By Staff Reporter
IT was glitz and glamour as creatives were being honoured at the country’s premier arts honours National Arts Merit Awards (Nama) on Saturday night.
Nama awards, that recognises and rewards excellence and talent within the creative sector was established through an Act of Parliament in 1985 by National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ).
It was a night to remember for the lucky winners as the awards ceremony held under the theme “Zimbabwe and Beyond #AmaLevels” made a return after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The qualifying entries for the 20th edition of Nama were art work from December 1, 2019 to November 30, 2021.
Dancehall chanter Nutty O is proving to be an award-winning machine as he continues to bag them time and again.
With memories still fresh having won big again at another top awards ceremony, Zimbabwe Music Awards held last week, Nutty O proved his mettle after bagging two gongs out of three nominations at Nama.
He was adjudged to be Outstanding Male Musician and his album Mustard Seed was declared the Outstanding Album.
To take home the Outstanding Male Musician award, Nutty O brushed aside competition from heavyweights that included Mukudzei Mukombe aka Jah Prayzah, Rockford “Roki’ Josephat, Emergy “Freeman” Chizanga while Jah Prayzah’s Hokoyo, Sounds of Victory by Janet Manyowa and 5136 Born in Highfield by Trevor Dongo could not match the quality of his wildly popular album Mustard Seed that scooped the Outstanding Album gong.
“I had not won a Nama award before, it is an honour making it, considering that I was battling for the awards with Zimbabwe’s greatest musicians,” Nutty O said.
He said the support of his Ability Extension Family had been tremendous, adding that nothing should deter one from achieving their set goals as he was a testimony to that. The Ninja president Winky D has remained the crowd’s favourite over the years after he was voted the people’s favourite under the People’s Choice Award.
Winky D later took to Facebook to salute his fans for their support especially votes in the People’s Choice Award.
The guest of honour Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation minister Kirsty Coventry said the government would continue supporting local artists as well as the improve the entertainment industry.
Guests, who included creatives and stakeholders in the arts industry showcased their sense of fashion on the red carpet.
Both males and females were dressed to kill, while some couples made it to the red carpet in matching attire.
The red-carpet affair was made a unique one by Kae Chaps who made his way on horseback and gave an outstanding performance for the song Mavanga together with Kikky Badass.
Guests were entertained by artistes such as Mambo Dhuterere, Nyasha David, gospel singer Michael Mahendere and Janet Manyowa and Nutty O.
Outstanding Female Dancer: Lorraine Sibanda in Footprints
Outstanding Male Dancer: Devante Sanganza in My Passion for Dance
Outstanding Dance Choreographer: John Cole in Loyal
Outstanding Dance Group: Umkathi Theatre in Footprints
VISUAL ARTS AWARDS
Outstanding 2-Dimensional Work: Domination by Joseph Nyakwenga
Outstanding 3-Dimensional Work: Nhumbu by Tatenda Gwarada
Outstanding Mixed Media: Do not destroy us by Rickson Zavare
Outstanding Poet: Obert Dube
Outstanding Comedian: Hidden Sibanda
Social Media Skits: Tarisai Cleopatra “Madam Boss” Chikocho
Outstanding Journalist- Print: Sithokozile Sibanda -Ilanga
Outstanding Journalist –Radio: Rumbidzai “Chamvari Mugwira” –Power FM
Outstanding Journalist –Television: Barney Mupariwa –ZBC
Outstanding Journalist –Online Media:Nonkululeko Dube aka Amard ZW Amazing voices
Outstanding Actor: Cedric Musongwelwa in Deathbed
Outstanding Actress: Rumbidzai Karize in Deathbed
Outstanding Director: Elizabeth Zaza Muchemwa in How Are You Really
Outstanding First Creative Published Works: Bringing us Back by Mercy Dhliwayo
Outstanding Children’s Book: The Cursing Tortoise by Onwald Gwiriri
Outstanding Poetry Book: For Women Trying to Breath and Failing by Batsirai Chigama
Film and Television Awards
Outstanding Actor: Kumbilani Ncube in Ikhasi The Hood
Outstanding Actress: Bathabile Dlamini in Poor Cousins
Outstanding Music Video: Rainmaker by Kalai Faye featuring Djembe Monks
Outstanding Screen Production (Television): Chipo the Gift directed by Daves Guzha
Outstanding Screen Production (Short Film): Nehanda directed by Sydney Taivavashe
Outstanding New Comer: Day Tawanda “DT Bio Mudimba” Ncube
Outstanding Female Musician: Janet Manyowa
Outstanding Male Musician: Simbarashe “Nutty O” Carrington Chiwadza
Outstanding Album: Nutty O (Mustard Seed)
Promoter of the Year: Gateway Stream
Outstanding Artist in the Diaspora: Arnold Tongai Chirisa
People Choice Awards
Lifetime Achievement Award
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