dudumanhenga.jpgSixty-three nominees drawn from seven categories have been announced by the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe for this year’s National Arts Merit Awards under the theme “A Decade of Excellence and Creativity”.


A total of 31 artists will this year walk away with NAMA trophies at a function to be held in Harare.


The nominees have been chosen from the seven categories which are Visual Arts, Dance, Literary Arts, Theatre, Film and Television, Music and Media.


Speaking at a media briefing in Harare, NAMA Chairperson Dudu Manhenga said this year’s adjudication process took more time than some previous years due to increased number of entries in some disciplines.


In the most contested category of outstanding musician, the nominees are Alick Macheso, Wallace Chirumiko, known as Winky D and Sulumani Chimbetu. 


In the outstanding song category, the battle is on with ‘Tafadzwa’ by Alick Macheso, ‘Mai Nga-a’ by Freddy Manjalima, also known as Kapfupi and ‘Musarova Biggie Man’ by Winky D.


Manhenga said the council recognizes the role that the media played in shaping perceptions about the awards. In the electronic media, radio category ZBC’s Nqobile Malinga and Joseph Mandizvidza of the Voice of Zimbabwe will be battling it out for the award.

Nominees for the Arts reporter of the year, television category are Leonard Mabvara, ZBC News, Charles “Chucky” Aisha of Heart of the Rhythm programme and Sifiso Mpofu of ZBC News.


Deputy Director of the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe, Mr. Nicholas Moyo said although they have not secured much funding for the event, they will go ahead with this year’s 10th edition to be held on the 19th of this month.


Dudu Manhenga, who is a jazz artist herself, said the quality of submitted works was high and the council acknowledges the seriousness and importance attached by the artists to NAMA as reflected by the number of entries received.

She however said, there is still a challenge in the area of packaging for the support materials submitted.