Zima, Nacz indaba on as scheduled

HARARE - Zimbabwe Music Awards (Zima) will finally take place tomorrow at the Harare International Conference Centre (HICC).

The awards, which are making a comeback after a seven-year break, were originally scheduled for October 3, but were postponed at the last moment to tomorrow, the same day the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (Nacz) Indaba will take place.

Zima marketing and communications executive Farai Chapoterera told the Daily News yesterday that arrangements had been put in place to ensure that relevant artistes can attend both Zima and the arts indaba.

“I am sure you know about the meeting we had with Nacz. People from Nacz and the ministry of Arts will be present at the awards. I can’t say who specifically. On the travel arrangements, it is the finance guys who know who will be paying for what, but we did make arrangements, “said Chapoterera.

Catherine Mtombeni, the Nacz publicist, also confirmed that the arrangements that had been put in place would ensure that key people attended both events.

“It is not all artistes who will be at the Indaba, but we have made provisional arrangements to make it work. All stakeholders who are supposed to be at both events will be there. They will fly back and forth from Bulawayo to Harare to ensure that programmes are not disrupted,” said Mtombeni.

She refused to reveal who was footing the bill for the flights.

“It is neither here nor there, who is footing the bill. Just know that people will be where they are supposed to be. The Indaba will end on the 29th in the afternoon and the Zima programme is slated for the same evening. We have made arrangements. I cannot speak for the minister but officials from Nacz who are supposed to be at the Zimas will be there. The minister is our guest of honour,” said the Nacz publicist.

Meanwhile, Chapoterera has assured music fans that preparations for the awards have gone according to schedule.

“Shingai Mangoma and the Djembe Monks are already here and they are doing rehearsals. The rehearsals are taking place at the Zimbabwe College of Music while the venue is being prepared.

“When they are done, we are moving into the venue for the final setup. We have not received Randall Abrahams’ (SA Idols judge) itinerary yet, but he is coming,” she said.

The list of entertainers on the Zima awards night will include Afrika Revenge, Jah Prayzah, Soul Jah Love, Cynthia Mare, Audius Mtawarira, Tehn Diamond, MMT, Sabastian Magacha as well as newcomers Shingai Mangoma and Malimbah.

Unheralded United Family International Church (UFI) choir is up for five gongs on the night.

Jah Prayzah, who won four  awards in the National Arts Merit Awards (Nama) early this year, is in the running for four gongs. The Sungano singer’s albums Tsviriyo and Kumbumura Mhute have been nominated in the Best Traditional Music Category.

Tsviriyo is also among albums to be considered in the Best Male and Album of the Year categories.

Dancehall star Soul Jah Love and gospel artiste Fungisai Zvakavapano-Mashavave have three nominations each.

Zvakavapano-Mashavave has been nominated in Best Female Artiste; Best Collaboration and Best Traditional Gospel Music categories while Soul Jah Love’s Ndini Uya Uya is in the running for the Best Dancehall Music, Best Male Artiste and Album of the Year awards.

Controversial music producer Dr Clarence, hip-hop star Tehn Diamond, Zimpraise Choir, Clare Nyakujara, Edith WeUtonga, Mathias Mhere and Shinsoman are on two nominations each.

Suluman Chimbetu, Trevor Dongo, Somandla Ndebele, Alexio Kawara, Selmor Mtukudzi and Winky D had to settle for one nomination each.

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