Zimbabwe: Hail the NAMA 2019 Winners!

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It was a night to remember at the National Arts Merit Awards at the Harare International Conference Centre when artistes were awarded in various categories for their outstanding works.

The music category, which usually attracts a lot of attention and feedback, had surprise winners this year.

In a category that involved all artistes, gospel singer Mai Patai made a mark when she was voted the best in the People’s Choice category.

It is a good year for Mai Patai, who also became the first woman to be to make it into the top three of Coca-Cola Radio Zimbabwe Top 50.

Winning another accolade means the lady had a great potential with her album titled “Punish the Devil”. She has indeed punished the devil with great success.

Rising dancehall singer Enzo Ishall proved why he is called the man of the moment when “Kanjiva” was voted the best song of the year.

Janet Manyowa continues to push the envelope in the gospel category. After many accolades in previous awards ceremonies, this time she bagged the Outstanding Female Musician of the Year while the Outstanding Male Musician Award went to “Nzenza” hitmaker Ex-Q.

In a year that appeared barren for many outstanding musicians, “Dzamutsana” from Jah Prayzah was voted the Video of the Year and credit went to its producer Vusa Hlatshayo aka Blaqs.

Below is the full list of winners:

SPOKEN WORD AWARDS

Outstanding Poet

  • Likhwa Ncube- aka Likhwa okaNcube

Outstanding Comedian - Spoken Word

  • Learnmore Mwanyenyeka - aka Long John

LITERARY ARTS AWARDS

Outstanding First Creative Published Book

  • Gather the Children by Batsirai Chigama [Ntombekhaya Poetry]

Outstanding Children’s Book

  • The City Girl by Elisha July and Tendai K. Rudanda [Pass-Point Publishers]

Outstanding Fiction

  • Mazai Emheni by Daniel Mutendi [DanTs Media Publishing]

THEATRE AWARDS

Outstanding Actor

  • Teddy Mangawa in Ukama

Outstanding Actress

  • Qeqeshiwe M’thembo in The Hostel

Outstanding Theatrical Production

  • Ukama by Savanna Trust

Outstanding Director

  • Lloyd Nyikadzino for Zandezi

DANCE AWARDS

Outstanding Female Dancer

  • Vein N. Alfazema in Black Sheep

Outstanding Male Dancer

  • Martin Chabuka in 100% Afro

Outstanding Dance Group

  • Real Flex Dance Group directed by Martin Chabuka

Outstanding Choreographer

  • Macintosh Jerahuni & Chaleen Chimara - Iwe Neni Tinebasa

VISUAL ARTS AWARDS

Outstanding 2 Dimensional Work

  • The Demolition by John Kotze

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Outstanding 3 Dimensional Work

  • Zvirimudombo by Shelton Mubayi

Outstanding Mix Media Work

  • The Watchman and the Fence by Greg Shaw

Outstanding Exhibition

  • The Grotesque by Allan Sibanda and Talent Kabadza

FILM AND TELEVISION AWARDS

Outstanding Actor

  • Eddie Sandifolo as Clive in Bhachi

Special Mention

  • Admire Kuzhangaira - in Death and Other Complications

Outstanding Actress

  • Tendaishe Chitima as Anesu in Cook-Off

Outstanding Music Video

  • Dzamutsana produced by Vusa Hlatshayo aka Blaqs

Outstanding Screen Production (Television Series)

  • Kuchina The Genesis directed by Blessing Gatsi

Special Mention

  • Gaza directed by Ben Mahaka

Outstanding Screen Production - Short Film

  • Bhachi directed by Shupai Kamunyaru

Outstanding Screen Production - Full-Length Film

  • Cook-Off directed by Thomas Brickhill

MEDIA AWARDS

Outstanding Journalist - Print

  • Fred Zindi - The Standard

Outstanding Journalist - Television

  • Patience Nyagato from ZBC TV

Outstanding Journalist - Radio

  • Babongile Sikhonjwa, aka uMrifiti - Sky Metro FM

Outstanding Online Media

  • Capitalk

MUSIC AWARDS

Outstanding Female Musician

  • Janet Manyowa

Outstanding Male Musician

  • Enoch Munhenga aka Ex-Q

Outstanding Album

  • Tseu Tseu by Enock Munhenga aka Ex-Q

Outstanding Song

  • Kanjiva by Stephen K. Mamhere aka Enzo Ishall

People’s Choice Award Winner:

  • Mai Patai

Outstanding Promoter

  • Unplugged Zimbabwe

Arts Personality of the Year

  • Mokoomba

- The Herald

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