13 November 2005

Zimbabwe: Uhuru Songs Vie for Zima Awards

Harare — THE Zimbabwe Music Awards (Zima) yesterday announced the nominees for the Zimbabwe Music Silver Jubilee Awards. The announcement was made by the Zimbabwe Silver Jubilee board.

The awards seek to reward those who contributed to the growth of music from 1980 to the present, as well as help recognise music that helped win the liberation struggle. The awards were divided into four categories: most inspirational songs of the liberation, most outstanding contribution to the music industry, duets and cadres who manned radio stations.

In a statement released yesterday, the board said it relied on literature by Zimbabweans on local music, especially work by Professor Alec Pongweni (Songs That Won The Liberation War), Joyce Jenje-Makwenda's Zimbabwean Township Jazz, and Professor Fred Zindi's Roots Rocking in Zimbabwe and Pop Music Workbook. The board also relied on oral interviews as well as contributions to radio stations by listeners.

The most inspirational songs of the liberation war are sub-divided into two, the internal songs and the external songs.

Gypsy Caravan, The Cool Crooners, Eye of Liberty and Wells Fargo received special mention for songs sung in English, which appealed to the young in the urban setting. Their songs were deemed to have innuendoes, which carried revolutionary messages. The external songs category is dominated by the Zanla Choir.

The most outstanding contribution to the music industry, over the past 25 years, is also divided into female and male categories. Whereas the male category is dominated by musicians whose impression on the music scene has been indelible, the female category has more than its fair share of women promoters, notably Barbara Chikosi and Nancy Manyaya, of Red Rose Entertainment and Presdom Promotions respectively.

The board makes an honourable mention of Ms Joyce Jenje-Makwenda, who they felt deserves a prize but cannot receive as she sits on the adjudication board. The board also includes Dr Gibson Mandishona (chairman), Mr Pathisa Nyathi, Mr Chris Timbe, Mr Thomas Deve and Professor Alec Pongweni.

The nominees will be trimmed to four in each category while the winners will be announced during the awards ceremony on December 2.

The full list of nominees is as follows:

Most Inspirational Songs of the Liberation War

(a) Internal Songs: Auwe Mudhali (Freedom Sengwayo); Tumirai Vana Kuhondo (Thomas Mapfumo); Vanorara Musango (Oliver Mtukudzi); Ndipo Patigere Pano (Jordan Chataika); Siriviya Hande Kumagobo (Tinei Chikupo); Musango Mune Hangaiwa (Zexie Manatsa); Amai NaBaba Musandicheme (Detainees); Pfumo Rinobva Mudziva (Detainees).

(b) External Songs: Vanhu Vese Vemu Africa (Zanla Choir); Mukoma Takanyu (Zanla Choir); Yithilaba (Light Machine Gun, Zipra Choir); Vana Vakatiza Vapondi (LMG Choir); Maruza Imi (Zanla Choir, popularised by Cde Chinx); Mbuya Nehanda Kufa Vachitaura (Zanla Choir); Chimoto (Zanla Choir); Ubuhlungu Emoyeni (LMG Choir).

2. Most Outstanding Contribution to the Music Industry: Male - Freedom Sengwayo, Mechanic Manyeruke, Chris Matema, Lovemore Majaivana, Oliver Mtukudzi, Thomas Mapfumo, Tinei Chikupo, Clive Malunga, Professor Fred Zindi, Searchie Brothers, Tymon Mabaleka, Leonard Dembo, John Chibadura and Cool Crooners.

Female - Busi Ncube, Barbara Chikosi, Virginia Sillah, Stella Chiweshe, Nancy Manyaya, Susan Mapfumo, Debbie Metcalfe, Susan Chenjerai and Irene Gwaze.

3. Duets: Juba Family; Jordan and Ednah Chataika; Oliver Mtukudzi and Susan Mapfumo; Mataka Family; Oliver and Bybit Mtukudzi; Safirio Madzikatire and Susan Chenjerai; Safirio Madzikatire and Elizabeth Taderera (popularly known as Katarina)

4. Cadres Who Manned Radio Stations: Wilson Chivaura; Lazarus Mpofu; Jane Ngwenya; Oliver Chimenya; Paminus Nyamurova; John Mbedzi; Andrew Chikuse; Webster Shamu and Edward Moyo.

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