The winners will be unveiled at the annual arts industry awards ceremony to be held on 16 February, at Bulawayo’s Large City Hall.
Nama Board Member and Chairperson of the Adjudication Panel, Dudu Manhenga said the selection process was a challenging task for the adjudicators, who described entries as highly competitive.
“Selecting the nominees for the 12th Nama was a worthy and exciting process. The adjudicators have done a commendable job in going through all the entries and the works they have selected are the ones they considered for recognition in their particular fields,” she said.
Manhenga said like the previous years Nacz appointed arts monitors who keep trail of happenings in the different arts and culture sectors. There are also provincial and institutional monitors to help widen the selection net for Nama.
Manhenga said production houses played a critical role in submitting entries of works done in the last year.
This year, Nama features new categories, whilst some of the existing categories have been expanded. In this vein, 35 people will receive the Nama accolade consisting the coveted trophy and certificate.
The chairperson hailed the artists who submitted their work, pointing out that Nama is a springboard for national and international acknowledgment for upcoming artists, as well as cementing the profiles of established practitioners.
“The awards inspire Zimbabwean artists to strive for higher and original forms of achievement, as well as providing an opportunity for art disciplines to jointly market and publicise the arts locally, regionally and internationally,” said Manhenga.
These awards honour Zimbabwean artists drawn from all artistic disciplines on an annual basis in recognition of outstanding achievement in the arts and culture sector.
“By recognising individuals and groups, the Nacz hopes to give Zimbabwean artists the inspiration and drive to scale for higher levels of excellence,” she said.
Nacz is inviting members of the public to select an artist or art product of their own choice based on the nominees released.
This is done through sending an sms from an Econet number, prefixed by the word Nama to 15626.
Nama is finalising arrangement with other networks in order to afford all cellular subscribers an opportunity to vote.
The People’s Choice Award will also be awarded to the winning artist during the awards night.
The 12th Nama Nominees are as follows;
Outstanding Dance group
Outstanding Female Dancer
Melany Caruthers— Titanium
Loveness Mambakwa—Bembera Arts Ensemble
Siphephiso Magonya– IYASA
Outstanding Male Dancer
Peter Lenso–Mi Works
Alfonis Ndlovu —Abatsha
Brian Geza—National Ballet
Teddy Mangava in Diamonds in His Son’s Grave—by Rooftop
Charles Matare in Wusiku—by Rooftop
Zenzo Nyathi in Stitsha by Amakhosi
Rumbidzai Karize in When Angels Weep
Caroline Mashingaidze in Ten Bush
Nothando Nobengula in Wusiku and Ten Bush
Outstanding Theatrical production
Eclipsed — Reps Theatre
Wusiku — Rooftop Promotions
When Angels Weep—MNK Production
Zane Lucas for Eclipsed— Reps Theatre
Eunice Tava for Diamond’s in His Son’s Grave— Rooftop
Styx Mhlanga for The Burrow —Amakhosi Theatre Productions
Outstanding Mix Media Work
Humming Bird by Johnson Zuze
Melodies from the Mermaid by Forbes Mushipe
Ecosystem by Richard Mpumha
Outstanding 2 Dimensional Work
Cloud Nine byTaurai Dhliwayo
Ceremonial Dancers by Itai Njangu
Morning Light by David Chinyama
Outstanding 3 Dimensional Work
Unto Us a Child Is Born by Israel Israel
Family in Mind by Raphael Machinjili
Never Ending by Washington Matafi
“Spirit of Friendship” by National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo
“The Cycle” by Davina Jovi
“Inhlama” by Nonhlanhla Mathe
Carl Joshua Ncube
Outstanding Female Musician
Outstanding Male Musician
Donald Chirisa aka Sniper
Enock Guni aka Knox
Sulumani Chimbetu aka Sulu
Gochi Gochi by Mukudzei Mukombe aka Jah Prayzah
Love YeMusoja by Donald Chirisa aka Sniper Storm
Ndinonyara by Enock Guni aka Knox
Love YeMusoja—Donald Chirisa
Shongwe— Blessing Shumba
Syllabus —Sulumani Chimbetu
FILM AND TELEVISION
James Mariseni “Jingo” in The Kiss
Lloyd Kurima in Bag Rabvaruka
Cyril Sadat Sanhewe in Kiriboni The Menace
Qeqeshiwe Mntambo in Suku
Sarah Mpofu inTshuz Mazikhethela and in Reunite
Locadia Matenga inDelete
Outstanding Music Video
Ruvimbo by energy Mutodi
Amai Bhoyi by Jutal
Mativenga by Roki
Outstanding Screen Production (Television)
Delete by Shupai Kamunyaru
One family Can by Animators In Action
Tshuz Mazikhethela by ZBC Production
Outstanding Screen Production (Full Length film)
The Kiss by Cyril Sadat Sanhewe
Suku by Gugulethu Ndlovu
Simbimbino by Von Tavaziva
Outstanding Screen Production (Short Film)
Inhlanhla by Fortune Tazvivinga
Ivevane by Black Toe Productions
Mind games by Charles Mawungwa
Outstanding fiction Book
Taking The Lead by Sibongile Mnkandla
Chioniso And Other Stories by Shimmer Chinodya
The Incubus by Samachai Kawengo
Outstanding Children’s book
Panic On Fun Day by Farai Nyandoro
My Daughter by Albert Nyathi
Meri Nebhutsu Tsvuku by Ignatius Mabasa
Outstanding First creative Published Work
From Where The Wind Blows by Oliver Nyambi and Tendai Mangena )
Once A Lover Always A Fool—Philani Amadeus Nyoni
Outstanding Journalist (Print)
Outstanding Journalist (Television)
Outstanding Online Media
The Writers International Network
Three Men On A Boat
Outstanding Journalist (Radio)
Outstanding Promoter of the Year
C & A Entertainment
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