HARARE - The Nama Awards, Zimbabwe’s premier music awards yesterday unveiled the nominees for the 2016 edition, among them Kora nominee, mbira musician Hope Masike.
She is nominated under “Outstanding Female Musician” and for her song Huyai Tinamate, “Outstanding Music Video”.
Interestingly, the same song Huyai Tinamate is also nominated for a Kora Award under “Best Female Traditional Artist”.
“Much as we do not make music for awards, they remain an important part of our work. Being named one of the most promising and gifted artistes across the four regions of the continent is an exciting, motivating and humbling accolade. At the same time, a national nomination comes tops as it’s a huge endorsement from my own home. It gets me excited for us Zimbabwean musicians, for the future of mbira music, and for Zimbabwe at large,” said Masike.
With two studio albums to her name and concert credits here at home, Masike has also toured numerous countries in and out of Africa.
She received her first award in 2013, a Nama Award for “Outstanding Female Musician” of the year.
Besides her Hifa collaboration last year with Salif Keita, another major highlight of her carreer was her release of the highly-acclaimed video to her song Huyai Tinamate.
The video was warmly received, clearly setting a different standard for local music videos.
Huyai Tinamate, which was produced by Masike and shot at her home village in Musana was directed by Charles Mawungu.
The elaborate costumes for the video were done by acclaimed fashion designer, Sabina Mutsvati.
The organisers of Kora Awards disclosed that the winners from every category would not only be going home with the coveted Kora plaques but also, cash prizes ranging from $20 000 to $1 000 000.
Hope Masike is joined by Pah Chihera who is also nominated in a different category for the Kora Awards.
“Kora Awards are a pan-African happing in celebration of our African music scene. I am confident that Zimbabweans will vote for me and Pah Chihera in our different categories with such vim and verve. To vote for Hope Masike at Kora Awards, simply SMS: KORA 78 to +248984000,” said the diva.