Zim to honour artistes in October

HARARE - Winners of the revived Zimbabwe Music Awards (Zima), which have bounced back after a seven-year absence, will be announced on October 4, 2014 at the Rainbow Towers in Harare.

Organisers of Zima, which is chaired by Joseph Nyadzayo, made the announcement yesterday during a press conference in which the categories and rules governing the gongs were unveiled.

According to Zima rules, the awards are open only to Zimbabwean musicians or artistes who have been permanent residents for a minimum of six months on the date of entry.

Interested musicians must submit their entries and necessary accompanying application forms by August 4.

“All recordings submitted for the Annual Zimbabwe Music Awards must have been commercially released in Zimbabwe during the period of August 5, 2013 to August 4, 2014,” reads part of the Zima rules.

“Because these are the first awards after a seven-year break, an exception of 18 months prior to August 5, 2013 will be accepted into the 2014 awards.

“The exception date for this year’s awards will be February 5, 2012 to August 5, 2014.”

The top five categories of the awards are Best Female Artiste of the Year, Best Male Artiste of the Year, Best Duo / Group of the Year, Best Newcomer of the Year and Album /EP of the Year.

Zima has also incorporated special awards which will have the following categories:

Song of the Year, International Achievement, Lifetime Achievement / Cheukashure and the Chairman’s Award.

In a bid to cover all the country’s music genres and in line with consultations that Zima carried out at two meetings with musicians in Harare and Bulawayo recently, the music awards organisers have come up with 15 album genre super categories.

The genre categories on consideration this year are:

  • Best Traditional Music,
  • Best Choral Music,
  • Best A’Capella,
  • Best Sungura Music,
  • Best Tshibilika Music,
  • Best Hip-Hop Music,
  • Best House Music,
  • Best RnB / Soul Music,
  • Best Afro-Pop Music,
  • Best Dancehall Music,
  • Best Jazz Music,
  • Best Traditional Gospel Music,
  • Best Contemporary Gospel Music,
  • Best Alternative Music,
  • Best Collaboration and Best Single.

Zima has also resolved to honour technical people who play a critical role in the music industry by creating awards for Best Music Video of the Year, Best Producer of the Year and Best Engineer of the Year.  In line with the rules released by Zima yesterday, judging for the awards will be done between August 7 and August 9.

“The Zima judging panel will consist of eight Zimbabwean music experts from the media, retired artistes, music professors and two South African music experts from a record company and well established print media company.”

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