There has been an outburst over Jah Prayzah’s Outstanding Music Video nomination for the National Arts Merits Awards (NAMA), with music fans claiming that the video has been released after the closing date of submissions.
The National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) closed submission of entries on the 30th of November last year and it is believed that Jah Prayazah’s Jerusarema video which was nominated has been released later in December.
Prominent radio personality, Phatisani Sibanda said there is need for NACZ to shade more light to music fans on the Eriza hitmaker’s nomination.
“We need to understand the criteria they were using in the process of selecting entries, for we all know that Jah Prayzah’s video was released in December after they had stopped submisions,” said Phatisani Sibanda.
Nacz spokesperson, Catherine Mthombeni defended the video stressing out that it deserves the nomination.
“What we can tell everyone is the selection for nominations was very strict and it’s true the submissions were closed on the 30th of November. Fans should note that the Jerusarema video was released in October and it came out on the market early in December,”
“So since it was released in October submissions were not yet closed it qualifies to be nominated for the award.” said Catherine Mthombeni.
The Multi-award winning artist who was born Mukudzei Mukombe takes the lead with the most nominations followed by Winky D, Tumbuka Dance Company and Theater Productions.
Meanwhile preparations for the grand finale are at an advanced stage and the date of the event has been confirmed to be on the 13th of February.