Mai Patai explains Nama win..‘Social media followers don’t translate into votes’

Mai Patai explains Nama win..‘Social media followers don’t translate into votes’ 1

By Kudzai Chikiwa When Mai Patai, a gospel musician from Gweru, was announced as the National Arts Merit Awards (Nama) People’s Choice winner last weekend, many quizzed how an artiste, whose brand and music was not known by many, had won. Mai Patai Research, however, has shown that Mai Patai (real name Respina Patai), an almost forgotten musician who this year became the first woman to make it into the Coca-Cola Radio Zimbabwe Top 50 top three, was making strides in the music industry with her Punish the Devil album.…

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Nama nominee sold cattle to fund play

Nama nominee sold cattle to fund play 2

By Bongani Ndlovu Veteran playwright Thulani Mbambo says he sold his cattle to fund his play The Hostel that has landed him a National Art Merit Awards (Nama) nomination. Thulani Mbambo Mbambo is nominated in the Outstanding Theatre Director category with one of the play’s actresses, Qeqeshiwe Mntambo nominated in the Outstanding Actress category. Mbambo is nominated with Lloyd Nyikadzino for the Zandezi production and Everson Ndlovu for Deep Down Inside. Funding for the play that premiered at the Intwasa Arts Festival koBulawayo last year, Mbambo said, was partly drawn…

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NAMA deferred to next month

NAMA deferred to next month 3

The 18th edition of the National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA), which was scheduled for Saturday, has been postponed to next month. Organisers of the awards said they saw it fit to have a new date since the country is still smarting from the effects of Cyclone Idai that killed over 100 people and destroyed infrastructure in Manicaland Province. The awards, which are a forum of rewarding and acknowledging artists who have excelled in their respective genres, will now be held on April 13 at the Harare International Conference Centre (HICC).…

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Award shows should pay us: Magwaza

Award shows should pay us: Magwaza 4

By Tonderai Zvimba Contemporary rhumba/tshibilika musician Clement Magwaza, has urged organisers of award ceremonies to give winning artistes reasonable amounts of money. Clement Magwaza (Picture by The Voice Botswana) The Kokotsha Makokotsha hit-maker whose song Khal’uphethe is nominated for outstanding song at the National Arts Merit Awards (Nama) said: “I appreciate the effort that is made by the award ceremonies to recognise and uplift artistes for their work, but it’s always sad to receive an award and get a miniscule amount, and sometimes nothing.” Magwaza who clinched the Best Tshibilika…

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ZAA International launches Canada Edition  

ZAA International launches Canada Edition   5

Zimbabwe Achievers Awards (ZAA) International has announced the forthcoming launch of ZAA Canada. The North American country is the fifth nation to join the growing franchise first established in 2010. ZAA chairman Conrad Mwanza (Picture by Felix Moyo Photography) The inaugural awards ceremony is scheduled for Saturday 29THJune 2019 at the Radisson Hotel in Edmonton. Nominations are now open to the public and will close on the 31 March 2019. The panel of judges will then begin the rigorous vetting process to come up with the first group of nominees.…

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WorldRemit celebrates Zimbabwean talent through renewed partnership with Zimbabwe Achievers Awards

WorldRemit celebrates Zimbabwean talent through renewed partnership with Zimbabwe Achievers Awards 6

By Tidi Kwidini Zimbabwe Achievers Awards (ZAA) has renewed its partnership with WorldRemit for its 2019 South Africa edition. Pardon Mujakachi and Andrew Stewart of WorldRemit at the 2018 Zim Achievers Gala in South Africa. (Picture by Felix Moyo) WorldRemit will join ZAA in recognising the diverse achievements of Zimbabweans following the recent launch of its digital money transfer service from South Africa to around 150 countries worldwide, including Zimbabwe. To celebrate the partnership, WorldRemit is also offering new customers sending from South Africa zero fees on their first transfer…

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2019 NAMAs postponed

2019 NAMAs postponed 7

The National Arts Merit Awards (NAMAs) have been moved to March 23 from February 16 for logistical reasons. Ammara Brown seen here at the NAMA awards in 2018 This year the theme for Zimbabwe’s premier arts awards event is “African Royalty” and the ceremony will be held at the traditional venue, Harare International Conference Centre. National Arts Council of Zimbabwe acting communications and marketing manager Cathrine Mthombeni said despite the change of dates, preparations were still on course. “The preparations for the 18th Edition of the National Arts Merit Awards…

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End of year message from ZAA chairman

End of year message from ZAA chairman 8

By Conrad Mwanza It has been quite a year for Zimbabwe Achievers Awards International, but it would not have been possible, if it were not for our partners, patrons and supporters. Conrad Mwanza the founder and Executive Chairman of the Zimbabwe Achievers Awards (ZAA) We hosted four awards shows in four different countries, which is an in incredible feat, and we are just about to expand to the fifth. The brand has gone through a transformation since its inception in 2010, beginning in the United Kingdom. As this edition (UK)…

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Zim executive shines in Australia

Zim executive shines in Australia 9

By Mtandazo Dube Susan Vivian Mutami, a Zimbabwean based in Australia, was last week honoured at the prestigious Australian CEO Magazine Executive of the Year Awards in Sydney for her contribution to that country’s healthcare system. Susan Vivian Mutami, a Zimbabwean based in Australia, was last week honoured at the prestigious Australian CEO Magazine Executive of the Year Awards in Sydney for her contribution to that country’s healthcare system. One of the most hotly contested accolades for Australia’s leading executives, the awards do not celebrate a company’s success, but rather…

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Zim Achievers Australia announce 2018 contenders

Zim Achievers Australia announce 2018 contenders 10

By Tidi Kwidini As Zimbabwe Achievers International’s global awards campaign draws to an end for 2018, the Australian edition has entered the final phase, announcing over 75 nominees for this year’s awards ceremony. Organisers announced earlier in the campaign that Mandisa Mlisa will host this year’s gala Sponsored by WorldRemit, the London based Fintech Company, has been part of all four chapters this year. ZAA International Chairman, Conrad Mwanza applauded all the organisers in each country for a successful year, adding that Zim Achievers could only get bigger, better and…

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