NAMA 2015

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Artists in Zimbabwe were treated to a bowl of glitz, glamour and surprises this year at the renowned National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA) held at the Harare 7Arts theatre in Avondale on Valentine’s Day.
NAMA Awards that take place annually have seen quite a number of expecting and non-expecting artists walk away with gongs and money for their efforts.
This year’s event’s man of the moment was Tocky vybes – real name Obey Makamure who walked away with two awards in the Outstanding Album for his singles collection and Outstanding Song of the Year for his popular track “Mhai”.
Intwasa Arts Festival theatre production “Umbiko KaMadlenya” dominated this year’s event after scooping four accolades for the Outstanding Actress (Bathabile Dlamini), Outstanding Actor (Memory Kumbota), Best Director (Nelson Mapako) and Outstanding Theatrical Production.
Revealers at the event thought the show somehow short changed them as they chanted Tocky Vybez’s name after he lost the People’s Choice Award to Uncle Ritchie of the Zvirikumbofamba Sei chant. It was doom day for Jah Prayzah who went home empty handed.
The great icon Oliver Mtukudzi walked away with the Lifetime Achievement award while the Dendera king, Sulumani Chimbetu went home with the Outstanding Male musician award. Unanimously Songstress Cynthia Mare went home with the outstanding Female musician award.
This year’s 14th NAMA edition looked organised and the event was screened live on ZTV. The event was graced with celebrities, ministers, musicians and celebrities.

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