Nacz defends Mai Charamba award

HARARE - National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (Nacz) says the criteria to choose the Best Female Musician won by Olivia Charamba (Mai Charamba) was not based on who had a recent hot album but considered the musician’s contribution on the showbiz circuit.

The Nacz held its 13th National Arts Merit Awards over the weekend in Bulawayo where Amai Charamba, Edith WeUtonga and Selmor Mtukudzi were all vying for the Outstanding Female Musician Award.

There were some among the guests who had questioned the criteria, suggesting Selmor was the favourite to land the award since she had released an album last year while Mai Charamba’s last album, The Gospel, was released in 2009. But Nacz assistant director Audrey Charamba said the Outstanding Female Award has nothing to do with recent albums but were based on recent performances.

“The 13th edition of Nama were based on last year’s works so despite the talk that Mai Charamba had released an album a couple of years ago, she was very active stage-wise last year.

“She performed in several areas including Kadoma, Gokwe and Manicaland among other places therefore we were looking on how well artistes conducted their work, the way they interacted with public as well as the manner in which they organised their concerts and this all leads to their visibility in the showbiz industry.”

Together with husband Charles, Amai Charamba also performed in the region and in several overseas countries. She was also active as a Traffic Ambassador and spent time raising funds for charities through shows.

The Nacz assistant director added that both Selmor and Edith Katiji aka WeUtonga who were competing with Mai Charamba on the Outstanding Female Musician category proved they were all equal to the task considering that they made it on the nomination list.

“Katiji and Selmor gave polished acts last year. Katiji staged memorable concerts while fund-raising for her child while Selmor and Katiji performed at joints such as Book Cafe among others,” she said.

Upon receiving the award Mai Charamba expressed surprise.

Selmor and Edith congratulated Mai Charamba on facebook.

Selmor said: “I didn’t get the award tonight, this just means I gotta work harder next time...congrats Mai Charamba!”

Katiji wrote: “Had a great time at the Nama awards...congrats to Mai Charamba for taking the award ahead of Selmor and I...”


Comments (13)

congrats mai mufundisi you are a role model in christion music

GENERAL - 18 February 2014

It makes sense. My son who started Grade one this year wasnt even born when mai charamba last released a new song. Its highly unfair and mock those who are working hard from 2009 until now. It means for 5 years everyone was producing rubbish and no one cant beat that mai charamba production. BAtai munhu apa. Money might have changed hands

mahwe - 18 February 2014

Releasing an album and being a good musician are 2 different things. Like saying because Rambo last acted Expendables 2 some years ago he is not a better actor than Gringo who acted that drama recently.

Maita Manyuka - 19 February 2014

kana zvakadaro,yu shld have included Shingisai Suluma on the nominees list.

bigjoe - 19 February 2014

Audrey Charamba??, Mai Charamba??, something stinks here, inga parikungotarwa zve corruption mazuva ano, I suggest someone act on this!!!!!

Humba - 19 February 2014

Its not about who released the hottest album, as they say, but who contributed more in the music circuit: kana ndichiparidza BATAI MAZWI, congrats Mai Charamba.... We love you!

mancube mwenewazvo - 19 February 2014

no mancube, you are missing the point, these awards are annual therefore I think thhey should look at production of the preceeding year, otherwise she should have gotten the lifetime achievement award

Humba - 19 February 2014

But Nacz assistant director Audrey Charamba said the Outstanding Female Award has nothing to do with recent albums but were based on recent performances. “The 13th edition of Nama were based on last year's works so despite the talk that Mai Charamba had released an album a couple of years ago, she was very active stage-wise last year....."

tawona - 19 February 2014

Ndezvechizivano izvi, boardering on nepotism and favouritism. Surely why hold an annual event to reward a person who last released an album 5 years ago? So where is the "currency" in this whole thing, and how do we promotion the arts when the same pple are being foisted upon us dispite them being inactive in production? Rather hold your NAMA after every 5 years if its about that. This stinks! Please stop this favouritism, tribalism, regionalism, religionalism, nepotism, corruption and get desrving people to be rewarded. You also did not even consider Sabhuku Vharazipi. (the reason being mukaranga wekwaBwanya kwaChivi....mod mazezuru emuHarare chete) Stop wasting people's time. You must be investigated for corruption. Andrew Langa, get some explanations if you are the responsible minister! corruption yanyanya!

Tony Blair - 19 February 2014

i think we nd to know the critrea here??????

Amen - 19 February 2014

to say the least, being annual awards i think we need to give recognition to those that would have worked hard and produced one or two pieces which is widely received by the listeners. if its about their shows over the year then is should be the best female performer of the year. the award was for these two ladies kwete amai. if thats the case then Tuku should have scooped all Tsviriyo's awards , followed by Cheso as their shows and works were outstanding over the year and years, but it was focused on 2013 events and productions and listeners request over the various radio's stations.

CHOKWADI - 19 February 2014

Nacz accept, makakanya. If for sure you were looking who contributed more, on the female side, then the same should have been done for males. This shows you had an 'agenda'. Definitely Shingisai Suluma, Mercy Mutsvene should have been included then.

macharangwanda - 20 February 2014

total crap. NAMA is now a Harare only affair y not jus remane it and call it Best of Harare Awards (BOWA) . Useless!!!

ras - 20 February 2014

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