YOUNG and talented!
This aptly sums up the calibre of winners, who dominated the 20th National Arts Merit Awards ceremony, at the Harare International Conference Centre, on Saturday.
The awards, which catered for work produced between 2020 and 2021, saw young artists walking to the winners’ podium to collect gongs.
Man-of-the-moment Nutty O bagged two gongs for the Outstanding Male Artist and Outstanding Album (Mustard Seed).
The chanter recently won three awards at the 2022 PPC Zimbabwe Music Awards.
His triumph is proof that the new crop of young artists are now running the game.
This new wave should come as a wake-up call the old school artists, who have either fallen by the wayside, or sunk into oblivion.
Chanter Jah Master also won a gong in the Outstanding Song of the Year award although some queried his triumph.
As expected, Janet Manyowa, whose career continues to rise with each passing day, had a memorable night after winning the Outstanding Female Musician award.
Meanwhile, the event organisers did a sterling job in putting together a memorable show that will remain engraved in the memory of many.
Unlike the 2022 PPC ZIMA awards, which failed to live up to expectations, the Nama organisers put together what can easily pass as the best show of the week.
Although there is still room for improvement, the coordination of the event was superb, from start to finish.
It was also clear that they had done their homework as the service providers of the night got it right.
Meanwhile, guests were treated to breath-taking performances by Nutty O, Mbeu, Mambo Dhuterere, Janet Manyowa, The Unveiled Group, Minister Mahendere and Nyasha David among others.
The choreography was exceptional, befitting the event where artists who excelled were honoured.
Like any other event, some of the nominees left home disappointed as they expected to win big.
There are also big names who missed the winners’ podium, where the young blood dominated, a clear indication they need to reinvent the wheel.
Rumbidzai Karize in Deathbed
Outstanding Theatrical Production
How are you really? by Vaviri Creative
Elizabeth Zaza Muchemwa in How are you really?
- LITERARY AWARDS
Outstanding First Creative Published Work
Bringing us back by Mercy Dhliwayo (Vhakololo Press)
Outstanding Children’s Book
The Cursing Tortoise by Onald Gwiriri (Essential Books Publishing Company)
Outstanding Fiction Book
All comes to Dust by Bryony Rheam (amaBooks)
Outstanding Poetry Book
For women Trying to breath and failing (It’s not your fault) by Batsirai Chigama (Ntombekhaya Poetry)
- FILM AND TELEVISION AWARDS
Kumbilani Ncube as Jonz in Ikasi: The Hood
Bathabile Dlamini as Blessing in Poor Cousins
Outstanding Music Video
Rainmaker Directed by Kalai Faye Barlow ft. Djembe Monks
Outstanding Screen Production (Television)
Chipo the Gift produced by Daves Guzha
Outstanding Screen Production (Short Length Film)
Ikasi: The Hood Directed by Mzingaye Ngwabi
Outstanding Screen Production
(Full Length Film)
Poor Cousins Directed by Sydney Taivavashe
- MUSIC AWARDS
Outstanding New Comer Day
Tawanda Ncube aka DT Bio Mudimba
Outstanding Female Musician
Outstanding Male Musician
Simbarashe Carrington Chiwadzwa aka Nutty O
Hello Mwari by Rodney Mashandure aka Jah Master
Mustard Seed by Simbarashe Carrington Chiwadzwa aka Nutty O
- SPECIAL AWARDS
Outstanding Artist In The Diaspora
Arnold Tongai Chirisa
Promoter Of The Year
Consistent Supporter Under Covid-19
Arts Service Award
National Gallery of Zimbabwe