ZIMBABWE – Jamaican reggae singer, Bob Marley who supported Zimbabwe’s struggle for independence and performed at the first Independence Day in 1980 will be posthumously honoured at the forthcoming Zimbabwe Music Awards.
With songs such as Zimbabwe and Africa Unite, the icon who died of cancer in 1981 will be accorded a Lifetime Achievement Award.
“We sought to honour the role of Bob Marley, 36 years after he graced our first Independence Day and flag raising ceremony in 1980.
“We’re honouring him for giving us the de-facto anthem, proudly entitled Zimbabwe, and for leading the reggae music revolution in our free nation which has influenced important music types such as our own Zimdancehall phenomenon,” Zima chairman, Joseph Nyadzayo said yesterday.
Nyadzayo said the Zima awards which were meant to be held last month had to be postponed to next year after Marley’s family said they would only be available to receive the award then.
“Marley’s family expressed interest in receiving the award at the event and for reasons of aligning our dates with their busy schedule, we perched on a January and February 2016 clear space on their itinerary. It’s between these two months that we’ll iron out the dates.”
“As the Marley family come to Zimbabwe, we hope to recreate some of the excitement that we felt 36 years ago when our nation was born. The delay may have kept many anxious. But it is a delay that we endured for a worthy benefit of reuniting with the spirit of Bob Marley.”
Also being honoured at the 2015 Zima edition is South Africa-based dancehall musician, Buffalo Souljah. The artiste who had been on record yearning for recognition will finally be rewarded with an International Achiever award. Buffalo has continuously put Zimbabwe on the world map, scooping over five Channel O Music awards.
Locally, eight Bulawayo artistes and producers – Cal_Vin, TKP, MZoe 7, Defined House, KLAP, Skaiva, Nomathamsanqa “Nkwali” Mkhwananzi, and Andy Cutta are in the running for various awards with most of them competing in the House music category. Competing in that category are TKP – Mhururu, DJ Skaiva – It’s Love, Squash – Ngikulindile, Defined House – Achimwemwe and J Dot – You Can’t Say So.
In the hip hop category Cal_Vin will be pitted against Trey XL, female rapper Trae Young, I Kat and hip hop stable KLAP.
Contemporary musician Jah Prayzah has the most nominations as he is up for Best Male Artiste, Best Collaboration with Ammara Brown for track Kure Kure, Best Traditional Album and Album of the year for Jerusarema.
Music video producer Andy Cutta has three nominations for Best Music Video for hit song Alleluya by Roki and XQ, Ndomira Pamuri by Janet Manyowa and I don’t Care When I’m in Love by Candy Main ft Clare. He will be pitted against Joe Njagu for Selmor Mtukudzi’s Zvidikidiki music video.
There will likely be a fierce battle for supremacy in the Best Dancehall Music category with Killer T’s Ngoma Ndoimba, Tocky Vibes’ Toti Toti, Winky D’s Awuya Awuya, SoulJah Love’s 2015 Collection and Seh Calaz’s Bandit Rebirth vying for honours.
Nominated in Best Male Artiste category are Killer T, Jah Prayzah, Pastor Mahendere, Trevor Dongo and Sulumani Chimbetu
Other nominated artistes include Sulumani Chimbetu, Cynthia Mare, Trevor Dongo, Janet Manyowa, Vabati Vevhangeri, Sebastian Magacha, Takesure Zama, Nesto, Sani Makhalima and Cindy Munyavi.
Though a date has not been set for the awards ceremony, organisers yesterday assured music followers that the event would be held early next year.
Nyadzayo said Zima had been growing steadily and remarkably over the years, becoming an event most people look forward to.
He said it was sad to be honouring Marley in his absence, something which they hope to change by honouring those who will have done well while they are still alive. Last year, Zima honoured Cde Chinx.
“We’re sad that we have to honour him posthumously. But we’re starting a debate as Zima. Should we honour and thank our heroes when they’re not with us anymore we ask?”
And the nominees are:
Best male artist
Killer T Ngoma ndoimba
Jah Prayzah Jerusarema
Pastor Mahendere Makanaka Jesu
Trevor Dongo Two steps to go
Sulumani chimbetu Gunship
Best female artist
Varaidzo Mutongi wemoyo
Cynthia Mare Moto ngaubvire
Janet Manyowa Glory to glory
Cindy munyavi Music vocals
Amara Brown Armaratia
Zebedee Gurajena Mafaro chete
Janet Manyowa Glory to glory
Alethea Beating for you
Lifetime Achievement Award