The 21st edition of the National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA) held on February 25, 2023, has triggered varying responses from artistes and fans.
While some are in a celebratory mood after winning awards at the prestigious gala held at the Harare International Conference Centre, some believe nepotism and patronage were at play. Pindula News presents below some of the responses by local artistes.
Dorcas Moyo (Winner in Outstanding Female Musician category):
Moyo wangu unokutendai Mwari….Mashoko anopera …Makandikoshera…This one is for us…Imimi neni…I love you
Emegy Chizanga aka Freeman (Outstanding Male Musician and Outstanding Album categories):
This is for you maGallis, Outstanding Male Artist & Outstanding Album. I really don’t know how to express myself towards this, it feels great to be appreciated for your craft by your own. Would want to give thanks to my crew the management team Watson Kafelapanjila ,Minnox and Michelle Mukaro you guys have been working so hard All producers i have worked with my HKD Band crew pese patinoenda kuma shows they always come up with ideas of new songs thanks family. My distributors, Jungle you always make sure my music reaches most territories My respect also goes to National Arts Merit Awards Nama thanks for this big recognition not forgetting National Arts Council of Zimbabwe – NACZ for walking with us as artists all the way, Tinashe Mutarisi Hatipfeke junk this is for you my generals you are always behind me pandinodonha you lift me up. Beyond the boarders i would want to thank Christopher Martin and his crew deyah ina JA thanks fam your contribution made a big difference !! All of this is made possible by the almighty #Kutenda GOD DID… I hope you guys are also ready this March I have visuals on visuals rolling out. Starting 06.03
Theophilus Chigumira aka Mai Kirifodhi (Outstanding Social Media Skits and People’s Choice Award):
Handizive pekutangira ini . Ndokutendayi sei? Last year when I ddnt win someone wrote a comment yekuti your time will come and anouya akawanda ka1 uchaita ekuramwa just keep pushing and here I am today 2 NAMA awards mumba mamai Clifford and its all because of you guys. I know best social media skit haivhoterwa but kti ndizosvika pakunzi ndapikwa patop 3 its because of you guys and your support, you gave me the recognition. Kana iri people’s choice hatitotaure you worked guys zvekutodaro makavhota ndabvuma zvekuti iyoyo tikanzi tione kuti manumber acho akamira sei I strongly believe kuti taiva pamberi negap rekana 3000 umwe akazorohwa mbama mupharmacy achida kuvhota nephone yemunhu waasingazive that’s how serious it was and you made sure kuti tinochitora chete Thank you very much. Mirai ndimbo updater CV ndodzoka munozvihwa?
Felistas Murata Edwards aka Mai Titi:
Yesterday myself, my daughter, sassy alongside Poptain did the first opening act on the red carpet at the National Arts Merit Awards. This was special to me and I will cherish it. Thank you Nama and well done, keep supporting the showbiz industry and indeed you are doing it much better every year.
Thank you my best friend Ketty Masomera for the hair
Obert Dube The African Poet (Winner Outstanding Poet):
Breaking News :
I have won the outstanding Poet award at National Art Merit Awards(NAMA) I have defended the gong.
This Award is dedicated to all my poetry fans you are amazing people.
My dream is to be the best poet in Africa.
Lazzie T Chapo (Producer and musician):
Hazvisi zvese zvandowirirana nazvo zvinombotawurwa paEarground but pane pamwe pawunowona kuti vanhu varikushanda ava pasina kumaka last year Earground [owned by Plot Mhako] yakashanda zvisingaite I feel Award year best online Media yenge iri ye Earground izvozvi ana Morgan heritage etc Stonebwoy,Jamaican producer’s nevamwe vekumaMovies asi unowona vachingonyimwa its not fair. [NashTV, owned by Tinashe Mutarisi, won the Outstanding – Online Media]
Pane Award ya Confused yandanyatsowona kuti iyi ndeyske yabirirwa apihwa wacho kana song yake yakamborira Nama munopedza simba maArtist vamwe vanenge vakashanda zvakawonekwa nemunhu wese.
Lazzie T also said Baba Harare and Mark Ngwazi deserved an award each.