Disappointment at Zima's false start

HARARE - Organisers of the much anticipated Zimbabwe Music Awards, (Zima) have disappointed multitudes of nominated musicians and their fans who were expecting a fire-up gala tomorrow at the Harare International Conference Centre, HICC.

The organisers announced the cancellation just three days before the ‘big’ day tomorrow amid concerns that logistics were not in order.

Guitarist Josh Meck said the music industry as a whole should be serious. “I am in Zimbabwe at the moment and honestly after all this hype they postpone it, this shows these guys are not serious.

“I have been in South Africa for two years and never heard functions being postponed a few days from the stated date. It is just not professional and I cannot have any kind words for that unorganised planning.”

Trevor Dongo,who was nominated twice, said he is still looking forward to the awards. “I am still looking forward to them as I was looking forward to tomorrow.

“I believe that as the organisers felt that they needed more time, we should let them have it. We cannot mount pressure on them as they know what they are doing. Let us just be patient.”

Dancehall star Shinsoman was surprised at the cancellation but said he was looking forward to winning. “They (Zima) have been cancelled? Oh, I was looking forward to getting a prize. I guess we will just have to wait for the set date.”

Singer Willom Tight could just say: “They (Zima) have been out for some time I think it is like starting all over again. We must give them enough time to start flowing smooth.”

Guitarist Kelly Rusike said: “Rather abrupt and sudden for an event of this magnitude to be cancelled at the eleventh hour!”

Farai Chapoterera, Zima marketing and public relations executive says the postponement of the gala by a month to October 29 has nothing to do with finances but that they wanted this to be a world-class event, hence it requires a lot of thorough planning as well as rehearsal.

“What has made us move the date is that we realised that setting up the stage and the rehearsals could not fit into the days which were left.

“We needed two days of rehearsals with everyone involved so that everyone is familiar with their part. That is how it is done worldwide and we do not want to compromise on quality.

“We could have done it next week but due to venue bookings we could not, the only available slot is a month from now,” said Chapoterera.

She added that they had overlooked some logistics. “We have been away for seven years and there are things we overlooked especially those to do with the border and clearance.

“But it is a learning process and next year we will do things differently. We realised that it will be of no use to just rush and produce a substandard event.”

There are also reports that the Zima may have been forced to move to a latter date because its chairperson, Joseph Nyadzawo is out of the country.

Nyadzawo, who works in the president’s office took over the running of Zima, then known as Tsama from broadcaster Temba Mkanda initially in 2003 and engaged Rooftop Promotions to run it as consultants.

Nyadzawo was quoted in local media saying this year’s Zima had something big for musician Dickson Chingaira aka Cde Chinx whom they had prematurely announced as this year’s winner of the Lifetime Achievement award.

In a statement released on Tuesday night Zima stated: “This move has been necessitated by some logistical challenges which have resulted in delays in the show production.

“At a meeting held earlier today, the Zima organising committee decided that in order to deliver the world- class event that we have promised to our artistes and to the public in general it was important for us to move the event to allow us enough time to prepare fully.

“We have since briefed all our nominees whom we are glad to say appreciate our position.

At this time, we would like to express our sincere apologies to the artistes, performers and all stakeholders for any inconvenience resulting from this postponement.”

The awarding of musicians had created a lot of hype after Rooftop Promotions, who were once coordinating Zima this year also announced the launch of their own version; Wene Music Awards which were also initially pencilled for Friday (October 29). The organisers have however since moved the dates and are still to announce when the gala presentation would take place.

Comments (1)

OK, now I see - so this ZIMA thing is a Zanu PF thing, chaired by someone who works in Mugabe's office. Interestingly, they chose 29 October which had been booked by Wene for the same purpose - vane mukundo vanhu ava? Saka Chinx abva awaniswa mubairo because ndewe Zanu PF? iNGA ZVAKAOMA.

Kennedy Kaitano - 3 October 2014

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