Thursday, 5 February 2015



Edith WeUtonga, Kessia Magosha, Clare Nyakujara:  B E CHIGAMA FOTO


Mono Mukundu: B E CHIGAMA FOTO



Vimbai Zimuto: B E CHIGAMA FOTO

Vimbai Zimuto: B E CHIGAMA FOTO
Vimbai Zimuto: B E CHIGAMA FOTO
R Tendo Tapiwa: B E CHIGAMA FOTO

Monday, 2 February 2015

VIMBAI ZIMUTO launches 2nd album – ‘KURE KWEMESO’

Thursday 5 February 2015, 5.30pm
Book Café, 139 S.Machel Ave, Harare

On Thursday 5 February at 5.30pm, vibrant young mbira artist VIMBAI ZIMUTO returns home to the Book Café stage to launch her CD ‘KURE KWEMESO’.   After 14 years of growing in the music industry at home and spreading her wings further, Vimbai is back from Europe to launch her second CD ‘Kure Kwemeso’, with support from Harare’s arts facilitators Pamberi Trust and the Book Cafe.  The event is free and all people are welcome.

Vimbai is well known to Zimbabwean audiences from her early years, through her involvement in various youth programmes including Music Crossroads, Pamberi Trust’s BOCAPA youth and FLAME gender programmes where she performed alongside the great Zimbabwean mbira star Chiwoniso Maraire, the UMOJA Cultural Flying Carpet, and a 3-year stint as backing vocalist for Oliver Mtukudzi.
From 2007 to 2010 Vimbai participated regularly in Sistaz Open Mic, a platform for emerging women artists by Pamberi Trust’s gender programme FLAME (Flame Literary Arts & Music Enterprise), and made good use of the opportunity to grow, and the exposure and experience she gained.  She said “It was a fruitful experience and very valuable.  That’s where I met the promoter for my first album, it was a good platform to meet people, to establish myself as a professional musician.  I also met different leading musicians that had influence on my growth as a female mbira artist, because there were very few at the time I started, and women were not really dominant in the genre, but Sistaz Open Mic gave me the chance to communicate one-on-one with professional women in the music industry and understand how to grow from there.  I remember we had workshops and discussions, and it was a very positive experience.  Even today I can talk to those musicians, they are like sisters in a small industry.  It gives a connection among artists, unlike someone just doing their own thing out there.”

After establishing links in Europe during a 3-month tour with ‘Daughters of Africa’- a collaboration with 12 women from 8 African countries in 2010 - she relocated to the Netherlands where she is now based in Zeeland, performing in various collaborations as ‘Vimbai and Makali Sounds’ comprising 5 musicians from 5 different countries, and continuing to dazzle audiences in the Netherlands and Belgium with her proud delivery of mbira from Zimbabwe.  Among many other performances, in January 2015 Vimbai performed for the Queen of Belgium at the Bozar theatre in the Brussels Centre for Fine Arts.

Vimbai says “The Lord has been faithful to me all the years of my life.  This is my second offering to the world.  After working with my first music teacher Emmanuel Mujuru, followed by deep learning experiences with Oliver Mtukudzi , the late Sam Mtukudzi and Chiwoniso Maraire, ZOMA  Swing, Zeekoraal (Martha Roelofs), Makali Sounds, and all the important people that are not mentioned here - I am so grateful for all the lessons and friendships learnt and built.  I thank all the hands, minds and voices that made this product possible.  Stay blessed.”
In this offering, Vimbai is supported by gifted young recording musicians: Zealman Munengu and Freedom Manatsa, drums; Chris Fefini, keys; Pablo Nakkapa, guitar; Clive Mono Mukundu, guitar; Solo Sunguro, bass, vocals and Chalene Firey, backing vocals.
Vimbai’s second delivery has been made possible with support from Africalia (Belgium), Stichting Welzijn (Oostburg) and Monolio Studios (Harare), and the launch is supported by Pamberi Trust’s FLAME project for women artists.  Pamberi Trust core programmes for youth and gender are supported by Hivos and Africalia.

Thursday, 29 January 2015



29th JANUARY 2015

The National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) is happy to announce the list of the nominees for the 14th National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA) edition to be held in the capital on 14th February 2015 at the 7 Arts Theatre in Avondale. After the adjudication process, the results are as follows;


Outstanding Male Dancer
1.      Stanley Wasili             of         Tumbuka Dance Company
2.      Reuben Mlauzi           of         IYASA
3.      McIntosh Jerahuni    of         Tumbuka Dance Company
Outstanding Female Dancer
1.      Charlene Chimara     of         Dance Trust of Zimbabwe
2.      Cheryl Mabaya           of         IYASA
3.      Maylene Chenjerai     of         Tumbuka Dance Company
Outstanding Choreographer

1.      Ketan Nagar                           in           The Caterpillar Dance           by        Kinkini – The Voice of Dance
2.      Sean George Mabwere           in           International Skrillex Remix by        M &M Dance Factory
3.      Richard Ndlovu                      in           The Official opening of the African Union  Sports Commission Region V Youth Games by the Ministry of Sport, Arts and Culture
Outstanding Dance Group
1.      M &M Dance Factory
2.      Dance Trust of Zimbabwe
3.      IYASA

Outstanding Actor
1.      Philani Nyoni                         in                     Qiniso
2.      Partwell Nazvo                       in                     Prophets of Doom
3.      Nash Mphepho                       in                     Dust and Fortunes
Outstanding Actress
1.      Bianca Magwenzi                   in                     Tariro
2.      Stella January                        in                     Dust & Fortunes
3.      Nothando Nobengula            in                     Beyond
Outstanding Screen Production - Full length film
1.      Sour Milk                    by        Melgin Tafirenyika
2.      Tariro                          by        Malon Murape
3.      Dust & Fortunes        by        Justice Chapwanya
Outstanding Screen Production - Short Film
1.      My Dream                                          by        Sheunesu Moyo
2.      The Calling                                         by        Mhle Nzima
3.      The Journey from Rural to Ramp     by        Jill Roberts and Lynette Frewin

Outstanding Screen Production (Television)
1.      One Family Can                                by        Johannes Machingauta
2.      The Other Brother                             by        Charity Mahowa-Matavo
3.      Mr Perfect                                           by        Gugulethu Ndlovu

Outstanding Music Video
1.      Makanika                   by        Willard Magombedze             ft.   Jah Prayzah
2.      Gudo Guru                 by        Munyaradzi Nota                    ft.  Changamire
3.      Ndipe Rudo                by        Andy Cutta                             ft.    Sanii Makhalima

Outstanding First Creative Published Work
1.      Shards                         written by        Cynthia Marangwanda Published by Ko.Maseko Publishers
2.      Revai                           written by        Ropofadzo Mupunga Published by Zimbabwe Women Writers
3.      A Struggle Alike         written by        Debra Vakira Published by Zimbabwe Women Writers
Outstanding Children’s Book
1.      Little Hare Stories – Big Trouble at the River           written by        Enock Chihombori Published by Xlibris
2.      Mombe Yamai                                                            written by        Chenjerai Mazambani Published by Bhabhu Books
3.      Around the Fire – Folktales from Zimbabwe           edited by         Raisedon Baya and Christopher Mlalazi Published by  Multimedia Box

Outstanding Fiction Book
1.      Mukoma’s Marriage and Other Stories                    written by        Emmanuel Sigauke Published by Booklove Publishers
2.      Bhuku Risina Basa Nokuti Rakanyorwa Masikati written by         Memory Chirere Published By Bhabhu Books
3.      Writing Lives                                                              edited by         Irene Staunton Published by Weaver Presss 

Outstanding Journalist Print
1.      Sharon Muguwu                     -          Daily News
2.      Tinashe Muchuri                   -           Parade
3.      Garikai Mazara                      -           Sunday Mail
Outstanding Journalist TV
1.      Josephine Mugiyo                  -           ZBC
2.      Sifiso Mpofu                           -           ZBC

Outstanding Journalist Radio
1.      Tawanda Gudhlanga             -           SFM
2.      Tendai Chakanyuka              -           Power FM
3.      Jackson Madzimba                -           SFM

Outstanding Online Media
1.      3 Men On a Boat
2.      Writers International Network (WIN)Zimbabwe
3.      Panorama

Outstanding Female musician
1.      Cindy Munyavi
2.      Cynthia Mare
3.      Agatha Murudzwa                                     
Outstanding Male musician
1.      Obey Makamure                    aka       Tocky Vibes
2.      Antonio Romeo                      aka       Shinsoman
3.      Sulumani Chimbetu               aka       Sulu   
Outstanding Song
1.      Mhai                           from    Mhai                                        by        Tocky Vibes
2.      Kumbumura Mhute   from    Kumbumura Mhute                 by         Jah Prayzah
3.      Popopopo                   from    Tirikumhanya                          by        Killer T
Outstanding Album
1.      Gunship                                  by        Sulumani Chimbetu  
2.      Kumbumura Mhute               by        Jah Prayzah
3.      Mhai Singles Collection         by        Tocky Vibes 

Outstanding Comedian
1.      Mike Matimba            aka                   Uncle Ritchie 
2.      Victor Mpofu              aka                   Doc Vikela
3.      Clive Chigubhu                     

Outstanding Poet
1.      Tatenda “Dhege” Chinoda
2.      Likhwa Ncube
3.      Sithandazile Dube

Outstanding Actress
1.      Rumbidzai Karize                   in         The Convert
2.      Bathabile Dlamini                 in         Umbiko KaMadlenya
3.      Lawayne Muzite                     in         Connections
Outstanding Actor
1.      Tichaona Mutore                  in         Maids
2.      Jasen Mphepho                    in         1000 Miles
3.      Memory Kumbota                 in         Umbiko KaMadlenya
Outstanding Director
1.      Nelson Mapako                      for                   Umbiko KaMadlenya                        
2.      Ali-Jarmil  Mutodzaniswa      for                   Connections                           
Outstanding Theatrical Production
1.      The Convert                            by                    Almasi Collaborative Arts
2.      Umbiko KaMadlenya             by                    Intwasa Arts Festival koBulawayo
3.      Connections                            by                    Pamushana High School

Outstanding 2 Dimensional Work
1.   Undressing to Redress             by        Wallen Mapondera
2.   Farming and Production        by        Webster Mubayirenyi
3.   Song from Within                    by        Boarding Dzinotizei
Outstanding 3 Dimensional Work
1.      Mwana Wedangwe                 by        Rufaro Murenza
2.   Contemporary Scourge           by        Forbes Mushipe
3.   Jacket of Love                          by        Israel Israel
Outstanding Mix Media
1.      The Challenged                                  by        Forbes Mushipe
2.      Different Roots, Same Destination    by        Ngonidzashe Tsiga
3.      Disappearing Faces                           by        Rizimu Chiwawa

Outstanding Exhibition
1.      Social Zoometry                                 by        Wallen Mapondera
2.      Women at the Top                              by        Doreen Sibanda and Thandazani Dhlakama
3.      Crossing the Bridge                            by        Clifford Zulu

Outstanding Promoter
1.      Butterwick Promotions
2.      X-MO Squad
3.      Formstate Investments

In a bid to enhance entries, NACZ appoints a team of both individual and institutional Monitors who keep an eye on excelling artists throughout the year. These monitors would submit reports to NACZ, which reports will be used by adjudicators together with the submitted entries. A panel of independent Adjudicators, guided by a set selection criteria, is appointed to preside over all the submissions. Nominees and winners are then selected for each award category. For the 14th Edition of NAMA, 606 entries were submitted, from which the above nominees were selected from.
Monitors are appointed on the basis of their knowledge of specific arts disciplines and that they are in constant touch with arts products from the genre of their expertise. Their role is to see to it that deserving and excelling work is consideration by the adjudicators.

After the closing date (30th November of each year) NACZ then appoints independent team of adjudicators who assess all entries. The general observation by adjudicators is the quality of submissions that did not portray the actual levels of artistic excellence and innovation. It could have been that the artists faced challenges of resources enabling them to submit adequately packaged entries. NACZ cannot over emphasise the importance of adhering to submission requirements. It is the onus of the entrant to ensure that adequate, high quality support material is submitted for the awards selection, so as not to undermine the process.

The nine categories of awards are
·         Dance
·         Film and Television
·         Literary Arts
·         Media
·         Music
·         Promoter
·         Spoken Word
·         Theatre
·         Visual Arts

Special awards
·         Arts Service Award
·         Arts Personality Award
·         People’s Choice Awards

This year NAMA will have an additional special award; The Lifetime Achievement Award.

NACZ therefore would like to thank all those that entered for the 14th Edition of NAMA for making it a success. It is the participation of the artists and stakeholders that make NAMA and indeed the whole arts activities a success.

NACZ launched the inaugural National Arts Merit Awards in 2002. NAMA is the forum where NACZ recognizes outstanding achievements within the arts sector. By rewarding excelling artists, NAMA stimulates more interest in the arts and raises the profile of the same. The awards are a means of encouraging creativity and excellence in the quality of the arts, making Zimbabwe a force to reckon with on the region and international arena.
In addition, the awards aim to inspire artists to strive for higher and original forms of creativity and provide an opportunity for arts disciplines to jointly market and publicize the arts locally, regionally and internationally.

Cathrine Mthombeni

Communications and Marketing Officer