Bongani Ndlovu Showbiz Correspondent
BULAWAYO socialites Mbo Mahocs and Gilmore Tee are heading for Harare where they will be guest presenters and Fashion Police at the Zimbabwe Music Awards (Zima) which return after seven years on Friday evening.The two will join Harare-based presenters, Star FM’s DJ Napster, ZiFM’s Ruvheneko Parirenyatwa and Tich Mataz. South African Idols judge, Randall Abrahams is also billed to present one of the awards.
The awards which return after a seven-year absence will be held at the Harare International Conference Centre. Audius Mutawarira, Soul Jah Love, Jah Prayzah, Djembe Monks, MMT, Tehn Diamond and Afrika Revenge are billed to perform.
But before the awards ceremony kicks off, the two socialites will rock the red carpet where they will be critiquing local celebrities’ dressing.
Gilmore Tee (real name Gilmore Moyo), who was nominated as the style icon of the year at the Zimbabwe Fashion Week said he was well prepared for the awards ceremony.
“I am excited to be presenting at the Zimas and I can’t wait to share the stage with Mbo Mahocs, Tich Mataz, Ruvheneko and DJ Napster,” he said.
The fashion icon said he would be dressed by Rebelious Klothing with accessories from The Ndau Collection.
An excited Mbo Mahocs (real name Mbonisi Mahonondo) said the awards would be a platform for local designers to showcase their outfits.
“I have not figured what to wear but I want to be dressed by a designer that hasn’t received much exposure. This will be a platform to showcase their craft, especially on the red carpet,” she said.
The fashionista said it was good that the awards ceremony were back as they can be used as a stepping stone for local music to be played on foreign music channels such as Trace, Channel O and MTv Base.
Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa’s United Family International Church Choir dominates this year’s edition with five nominations.
Following them is Jah Prayzah who was nominated in four categories, Best Traditional Music, Album of the Year, Best Male and Best Collaboration. One of the top Zimbabwe dancehall artistes, Soul Jah Love was nominated for three categories, Best Dancehall, Best Male and Album of the Year.
Representing Bulawayo are, Djembe Monks, Khuxxman, Skaiva and Defined House who were all nominated in the Best House category.
Music video producer, Andy Cutta was nominated twice for music videos he produced for Alaina and Blackchild while Black Umfolosi were nominated in the Best Acapella category.
From Matabeleland North are Victoria Falls-based afro-jazz group, Mokoomba who were nominated in the Best Traditional Music category.