Zimbabwe Music Awards 2020: All the nominees

Entries for the country’s prestigious awards were opened to artists on November 11 last year and closed on December 31. Thereafter, adjudicators began shortlisting nominees that they will reveal today.

Benjamin Nyandoro, Zima public relations officer said over 1 000 entries were submitted with adjudicators having a torrid time shortlisting the entries.

He said:

“We had over 1 000 submissions and the judges had a tough time shortlisting as each category will have a maximum of five artists/songs from a selection of over 20 from selected categories.”

He said there are 32 categories with the most contested being Song of the year.

“The category of interest is Song of the year which we’ve partnered with a mobile company to provide us with a separate voting platform. This, however, doesn’t mean other categories weren’t highly competitive as adjudicators generally had a tough time coming up with nominees,” Nyandoro said.

Interestingly, only Song of the year will be determined by the public as all other categories will have the winners decided by the judges.

Preparations for the awards ceremony, Nyandoro said were going on well with a cement company, PPC Zimbabwe being their main sponsor. The awards are set to be held at the Country Club in Newlands, Harare next Saturday.

HERE ARE THE ZIMA 2020 AWARDS NOMINEES

BEST FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

1.Tammy Moyo
2. Shasha
3. Ammara Brown
4. Gemma Griffiths
5. Janet Manyowa

BEST MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

1. Takura
2. Asaph
3. T Gonzi
4. Ishan
5. Freeman

BEST GROUP/ DUO OF THE YEAR

1 Firm Faith
2 Vabati Vajehova
3 Sinazo
4 Fusion

BEST NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR

1 Joyfull Praise Choir (JPC)
2 Mambo Dhuterere
3 Ishan
4 Garry Mapanzure

BEST ALBUM OF THE YEAR

1 Franceesca by King98
2 Mutare by Shasha
3 Ramba Wakadzvanya by
4 Gango by Freeman
Baba Harare

A. GENRE AWARDS

Zimdancehall

1 Ndunge Yut
2 Enzo lshall
3 Freeman
4 Nutty O
5 Bazooka

SUNGURA

1 Mukoma Panga
2 Peter Moyo
3 Nicholas Zakaria &Khiama Boys
4 Greatman

HIP HOP

1 T Gonzi
2 King 98
3 Takura
4 Asaph
5 Cal_vin

Afro Pop

1 Ammara Brown
2 Rocki
3 Ishan
4 Tammy Moyo

Contemporary Gospel

1 Minister Michael Mahendere
2 Janet Manyowa
3 Joyfull Praise Choir(JPC)
4 Sharon Manyika

Traditional Gospel

1 Mathias Mhere
2 Rev TT Chivaviro
3 Joyfull Praise Choir(JPC)
4 Mambo Dhuterere

RNB & SOUL

Gemma Griffiths
Brian Nhira
Nyasha David
Berita

JAZZ

1 Diana Samkange
2 Willis waTaffy
3 Vuyo Brown
4 Sylent Nqo

Dance (House/Gqom/Kwaito/EDM)

1 Novuyo Seagirl
2 Reverb 7
3 Huby Blakes
4 DJ Stavo

TSHIBILIKA

1 Ndux Jnr
2 Madlela Skhobokhobo
3 Bolomba
4 Clement Magwaza

Traditional Folk (Chinyakare/Chimurenga)

1 Braveman Chizvino
2 Greatman
3 Andy Muridzo
4 Agga Nyabinde

Traditional Folk (Ezomdabu/Imbube)

1 Indosakusa
2 Sotja Moyo
3 Charles Mahlaba
4 Ukukhanya Kwezwe

BEST ALTERNATIVE

1 Sylent Nqo
2 Vimbai Zimuto
3 Dj Chrxn
4 Huby Blakes

SPECIAL AWARDS

ZIM ICON – RETRO FEMALE

1. Chiwoniso Maraire 2. Busi Ncube
3. Stella Chiweshe
4. Susan Mapfumo

ZIM ICON – RETRO MALE

1. Simon Chimbetu
2. Lovemore Majaivana
3. Leonard Dembo
4. Tongai Moyo

BEST INTERNATIONAL ZIM ARTIST

1 Brian Nhira
2 Queen Vee
3 Shasha
4 Buffalo Soldier

BEST COLLABORATION

1 Ngaibake by Freeman x Alick Macheso
2 Mugarden by Winky D x Gemma
3 Kure by Ishan x Ti Gonzi
4 You are more by Janet Manyowa x Nqubeko Mbata

BEST DJ

1 Judgement Yard
2 DJ Stavo
3 Gospel DJ Unlocked
4 Reverb 7

BEST PROMOTER

1 Brai Out Zw
2 2Kings Entertainment
3 Pablos
4 Impala Car Rental

BEST CORPORATE SPONSORS

1. Econet Wireless
2. Delta Corporation
3. Impala Car Rental
4. United Refineries (Roil)

TECHNICAL AWARDS

BEST MUSIC VIDEO

1 Ndimi by Janet Manyowa
2 Ngaibake by Freeman x Alick Macheso
3 Zvemoyo by Takura
4 Vavengi by Queen Vee

VIDEOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

1 Umsebenzi Ka Blaqs
2 Andy Cutter
3 Simdoc Films
4 Naxo Films

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

1 Reverb 7
2 Jamal
3 Oskid
4 Rodney Beats

ENGINEER OF THE YEAR

1 Rodney Beats
2 Tammy Bhima
3 GT Beats
4 Msizkay

PUBLIC VOTE CATERGORY

SONG OF THE YEAR

1. Kure by Ishan x Ti Gonzi
2. Murgaden by Winky D x Gemma Griffiths
3. Ngaibake by Freeman x Alick Macheso
4. Reurura by Seh Calaz x Mambo Duterere
5. Sadza neMuriwo by Jah Prayzah

Niasha Mawere

Niasha Mawere

Niasha Elijah Mawere is popularly known as Niasha is a DJ, recording executive, songwriter, record producer, author, editor, artist and record label president. Born in Tshabalala, a high-density suburb in Zimbabwe's second-largest city, Bulawayo. After moving from Zimbabwe in 2012, he now resides in South Africa.

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