6 February 2013

Zimbabwe: Sulu Battles Blessing Shumba and Sniper for Album of the Year

Photo: FungaiFoto/Zimbojam
Jasen Mphepho accepts his second award at the NAMA 2012 ceremony

The much anticipated 12th edition of the National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA) nominees are finally out and all is set for the award ceremony slated to take place on the 16th of this month at large city hall

in Bulawayo.This year's NAMA nominations list is loaded with surprises as featured new categories while the existing ones have been expanded.

Meanwhile NAMA is inviting members of the public to select an artist or art product of their own choice based on the nominees released today. This is done through sending an sms from an Econet number, prefixed by the word NAMA to 15626.

NAMA is finalizing 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 on the awards night at the Large City Hall on 16th February 2013.

The 12th NAMA Nominees are as follows;


Outstanding Dance group



National Ballet

Outstanding Female Dancer

Melany Caruthers - Titanium

Loveness Mambakwa - Bembera Arts Ensemble

Siphephiso Magonya - IYASA

Outstanding Male Dancer

Peter Lenso - Mi Works

Arthur Ndlovu - Magesh

David Machowa - Apama

Outstanding Choreographer

Tinashe - Magesh

Alfonis Ndlovu - Abatsha

Brian Geza - National Ballet


Outstanding Actor

Teddy Mangava in Diamonds in His Son's Grave by Rooftop

Charles Matare in Wusiku by Rooftop

Zenzo Nyathi in Stitsha by Amakhosi

Outstanding Actress

Rumbidzai Karize in When Angels Weep

Caroline Mashingaidze in Ten Bush

Nothando Nobengula in Wusiku and Ten Bush

Outstanding Theatrical production

Eclipsed by Reps Theatre

Wusiku by Rooftop Promotions

When Angels Weep by MNK Production

Outstanding Director

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 by Taurai 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

Outstanding Exhibition

Spirit of Friendship by National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo

The Cycle by Davina Jovi

Inhlama by Nonhlanhla Mathe


Outstanding Comedian

Clive Chigubhu

Carl Joshua Ncube

Ntandoyenkosi Moyo

Outstanding Poet

Tatenda Chinoda

Sithandazile Dube

Isaac Lambada


Outstanding Female Musician

Plaxedes Wenyika

Hope Masike

Cindy Munyavi

Outstanding Male Musician

Donald Chirisa aka Sniper

Enock Guni aka Knox

Sulumani Chimbetu aka Sulu

Outstanding Song

Gochi Gochi by Mukudzei Mukombe aka Jah Prayzah

Love YeMusoja by Donald Chirisa aka Sniper Storm

Ndinonyara by Enock Guni aka Knox

Outstanding Album

Love YeMusoja - Donald Chirisa

Shongwe - Blessing Shumba

Syllabus - Sulumani Chimbetu


Outstanding Actor

James Mariseni "Jingo" in The Kiss

Lloyd Kurima in Bag Rabvaruka

Cyril Sadat Sanhewe in Kiriboni The Menace

Outstanding Actress

Qeqeshiwe Mntambo in Suku

Sara Mpofu in Tshuz Mazikhethela & in Reunite

Locadia Matenga in Delete

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 (Eds.)

Once A Lover Always A Fool by Philani Amadeus Nyoni


Outstanding Journalist (Print)

Margaret Chinowaita

Raisedon Baya

Mthandazo Dube

Outstanding Journalist (Television)

Sifiso Mpofu

Terrence Mapurisana

Leonard Mabvara

Outstanding Online Media

The Writers International Network

Three Men On A Boat


Outstanding Journalist (Radio)

No nominees


Outstanding Promoter of the Year

C & A Entertainment

Brumat t/a Horizon Bar and Restaurant

Chipaz Promotions

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