The National Arts Council of Zimbabwe’s NAMA Awards preparations scheduled for Friday 18th February 2017 are fast taking shape with exciting developments and public interactive options now in place. It has been confirmed that Zimbabwe’s Number One funny-man, comedian Carl Joshua Ncube will be hosting the NAMA Awards 2017
The council has decided and it is time the public play a role and vote for their favourite artist for this year People’s Choice category. With the nominee list expanded to nine categories which are further sub-categorized, the public will sure be spoilt of choice for their vote. The National Arts Merits Awards (NAMA) categories include s Film and Television, Music, Arts, Dance, Visual arts, Literature Arts, Theatre and Spoken Word.
OFFICIAL NAMA NOMINEE LIST:
16th EDITION NAMA NOMINEES
To vote for your favourite artist(s); simply send message #NAMA – ARTIST NAME to Whatsapp number 0713060504. The voting platform will run active until the awards night on the 18th of February 2017 at 2000Hrs. Artist with the most votes will be awarded at the awards ceremony. The 16th edition of the NAMA will be broadcast live on ZTV, among other radios and social platforms.
The NACZ applauds media digitalization which they say has contributed to the increase in the quality of film production, however lamenting that production in sectors like music, visual arts and film has declined due to the strained Zimbabwean economy.
NAMA revealed that most of submissions of music videos where directed by foreigners to which the award for the Outstanding video going to the Director, alas foreign-directed videos will lose out as the NAMA policy is that only Zimbabweans are eligible to receive the gongs.
Lack of consistence in female artists in terms of productivity and presence has been quite notable this season with the council highlighting thus leading to promoters being reluctant to support female artists.
Online media and platforms in Zimbabwe is showing an increase and also the coverage of arts news is in depth observed by the NACZ.
NACZ would like to thank production houses, producers, media houses, promoters, creative stables, arts organizations and institutions and all those that submitted entries for the 16th Edition of NAMA for making the process a success. It is the participation of the artists and stakeholders that builds NAMA.
NACZ through NAMA will continue to recognize outstanding achievements within the arts sector, by rewarding creativity, innovation and excellence. The awards are a means of encouraging in the quality of the arts, making Zimbabwe a force to reckon within the region and international arena. NAMA aim to inspire artists to strive for higher and original forms of creativity and provide an opportunity for arts disciplines to jointly market and publicize the arts locally, regionally and internationally.