Wene Awards pushed to next year

HARARE - Rooftop Promotions founder and director Daves Guzha says his organisation’s Wene Music Awards, which were scheduled for last October, have been postponed to the same month next year.

This is the third time the awards, which are yet to kick off, have been postponed for one reason or the other.

Guzha, whose organisation is currently constructing a 500-seater theatre venue called Theatre in the Park in the Harare Gardens, confirmed the postponement but was quick to shoot down suggestions that the awards were failing to take off due to funding challenges.

“For as long as I can remember, the issue of funding has always been raised within the creative arts sector but has that stopped us from doing our stuff? At Rooftop, we have taken a bold decision to think outside the box and embrace opportunity, turning weaknesses into assets.”

Guzha added that the Wene Awards will definitely take place next year.

“They will be held in October next year, since we intend to finish the construction of the theatre venue before the year ends. The idea is for us to make use of the new space (to host the awards) and all its positive attributes such as live streaming among other things,” he said.

Last year, the awards were postponed to a later date as they clashed with the Zimbabwe Music Awards (Zimas).

The awards were postponed yet again following the death of Book Café founder Paul Brickhill who was the chairperson of the Wene jury.

The other Wene adjudicators are Nigel Munyati, a founding trustee of the Zimbabwe

International Film Festival Trust (ZIFFT), Joyce Jenje Makwenda, who is a writer, documentary filmmaker and actress and Albert Nyathi, a poet, actor, musician, arts advocate and administrator, seasoned academic Fred Zindi and Oliver Mtukudzi’s former manager Debbie Metcalfe.

Guzha said the Wene board will choose their own chairperson.

“The team selects its own chairperson. For governance purposes, I cannot pick and choose who I want. There are ethical issues that would come under the spotlight,” he said.


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