to be nominated "muchimba zvinonyadzisira, makapusa sitereki".

the truth - 10 February 2014

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