New music awards launched

HARARE - Rooftop Promotions has launched the Wene Music Awards barely two months after the controversial National Arts Merit Awards (Nama) ceremony in Bulawayo.

Rooftop director Daves Guzha told the Daily News yesterday that the inaugural Wene Music Awards ceremony would be held on October 29.

“Wene is a call to celebrate our Zimbabwean artistic and creative successes in music across all genres.”

“Any society, whatever its other successes, that does not put its culture at the forefront and intertwine its daily existence to its music is a deafeningly failing society”, said Guzha.

He however, denied that the new awards are meant to cash in on the discontent generated by the Nama awards.

“This is not to say as Rooftop Promotions we are here to diminish other awards that are honouring our musicians. We feel we should also play our part to make the awards a business platform for musicians, the corporate partners and the cultural stake holders,” he said.

Guzha added that the new awards will also give prominence to music genres popularised by young artistes.

“The young artists with their own hugely-popular styles known as Urban Grooves and Zimdancehall have not been outdone as they have come up with new acceptable ways of making music interesting.

“(They) have touched the very core of the society as their music is driven and emanate from issues that come from the communities they live in.”

Guzha promised to reveal the categories of the awards and other details on March 18.

Ray Mawerera, a member of the Rooftop Promotions board, has promised that Wene awards will reward outstanding musicians regardless of their location.

“As promoters of Wene, we want to encourage our adjudicators to scan the entire country for such talent, because it is there,” said Mawerera.

“Mokoomba is a case in point. Some of it (talent) is hiding in the nooks and cranies of Muzarabani and Lupane. Some of it is in Dangamvura, or Chinotimba, or Mpopoma.

“It must come out. My colleagues will tell you the different genres from sungura to mbira-fusion that Wene seeks to acknowledge, so I won’t go into that” Mawerera added.

Comments (2)

Upfront, I think the team is an experienced team of operators. I just find the name curious. What does it mean ?

bollo billings - 9 March 2014

I find the name quite curious as well. But since Public Relations gurus like Ray Mawerera are in it, l would however like to trust their own instinct behind the name. Its quite a noble idea to have such awards, moreso as they say they will pick up even the unknown of the unkown. Lets suport them as they try to unravel some of the unknown artists, who might one day be the mega entertainment icons for our beloved Zimbabwe. Just a reminder to Bro Daves, let it not just be a one off thing, but let it grow and become better than the boring and predictable NAMAS.

CLOUD - 10 March 2014

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