The Herald (Harare)

28 February 2013

Zimbabwe: Nox Cries Foul Over Nama Awards

As usual, some of those who did not win a Nama award are complaining rather than simply accepting the decision of the judges.

Losing Nama nominee Nox Guni was vocal over Suluman Chimbetu's album, "Syllabus", which was voted Album of the Year. Sulu's album was released two weeks before Nama entries submission deadline and was voted Album of the Year. It met the rules and the selection criteria.

"How can an album that is barely three months be crowned Album of the Year? It's not that I am hurting but I just need clarification. Why is it that there was no urban groove artiste who won the award? Is it that we are not good?" Nox posted on his Facebook account.

However, NACZ deputy director Nocholas Moyo said in choosing the outstanding album, the adjudicators were looking for "use of musical instruments, voice innovativeness, originality repertoire and entertainment value."

Music awards do raise complaints from musicians who find the judges do not think they are as good as someone else or who find more listeners prefer someone else.

Early this year, Jah Prayzah dominated Radio Zimbabwe's end of year music awards. But although he got the most votes some were aggrieved, especially as he won more than once. Hosiah Chipanga said Radio Zimbabwe Coca-Cola Top 50 did not accurately reflect musicians' true popularity after Jah Prayzah dominated the music chart show.

The social commentator was the second musician after Energy Mutodi of Mutodi Express to denounce the Top 50 where Jah Prayzah's hit "Chirangano" was on pole position while "Gochi Gochi" was second.

"I am sorry to say this, but the Top 50 was wrong considering that a national radio as big as Radio Zimbabwe with a thousand singers gives three spots to one artiste. It is a pity. Even Jesus is not just one, but it's Him, the Father and the Holy Spirit. I am not jealous of Mutodi or Jah Prayzah, but I think they were both victims of unfairness," said Chipanga.

ZBC public relations manager Sivukile Simango said their music chart shows were determined by people's votes.

"We are democratic radio stations, people vote for what they want and we cannot ignore their votes," he said.

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