Controversy over Marley's Zima award

HARARE - Noone from the Bob Marley Foundation will grace the Zimbabwe Music Awards (Zima) awards taking place tonight at the Harare International Conference Centre where the late reggae legend is being controversially awarded the Life Time Achievement gong by the organisers.

The awards will be running for the second year having taking a seven-year hiatus. At the last event in 2014 the organisers accorded Chimurenga music singer Dick Chingaira with the same Life Time Achievement award and also gave him an incomplete house which they have failed to complete.

While Zima officials remain confident that they will honour Marley, the Marley Foundation which handles all of the legend’s affairs denied any knowledge of the award. They also say no one from Zima has communicated to them over the award.

Zima on the other hand are saying that they have been talking to Julian the son of reggae legend Bob Marley and Lucy Pounder.

One of the Zima media and public relations officials, Robert Mukondiwa said the Marley acceptance speech will only be done via Skype or a pre-recorded message.

“The Skype link will be done with presumably Rita Marley or any one of the children. On sending a representative it really did not make sense for someone who is not a Marley to come through.

“Right now rehearsals are being done and Blakk Rasta came over the weekend. The show will be screened on ZBC TV from 8:30pm,” he said.

Comments (2)

I caught a glimpse of the zima function in poor pic quality on ztv and what they called red carpet was some thin strip that ran miserably accross a flow whose color i could not comprehend. i think if we, a zim, can not match certain standards set by other countries who do this rd carpet thing, we should do what we are capable and can afford, and be unique in our inferior ways rather than disgracing ourselves by failing to imitate as zima did. the sound quality was something else that sounded like a growth point gig done by a local farm band. dai tambogadzira nyika first.

SaManyika Chaiye - 26 February 2016

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