Voting 'might not' deliver deserving Zimdancehall winners

HARARE - Organisers of the second edition of Zimdancehall Awards to be held at the East End Hall in the Harare Showgrounds on Friday expect a “controversy and violence-free event”.

Hillary Mutake, one of the coordinators of the annual event, told the Daily News that all winners would be voted for by Zimdancehall fans.

“It is our wish to introduce a well-organised, violence-free and controversy-free event to Zimbabwe,” said Mutake.

“Award winners are being voted for on the Zimdancehall Awards website and several SMS platforms.”

Mutake added that incidences of violence that marred last year’s edition came about because music fans believed that award judges had favoured certain artistes.

“The winners will be decided by music fans and as such we expect no incidents of violence. We are optimistic that the fans who will attend will respect the fact that whoever gets the majority of votes will walk away with the award.

Mutake, who is also a director of Punchline Entertainment, added that they are determined to run an incident-free event that their sponsors will be happy to associate with.

“Some of the sponsors include Telecel, Net*One, Zimbabwe Tourism Authority, G-Tel and Jan Jam among others hence some winners are set to walk away with different prizes,” he said.

A well-placed source in the Zimdancehall sector, however, believes that the voting system could potentially end up rewarding undeserving winners.

“There is a real danger that the popular artistes from big suburbs like Mbare and Dzivaresekwa will dominate the awards and not necessarily because they produced good music in the period under review but because they have many supporters,” he said.

“I have a feeling that a deserving person like Tocky Vibes who was clearly the best musician this year will lose out to some undeserving artistes because of the voting system.”

The Mhai singer, who won two Nama awards on Valentine’s Day, has been nominated in the following Zimdancehall categories: Best Artist 2014 (Male), Song of the Year for the hit Mhai, Best Social message for the song Simudza Maoko, Best Conscious song for the hit Dzirikohama and Best Club Hit Song for the song Tocky Aenda Nenyika.

Meanwhile, the Zimdancehall Awards organisers, who expect 3 500 people to attend the awards ceremony, have lined up a riveting list of performers that include Soul Jah Love, Seh Calaz, Freeman, Lady Squanda, Ras Pompy and several others.

Zimdancehall Awards 2014 nominees;

Best Artist 2014 (Male)
Seh Calaz
Tocky Vibes
Winky D
Soul Jah Love

Best Artist 2014 female
Lady Squanda
Empress Shelly

Best Collaboration
Soul Jah Love and Shinsoman — Hativasiye vane nyota
Calaz and Freeman — Tapinda musummer
Tipsy and Ras Pompey — Change gear
Kinnah and Squanda — Ndakapera Tsoka
Yoz and Shinsoman — Zvidhakwa

Best Vocalist
Seh Calaz
Guspy warrior
Soul Jah Love
Princo Spice

Song of the year
Mhai — Tocky Vibes
Mama Devante — Shinsoman
Paita Party — Winky D
Giroriya — Legend Elly
Kwatinobva — Seh Calaz

Best Social message
Simudza Maoko — Tocky Vibes
Pazvikona — Winky D
Jehova Mukatisiya — Killer T
Mazuvano Kune HIV — Tally B
Nhamo — Soul Jah Love

Best live performer
Winky D
Dhadza D
Killer T
Ricky fire

Best Zimdancehall Youngster
Ras Pompy
Reflex Mausa
Jah Child

Most Promising Artiste
Jerry B
Killer man

Best Medley Video
Vic Taks (Ladies edition)
Pure Niceness
Silent Killer
High Praises

Best Album
Varidzi vezvinhu — Freeman
Silver Bullet — Sniper Storm
Wedzera mawatts — Guspy Warrior
There is no danger — Ricky Fire
Still young — Kinnah

Best Dressed Artiste
Winky D
Ricky Fire

Best Dance Hall Dance Group
Flying Angels
Ghetto Creepers
Flying Legends
Desert Fox
Swag Turn up

Best Artiste Manager
Mr. Banda — Winky
Godfrey Bakasa — Seh Calaz
Watson Kafela — Freeman
Mr. Chiyangwa — Shinsoman
Crispy — Terminator

Best Conscious Song
Tokwe Mukosi — Ras Caleb
Wings from Jah — Kinnah
Mamutsa Zvirere — Jerry B
Be Strong — Curtis B
Dzirikohama — Tocky

Best Mix Tape
Garry B — Volume 16
DjStaera — Zim Dancehall to the World Volume 17
Judgment Yard — Volume 17

Best Club DJ
Garry B
Dj Sadiki

Riddim Of The Year
One Clan — Chillspot
Body Slam — BodySlam Records
Sunshine – Sunshine Records
Voice — Mount Zion
High Praises — Cashlibs

Best Conscious Riddim
Y2K — Y2K Productions
Silent Killer — Sunshine
Pure Niceness — Chillspot
Ice and Roses — Ice and Roses
Step up — Kutso

Best Collabo Riddim
Cashlance — Cashlibs and Vigilance
Madlevel — JMP and Chillspot
Chillslam — Bodyslam and Chillspot
MbareChitown — Givanchy and Equation

Zim Dancehall Ambassador
Killer T
Judgment Yard
Soul Jah Love
Lady Squanda

Best Artiste Diaspora
Buffalo Solder
Jah Hanief
Teban C
Best Video
Chimakanika — Tally B
Manika — Viviun
Bata Ruoko Rwangu — Freeman
Confused — Inini
Ndinochema — Seh Calaz

Best Club Hit Song
Tasangana zvidhakwa — Yoz and Shinsoman
Tocky aendanenyika — Tocky Vibes
Kana uchitiunotamba — Ricky Fire
Hatimisike — Seh Calaz
Most Improved Artiste
Tally B
Platnum Prince

Most Disciplined Artiste
Cello Culture
Jay C
T Makwikwi
Tally B
Best Zimdancehall Online
Slim Dogz
Zim Intertainment
Dr Clarence
Ta International
Propa Bless
King Alfred
Chris Digital

Comments (3)

yes, the best collaboration of 2014 by Tipsy and Raspompy definately is very challenging and l feel uplifted when heard this song ,so my comment is that the combination itself is very good and they should keep going practising such excellent perfomance.All in all ,may their good perfomance keep on excelling to a higher level .

allan - 6 March 2015

the collaboration of shinsoman and yoz is also ellected ,but their linguistics are very well asthey reaveled that they are doing something which is good... May they keep on pulling up sockses.

allan - 6 March 2015

The awards must certainly go to deserving artists for encouragement, bias should not be part of the event as we mark the first Zimdancehall awards. Violence is not an option for venting off anger in the event of defeat, so the security issue must be looked at seriously to restore confidence in zimdancehall gatherings.

tichaona - 6 March 2015

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