Zima set to hold stakeholder workshop

HARARE - Several musicians and journalists are expected to attend a Zimbabwe Music Awards (Zima) stakeholder consultative workshop at the Zimbabwe College of Music tomorrow morning.

Zima marketing and communications executive Farai Chapoterera told the Daily News yesterday the workshop would explore adjudication and categorisation aspects of the revived gongs that were last held seven years ago.

“The meeting will be graced by three guest speakers from the Southern African region with extensive knowledge in running award ceremonies,” she said.

“The guest speakers will be Michelle Fernandes who is the managing director of Cutting Edge, the events manager of the South African Music Awards (Sama), Thandiwe Zulu Vundamina, the producer of the Zambian Music Awards and the Born Bred Music Awards as well as Olga Grigorova who produced the 2008 Caf Awards  and the 33rd Loerie Awards.”

Chapoterera also added that Fernandes had organised several other awards in the Southern African region apart from the prestigious Samas.

“She has also been involved in the Namibian Music Awards, The South African Fashion Week, Royal Soapie Awards and the South Africa Sports Awards,” said the Zima spokesperson.

Zima, which is being is being brought back in partnership with Buy Zimbabwe, was re-launched last month at a colourful ceremony held at Joina City.

Joseph Nyadzayo, the Zima chairperson, told the launch party that the awards would be adjudicated by members of the media.

“Zima refuses to judge the awards because we feel members of the press are better placed because they have their finger on the pulse,” said Nyadzayo then.

“We will use the media to judge. With their faults, we still believe in them.”

The Zima chairperson added that his organisation was determined to perfect the adjudication of the awards so as to boost their credibility.

“This time around we want to get things right.

“We believe adjudication is the most critical issue. We also believe that judges must be known.

“If Doctor Zobha wants to judge our awards then he must remove his mask.”

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