Man of the moment Jah Prayzah once again stole the limelight by scooping three awards at the 17th edition of the National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA) held this Saturday in Harare.
On the night outstanding performers in the arts industry were honoured, Jah Prayzah showed he still rules the roost after he scooped the Outstanding Male Musician award, the Outstanding Album and the Outstanding Song of the Year. Kutonga Kwaro was the outstanding album and Ndini Ndamubata the outstanding song of the year.
Gospel musician Janet Manyowa emerged the Outstanding Female Musician in the category to snatch it away from fellow nominees’ Ammara Brown and Selmor Mtukudzi.
Muzita Rababa led the film and television awards with most of its crew taking the awards including outstanding screen production.
However, some categories including the literary art section had no emerging winners as the adjudicators noted lack of creativity and innovation in some of the nominees’ pieces.
In the media awards, ZBC reporter Sifiso Mpofu landed the TV Journalist Award, while Nicola Ndoro of Star FM and Prince Mushawevato of Sunday mail were Outstanding Journalist Radio and Print respectively.
This year’s edition was running under the theme: ‘Arts Sustainability’ and more than 30 nominees walked away with prices in each of the segments.