DJ Chilli's day in the sun

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Television personality Hazvinei Sakarombe aka DJ Chilli, who was named “Best Artist” at the weekend, says she owes her success to ZBC.

The radio and TV jockey, dressed in a stunning grey outfit at the Namas on Saturday night, also won a media award.

“ZBC has made me who I am today,” said DJ Chilli after receiving her award.

“Above all I want to thank the Lord Almighty who gave me this talent,” she said.

Dominic Benhura managed to scoop two awards in the visual Arts category while Natalie Bradbury also scooped two awards in the dance category.

“I want to encourage all parents to support their children’s artistic talents because you never know where it will take them,” said Benhura.

This year’s Outstanding Musician Award went to Sulumani Chimbetu who dedicated his fortune to his late father.

“I want to thank my father Simon Chimbetu who passed on this talent to me,” he said.

Josphat Somanje scooped two awards – the Outstanding Song and the Outstanding Album. It was no surprise that Somanje’s song “Handibvume” better known by his fans as “Haulume” made it to the top. The song is on the winning album “This Time”.

The night’s most awaited were the “People’s Choice Awards” that allowed people to vote for their favourite artists.

The award for the Best Song went to “Shaina” by popular singer Alexio Kawara.

“I want to give many thanks to my wife Shingi who has been supporting me throughout,” said Alexio.

The Best Urban Groover award went to the popular “Stunner” who lived up to his reputation in his red jacket, cap, shades and sneakers.

“I want to give special thanks to XQ who encouraged me into this, without him I wouldn’t have received this award,” he said.

The Outstanding Fiction Book Award went to The Fading Sun written by well-known author David Mungoshi.

Popular urban groovers Stunner and XQ gave the crowd a stunning performance of the song “Team Hombe” while popular gospel diva

Fungisai Zvakavapano Mashavave and her team took the crowd’s breathe away with a great performance.

The audience was amazed to see a rather calm and weight gained Sandra Ndebele performing on stage after a long break from the spotlight.

Tendai Manatsa and Selma Mtukudzi gave the audience a touching performance of a song dedicated to those who have lost their loved ones.

The crowd was evidently impressed by the energetic performances by the Botswana based Culture Spear dance group.

The Batswanas also had joint performance with Zimbabwe ’s own Amavhithikazi cultural dance group.

The National Arts and Merit Awards (NAMA) that took place at the weekend were a great success.