THE much-publicised Zimbabwe Music Awards (Zima) held on Wednesday night at the Harare International Conference Centre (HICC) after seven years in hibernation courted controversy on the showbiz scene as winning artistes went home empty-handed.
Various artistes who were rewarded for their works unfortunately went home with nothing as they could not take their trophies home.
Information gathered by NewsDay and later confirmed by the founder of the awards Joseph Nyadzayo reveals that there was only one old trophy which artistes would surrender backstage to be used for the entire ceremony. Despite the event organisers claiming in a series of interviews prior to the event that they had done their ground work to have a glamorous event, many were shamed as what was witnessed at the ceremony contradicted their claims.
The event was initially scheduled for October 3 before being pushed to October 29 with Zima’s organising committee claiming that they wanted enough time to prepare to deliver a world-class event.
South African radio and television personality Randall Abrahams, who was reported to be a special guest, did not attend the ceremony amid allegations that the organisers failed to meet his demands. Nyadzayo, founder of the awards, confirmed to NewsDay that they used an old trophy because they faced resources challenges.
“We faced a lot of challenges as some of the sponsors who had promised to come on board evaded us towards the grand finale,” Nyadzayo said.
“Although we used an old trophy at the ceremony, we have made a new design that will be given to the winners. The trophies are currently in South Africa and our challenge was to fly them on time.”
Nyadzayo pledged to continue hosting the awards and was confident that they would get the maximum support from all sectors next year.
From Nyadzayo’s sentiments, it is yet to be seen whether the artistes will receive their trophies as he could not give an exact date for them to receive the trophies.
Artistes who spoke to NewsDay on condition of anonymity in separate interviews expressed disappointment over the issue of going home empty-handed.
“What Nyadzayo did was really disappointing as someone who was expecting to take his award home,” he said.
The awards were also received with mixed feelings by music followers.
“As a nation, let us only stick to Nama (National Arts Merit Awards), not all these bogus awards they are trying to introduce to steal our hard-earned money,” said Brian Ncube of Hatfield.
Artistes who performed at the event include Afrika Revenge who were the opening and closing act alongside Audius Mtawarira, dancehall chanter Soul Jah Love, Cynthia Mare and Mathias Mhere, among others.
Full list of Award winners
Best Traditional Music
Winner – Jah Prayzah –Tsviriyo
Best Contemporary Choral Music
Winner – UFI Choir
Winner: Black Umfolosi –Summertime
Best Sungura Music
Winner: Suluman- Syllabus
Best Hip Hop Music
Winner: Tehn Diamond -Tehn Diamond
Best House Music
Winner: Khuxxman -Vumelani isangoma
Best R&B / Soul Music
Winner: Audius- House of Stones
Best Afro Pop Music
Winner: ExQ- Music bank
Best Dancehall Music
Winner: Soul Jah love -Ndini Uya Uya
Best Jazz Music
Winner: Ruzivo and Clare Nyakujara -Ndega zvangu
Best Traditional Gospel Music
Winner: Mathias Mhere- Anoita Minana
Best Contemporary Gospel Music
Winner: Sebastian Magacha -Tinaye Faithful God
Best Alternative Music
Winner: Cynthia Mare -Songs My Mother Loved
Winner: Sani Makhalima featuring Umsindo All Stars- Zvachose
Winner: Cynthia Mare -Zuvarimwe (Dai Zvaibvira)
Best Music Video of the Year
Winner: Nick Compas -Ingoma DJ Stavo
Best Producer of the Year
Winner: Sani Makhalima -Evolution Reloaded Sanii Makhalima
Best Engineer of the Year
Winner: Obediah Matulana -Isimbazu / Chimbadzo Obediah –Matulana
Winner: Soul Jah Love- Ndini Uya Uya
Winner: Cynthia Mare – Songs My Mother Loved
Best New Comer
Winner: Malimbah- African Sun
Album Of The Year
Winner: Jah Prayzah- Tsviriyo
Best International Achievers: Mokoomba