ORGANISERS of the Bulawayo Arts Awards (BAA) say they are unfazed by the wave of negative criticism that they have received following the release of the nominees list.
The inaugural awards, meant to celebrate and honour personalities from the country’s cradle of the arts, Bulawayo, will be held on June 30 at the Large City Hall.
While many people have endorsed the awards, some have been critical with the organisers having to defend the initiative.
The chorus of disapproval was amplified this week following the release of the nominees list on Saturday.
Raisedon Baya, who is involved in the initiative, told NewZimbabwe.com that most of the criticism they are getting is “petty”.
“We have artists that thought they would make the list-artists who did not even submit anything throwing tantrums on social media just to get a few likes and retweets. If you believe you are good, submit your works. It is that simple.
“But also in life our artists need to know that judging art is not a scientific process. It is about tastes, impression, values. There is always a possibility that what you think is best, might not necessarily be the best, For BAA it is always about recognising effort and talent,” he said.
However, Baya said the response from the arts community has been overwhelming.
“We had over 400 entries,” he said, adding, “For the first time. It is very encouraging. We should not forget that because of the economic challenges many artists were not very productive in 2016.”
The challenge, Baya said, was choosing the best from the entries.
“Firstly, the quality and standards of entries were a mixed bag, making it difficult for us to pick the top three. Secondly, most artists, especially in music, were not sure about their genres. Thirdly, some were just entering any category,” he said.
Baya said they were grateful for the support they were getting from corporates and individuals.
“The corporates are coming in slowly, but for BAA I think the biggest surprise and endorsement has been the individuals who are coming in with financial support. They have been amazing. While we still need corporate support we have also realised our people are with us, and are prepared to support with the little they have,” said Baya.
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Below is the full nominees list:
Outstanding Visual Artist
Israel Israel: Bhekitshe Ntshali: Enock Chimbetete
Outstanding Literary Work
Marshal Chiza: Philani A Nyoni
Outstanding Online Media
Onvi TV : Fokus Magazine : Urban Culxure
Outstanding Media House
The Chronicle : Skyz Metro FM : Sunday News
Outstanding Arts Journalist
Sindiso Dube (Newsday) : Bruce Ndlove (B Metro) : Bongani Ndlovu (The Chronicle)
Outstanding Video Director
Vusa Blaqs : Andy Cuta : Tswarelo Mothobe
Likhwa oka Ncube : Desire Moyoxide : Tinashe Tafirenyika
Outstanding Arts Photographer
K.B Mpofu : Josh Webster : Mgcini Nyoni
Outstanding Theatre Actress
Nomvuyiso Mabi (Double Funeral) : Tsitsi Gumbo (Untikolotshi) : Lady Tshawe (Kosha & The Drifter)
Outstanding Theatre Actor
Fortune Ruzungunde (Untikolotshi) : Gift Chakuvinga (Double Funeral) : Janco Van Der Weisterzen (Joseph and Coat of Many Colours)
Outstanding Theatre Production
Joseph and Coat of Many Colours (Bulawayo Theatre): Warrior (Umkhathi Theatre Works) : Untikolotshi ( Theatre for Everyone)
Outstanding Film Actress
Donna N (The Lost Letter): Nondumo C Ngwenya (Skhobokhobo : Power Jeki) : Gamuchirai Chenenga (In Between)
Outstanding Film Actor
Exult Ncube (The Lost Letter): Madlela (Skhobokhobo 2): Daniel Lesker
The Way It Is: The Arthur Evans Show: Thatha Wena: The Lost Letter
Ntando Van Moyo: Carl Joshua Ncube: Oliver Keith: Clive Chigubhu
Outstanding Traditional Dance Ensemble
Ezimnyama Dance Ensemble: Umkhathi Theatre Works: Sekunjalo Ma Africa
Outstanding Contemporary Dance Ensemble
Snipers Dance Crew
Explosion Dance Crew
Outstanding Male Dancer
Mbongeni Nxumalo (IYASA): Dereck Thembo (Kaisa): Masotha Nzou (Sungura Masters)
Outstanding Female Dancer
Cheryl Mabaya (IYASA): Dadirai Mpandawana (Ezimnyama Dance Ensemble) : Zanele Maseko (Hloseni Arts)
Ara Kani : Brandroom Exclusive : Shadow by Sidumiso
Miyamiko Banda : Ashley Morgen : Shadel Noble
Outstanding Imbube Group/Act
Family Voices : Nobuntu : Impumelelo Shining Stars
Skaiva : Mncedisi Moyo (Byo Knights) : Shirati : Sinazo
Outstanding Gospel Artist
Vocal X : Willis Wataffi : Lorraine Maplanka Stot : Eric Moyo
Madlela Sikhobokhobo : Martin Sibanda and Ndolwane Super Sounds : Clement Magwaza
Outstanding Alternative Music
Mzoe 7 : Hwabaraty : Jeys Marabini : Sandra Ndebele
Outstanding Ambassador Based in South Africa
Berita Khumalo : Ernest Phosa Ndlovu : Oskido
Outstanding Ambassador Rest of World
Black Umfolosi : Mokoomba : Insingizi
Outstanding New Comer of the Year
Madlela Skhobokhobo : Donna N : Bkay & TKP (Ziya Vaya Show; Skyz Metro FM)
Outstanding DJ of the Year
Ryan Synth : DJ Liz : DJ Phathisani
Outstanding Hip Hop Artist
AWA-Khiwe : CAL-VIN : That Boy ASAPH
Song of the Year
Ingoma (Sandra Ndebele ft Mzoe 7) : Ngamnanka uSaMamoe (Madlela Skhobokhobo) : Kalanga Child (Sinazo ft DJ Dash) : Ngiyakukhumbula (Misizi Kay) : Zanaleli (Ras Boom and DJ Ace Kater)
Outstanding Male Artist of the Year
Mzoe 7: Vusa Mkhaya: CAL-VIN : Jeys Marabini : Ramsey K
Outstanding Female Artist of the Year
AWA-Khiwe: Kadder : Nkwali : Lorrain Maplanka Stot : Sandra Ndebele
Outstanding Actor (Schools)
Sailas Matsika (Gifford High School): Wisdom Mpofu (Mzilikazi High School): Nobert Makoche (Gifford High School)
Outstanding Actress (Schools)
Linet Cheure (Nketa High School): Anita Moyo (Eveline High School) : Panashe Jima (Mzilikazi High School)
Outstanding Arts Educator
Bridget Sayers (Gifford High School): Sandisiwe Bhebhe (Mzilikazi High School): Thabani H. Moyo (Eveline High School)
Outstanding School Arts Effort
Gifford High School: Mzilikazi High School: Eveline High School