Zambezi News' wins AEA Award

HARARE - Zambezi News, Zimbabwe’s leading satirical comedy show, which features comical news presenters who delve into everyday issues ranging from politics to sport, landed the Best Comedian Award at the African Entertainment Awards (AEA) held in New Jersey, USA last week.

The award-winning comedy group, made up of Comrade Fatso, Outspoken and Michael Kudakwashe, won the award after getting more votes than celebrated comedians like Anne Kasiime, Trevor Noah, Clifford Owusu, Michael Blackson, and Eric Omondi.

Comrade Fatso has described the latest award as a great endorsement for his award-winning group which toured the United Kingdom, South Africa, Germany and Belgium this year.

“It is an honour to receive such global recognition for an edgy, political Zimbabwean comedy show. It shows the growing international appeal of African satire.

“I want to thank the team and the supporters behind Zambezi News who have made our outspoken show consistently grow since 2011 despite regular threats and harassment from the State. You can’t kill humour,” he said.

The Zambezi News gong was the second one to be won by Zimbabwean artistes at the African Entertainment Awards (AEA) after songstress Selmor Mtukudzi retained the Best Female Single Award.

Selmor, the daughter of music legend Oliver Mtukudzi, took home the gong after her song Zvidikidiki got the most votes in a category which also featured Zahara (South Africa), Vanessa Mdee (Tanzania), Victoria Kimani (American-born Kenyan singer), Seyi Shay (Nigeria) and Lady Ponce (Cameroon).

Last year, the rising Zimbabwean musician scooped the same award for her hit Nguva Yangu garnered the most votes.

The Zvidikidiki singer, who did not attend the 2016 African Entertainment Awards (USA) ceremony in New Jersey, described winning the Best Female Single award for two consecutive years as “phenomenal”.

Several Zimbabwean nominees who were in the running for the gongs did not make it. Winky D was nominated in the Best Dancehall category where he battled it out with Ghanaian Shata Wale, Patoranking (Nigeria), Alonzo Abasi (Liberia), Taka Zion (Guinea) and Stonebwoy (Ghana).

Bonnie Deuschle and The Celebration Choir as well as Zimpraise failed to make it in the Best Gospel category while blogger, Munya Bloggo was in running for the Best Blogger Award.

The African Entertainment Awards (USA) seek to promote, uplift, enhance and unite Africans globally while creating a platform for the voicing and advancing of African Diaspora around the world. The awards hope to play a role in addressing issues affecting Africans in the United States and worldwide.

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