Mthabisi Tshuma, Showbiz Correspondent
THE second edition of the ZimStars Awards is expected to be held virtually next month with the country’s talented and fast-rising artistes and personalities set to be honoured.
This year’s nominees list is quite refreshing as it is filled with new faces, from musicians, actors, dancers, producers to online television stations. Not only does it have new names, it is balanced as outstanding artistes from all corners of the country have been included.
In the music category, notable among the nominees is high flying Jah Master, Asaph, Poptain, Allanah, Van Choga, Vuyo Brown, Tebza, Sikhosana, Mzoe 7 and Novuyo Seagirl. Up-and-coming hip-hop musician Boy Nino, who expressed his dismay after not getting a nomination at the Bulawayo Arts Awards, finally got the recognition he was yearning for as he is nominated in the Best Newcomer category as well as Outstanding Music Video.
Fast-growing online television stations ZTN, Onvi and Nash TV are also nominated.
The first edition of the ZimStars awards was held virtually in February this year with artistic work from 2019 being recognised.
Founded by Tinashe Mandlokuwa, a 19-year-old boy from Gweru who is studying film and television production at College of Creative Arts Africa, the awards seek to raise awareness countrywide about the importance of arts in the economy.
Mandlokuwa said the awards are aimed at uplifting the country’s artistes.
“ZimStars Arts Awards recognise achievements of outstanding Zimbabwean creatives and their work in the arts and culture industry. The awards serve to recognise passionate men and women who have diverse skills and talents in this field.
“The awards are mainly focused on uplifting the youth and creatives in Zimbabwe and in the diaspora, to show appreciation and support to the young creatives,” said Mandlokuwa.
He said the awards ceremony will be held in November on a date yet to be announced.
Voting has already begun and is expected to close on November 5.
Below is a list of the nominees:
Music and poetry category
Outstanding Album/ Body of Work:
Bryan K — Bibo Worldwide
Buffalo Souljah — Unity Album
Hillzy — Chisikana
Takura — Star Signs
Rymez — Pungwe Sessions
Song of The Year:
Jah Master — Hello Mwari
Anallah & Poptain — Fadza Mutengi
Asaph — Aspheli Moya
Nutty O — Safe
Holy Ten — Ndaremerwa
Outstanding Music Video
Mzoe 7 — Asambeni
Boy Nino ft Kyla Blac — Wave
Takura — Mufaro
Nox — My Melody
Valee Music & Charlie Kay — Sondela
Best Diaspora Artist
Best Music Producer
M-killer the gorilla
Best Music Video Director
Charles Mugamiri jr
Fadza Mutengi — Poptain ft Allanah
Ginde — Crooger ft Asaph and TiGonzi
Unonzani —Jah Master ft Anita Jackson
Bad Vibes — Crisswiss ft The Dot, Lee Mchoney
Sondela — Valee Music & Charlie Kay
Film and Television categories
Tinodaishe Chitima on Shaina The Movie
Everson K Chieza on Wadiwa Wepamoyo
Wilmah Munemera on Shaina The Movie
Tendaiishe Chitima on Cookoff
Tadiwa Kimberly Bopoto on Wadiwa Wepamoyo
Outstanding Film Director & Producer
Derby Beta (Director)
Zeauty Masvaure (Director)
Simbarashe Masango (Producer)
Joe Njagu (Director)
Outstanding Full Length Film
Shaina: Beauty Masvaure
Gonarezhou: Sydney Taivavashe
Chinhoyi 7: Moses Matanda
Cook Off: Tomas Brickhill
Outstanding Short Film
Amanxeba (Scars) — Tinashe Gijima
Things We Do For Love —College Central
Fatima — Igi Matope
Best TV Series — Indlalifa – J Sibanda
Wadiwa Wepamoyo — Derby Beta
Isipho Sami — Thembelihle Moyo
Pink and Purple — Onvi Tv
Art, Fashion and Kulcha categories
Best Female Model
Best Male Model
Chikomborero Tyrone Siwawa
Best Fashion Designer
PVO threads — Claybirds
Yahya Good Vibes
Simba Mudereri (Massive Mandebvu)
Outstanding Graphics Design
Life of Tiddy
Best Social Media based category
Outstanding Young Entrepreneurs
Ray Vines —Mukukuzvi
Kuda Manase — Four Promotion
Ric Chasers — Chasers Clothing
Tatenda Samukange — Skylake Borehole Drilling
Outstanding Comedian/ Viner
Ruvarashe Hapaguti Mamii
Outstanding Online Media Group
Best Online Broadcaster
Bus Stop TV
Outstanding Musician per genre category
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