Men of the moment, Jah Prayzah and Winky D were this year’s major highlights at the NAMA awards held at the 7 Arts Theatre in Avondale on Saturday.
Jah Prayzah, real name is Mukudzei Mukombe, emerged as the Outstanding Male Musician before scooping the Outstanding Album award with “Jerusarema”. Wallace Chirimuko, popularly known as Winky D, saw his hit song “Disappear” being named the Song of the Year.
He also won the People’s Choice Award. But the best winner of the night was the play “Chimbwido the Girl of War” that scooped three awards in theatre.
Actress Nyaradzo Nhongonhema got Outstanding Actress award while the production was voted Outstanding Theatrical Production. The award for the Outstanding Director went to Stanley Makuwe who wrote and directed the play. However, music was the most popular genre as usual and some people were disappointed that Killer T, who was nominated in three categories, went home empty-handed.
Jah Prayzah, whose “Jerusarema” album has hits like “Eriza” and “Chiname”, dedicated the awards to his fans. “I am grateful for the support I got from the fans, these are the people who have placed me where I am today with their continued support. It’s not me who chose myself but them so I thank them very much,” he said.
The fully packed event which saw the who is who in the arts industry thronging the venue was graced by the Minister of Rural Development, Promotion and Preservation of National Culture and Heritage, Abednigo Ncube.
This year’s edition saw a number of improvements being made, although many still feel the organisers of the awards have a lot of work to do for the prestigious event to retain its former glory. Apart from the accolades several artists walked away with cash prizes in selected categories.
Other prizes included DSTV decoders, training contracts as well as fabrics. The Government also chipped in with financial support.
Minister Ncube applauded the artistes for the “sterling” work they produced in the past year.