NAMA soundbites: the highs and the lows

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Mbo Mahoks rocked it at this years' edition of the Nama

NAMA review by Christina De Klerk

THIS year’s edition of the National Arts Merit Awards was filled with pomp and fanfare but not without its drama.

The Harare International Conference Centre was packed and guests passed through the red carpet for photo sessions.

The awards ceremony kicked off with a top notch performance by Vabati VaJehova, Ammara Brown, Freeman and sungura godfather Alick Macheso .

 The energy on stage was great but Baba Shero as Macheso is affectionally called, was a bit out of sync.

Let me digress.

The who is who in the entertainment industry started off by showing off their fancy outfits and everyone put in an effort to look dapper.

It was lights, camera, action all the way!

Unfortunately, some guests got a middle finger and were snubbed by photographers, while others grabbed attention.

This reporter was in earshot of the photographers who were arguing about favouritism.

One of the major highlights on the red carpet was the Kodak moment of rapper T-Gonzi’s kiss with an unidentified lady.

The red carpet reached boiling point when the arguably best dressed woman of the night,  Mbo Mahocs aka Chichi showed up in a stunning pink outfit which ‘murdered’ the crowd.

Ammara Brown came and went… nothing to talk about as far as her outfit for the evening is concerned, but kudos to Gemma Griffiths- she was dressed to kill.

Stunning: Ammara Brown at the Nama

Youthful diva Tammy Moyo divorced from her usual near nude dress code and was fully clothed.

Ironically her mother cum manager was the one who bared it all, in an outfit that exposed all the flesh and she was a victim of a wardrobe malfunction.

She exposed her undergarments as she walked up on stage in solidarity with her daughter.

 Madame Boss was clad in a red outfit which exposed her thunder thighs, however her presentation skills were the best example of lack of creativity.

The situation was made worse by a group of rowdy youths who chanted “Stop bleaching! Stop bleaching!” when she appeared on stage.

Businessman and socialite Genius ‘Ginimbi’ Kadungure came in the company of  entertainer Tinotenda ‘Rimo’ Marimo, and ushers had to run around to get the entourage seats in the VVIP.

 The awards presentation went on smoothly until Gemma Griffiths missed the diaspora awards category and it went to Musa Mkhaya.

 The crowd disputed the adjudicator’s decision and chanted Gemma’s name.

When Sandra Ndebele announced Antoinette Masango as the best actress (film and television), she frowned for reasons best known to herself.

T -Gonzi and Ishan were the men of the moment and grabbed two gongs.

Notable socialites present were Zuva Habane, Thomas Chizhanje, Lorraine Guyo, Rimo, Ginimbi among others.

Government chipped in with funding for the first time and kudos to minister Kirsty Coventry.

Here are the winners:


Outstanding Newcomer
– Ishan

Outstanding Female Musician– Tamy Moyo

Outstanding Male Musician– Ti Gonzi

Outstanding Song- ‘Kure’ – Ishan ft. Ti Gonzi

Outstanding Album– Uhuru – Willis Wataffi

Outstanding Music Video– ‘Sunshine City’ – Flying Bantu

Outstanding Fiction Book- Out of Darkness, Shining Light – Petina Gappah 

Outstanding Children’s Book- Songs of the Little Creature – Phumulani Chipandambira

Outstanding First Creative Published Book– A People’s Fight – Fradreck Hombiro

Outstanding Female DanceDadirai Mupandawana – Ezimnyama Dance Group

Outstanding Male Dancer– Selemani Mpochi – Ochestra Mberikwazvo

Outstanding Actress– Charmaine Mudau – Another Wedding

Outstanding Screen Production (Television Series)– Muzita Rababa – Shem Zemura

Outstanding Screen Production – Short Film– Redefining the Road – Tapiwa Gambira

Outstanding Mix Media Work- Distorted History – Anthony Bumhira

Outstanding 2 Dimensional Work– Cyclone Idai where is Mommy? – Calvin Chimutuwah

Outstanding 3 Dimensional Work– Tribute to the mother of generations – Stanley Mutanga

Outstanding Exhibition- Pieces for Peace, Pieces, Revolutionary Freshness – Talent Kapadza & Schuma Herscovitz

Outstanding Journalist (Print)– Tafadzwa Kachiko – Newsday

Outstanding Journalist (TV)– Masceline Bondamakara – ZBC

Outstanding Journalist Radio

  • Anesu Masamvu – ZiFM
  • Yvonne Tivatye – Star FM
  • Thulani Munyandu – National FM

Outstanding Online Media- Zimbojam

Outstanding Comedian– Long John

Outstanding Poet– Sithembile Siqhoza Ndebele

Outstanding Actor (Film and TV)– Percy Soko – Mandla

Outstanding Actress (Film and TV)– Antoinette Sango – Mandla

Outstanding Screen Production (TV)Mandla – Solomon Mandaza

Outstanding Screen Production (Short Film)– Redefining the Road – Tapiwa Gambura

Outstanding Screen Production (Full-length Film)– Stay with Me – Nick Zemura

Artist in the Diaspora– Vusa Mkhaya

Outstanding Promoter of the Year– D & G Promotions

Personality of the Year– Nobuntu

Service to the Arts Award– Solomon Guramatunhu

Lifetime Achievement Award– Stella Chiweshe

People’s Choice Award– Winky D



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