Nominees for this year’s Zimbabwe Music Awards will be announced today ahead of the grand finale that has been set for November 28 at Meikles Hotel in Harare.
There are 24 categories with five new ones which are Mbaqanga, Tshibilika Ekhaya Music, musician from the Sadc region who has done well in Zimbabwe, Zimbabwean Music Ambassador and Imbube. The sungura category will no doubt get music enthusiasts talking as all the top artistes in the genre have new albums.
Allan Chimbetu who won the accolade last year faces stiff competition from seasoned Alick Macheso, Tongai Moyo, Hosiah Chipanga, Nicholas Zakaria, Muzarabani-based Njerama Boys, Cephas Mashakada and to a lesser extent Joseph Garakara. The producer of the year award has always left out icons such as Bothwell Nyamhondera who has produced top sellers among them Macheso, Tongai and Somandla Ndebele.
It’s yet to be seen what this year’s category has in store as the last edition featured Elias Musakwa, Macdonald Chidavaenzi and Norman Tapambwa. Another tight contest is in the Best Choral Group category where Chiedza Chevatendi, Vabati VeVhangeri and ZCC Mbungo Hotline and ZCC Defe Dopota Brass bands have done well. The Chegutu-based Chiedza Chevatendi, who made a breakthrough with Ivhu Kuvhu last year, released Uchanotaura Chokwadi while another apostolic group Vabati VeVhangeri is currently on cloud nine with Gare Gare.
The Bikita-based Mbungo Hotline won a double disc award for their hit album Ndashaiwa Paumire while their other group Defe Dopota has always been spoken about. Another showdown is in the mbira category between Mbira DzeNharira and Mawungira eNharira who both have released well-polished albums Fare Fare Tindike and Chinemanenji. There can also be a surprise package in the category in the form of Hweva Mbira who are doing well with their latest album called Misumo. Mercy Mutsvene, who won a platinum disc for her album Nyika in the revived Gramma Records, Zimbabwe Music Corporation and Ngaavongwe awards, is likely to face Rumbidzai Zvirikuzhe and Mai Guvamombe in the Best Gospel (Female) category.
Ndux Junior and Chase Skuza who have furthered the legacy left by the late Nduna Malaba and Solomon Skuza are set to feature in the Tshibilika Ekhaya Music category. Roki’s Chidzoka and ExQ might lock horns in Best Urban Grooves Male Artiste award.
Via The Herald