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Winky D dominates Namas

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It was a night to remember for Zimbabwe’s ragga outfit when Winky D, born Wallace Chirumiko, stole the thunder at the 10th edition of the National Arts Merit Awards (Nama) held over the weekend.

Winky D brushed aside competition by heavyweights that included Alick Macheso and Freddy “Kapfupi” Manjalima to take home the Outstanding Album award for his wildly popular compilation, Igofigo and the People’s Choice Award for music.

Another newcomer to the awards, Kapfupi claimed the accolade for Outstanding Song with his track Mai Nga-a from the album Juice Card.

Despite having been nominated in three categories for best Outstanding Song, Outstanding Album and Musician, sungura star Macheso walked away empty-handed.

The ever-rising sungura maestro Sulumani Chimbetu took home the Outstanding Musician Award beating his rival Macheso and ragga artiste Winky D.

Bulawayo-based Siyaya Arts dominated the dance category scooping two awards; Outstanding Male Dancer and Outstanding Dance Group.

Zimbabwe’s premier performance dub-poet Albert Nyathi was honoured with the Arts Personality award while Pakare Paya Arts Centre scooped the National Arts Service award.

Nama was celebrating its tenth anniversary and the ceremony saw 31 winners getting accolades in various disciplines.

Below is the complete list of the winners and their categories.

Literary Art Awards
Outstanding fiction book
A Fine Madness by Mashingaidze Gomo (Ayebia)
Outstanding Children’s Book
Toriro and his Goats by Memory Chirere (Lion Press)

Dance Awards
Outstanding Male Dancer
Makhula Moyo -Siyaya Arts
Outstanding Female Dancer
Christie Clayton –National Ballet.
Outstanding Dance Group
Siyaya Arts

Theatre Awards
Outstanding Actress
Joyce Mpofu in Rituals
Outstanding Actor
Teddy Mangava in Election Day
Outstanding Theatrical Production
Election Day, directed by Eunice Ratidzo Tava

Music Awards
Outstanding Choral Group
Kubatana Kwevatendi
Outstanding Song
Mai Nga by Freddy Manjalima (Kapfupi)
Outstanding Album
Igofigo by Wallace Chirumiko (Winky D)
Outstanding Musician/Group
Sulumani Chimbetu

Visual Art Awards
Outstanding 2-Dimensional Work
Ropafadzo by Ngonidzashe Godfrey Tsiga
Outstanding 3-Dimensional Work
Asylum Seekers by Zacharaha Magasa
Outstanding Mixed Media Work
Imbwa Nyoro by Victor Nyakauru

Film and Television Awards
Outstanding Actor
Jasen Mphepo as Simba in Big House, Small House
Outstanding Actress
Sandra Chidavanyika as Shingi in Big House, Small House
Outstanding Screen Production (Film)
Big House, Small House by Rumbi Katedza
Outstanding Film Production (Television Drama)
Hona Mwana Wako
Outstanding Music Video
Woman of Rock by Willis Watafi, produced by Project 4tel

Media Awards
Outstanding Arts Reporter (Print)
Godwin Muzari (The Standard)
Outstanding Arts Reporter (Radio)
Joseph Mandizvidza (Voice of Zimbabwe)
Outstanding Arts Reporter (Television)
Leonard Mabvara (ZBC News)

Special Awards
National Arts Service Awards Pakare Paye Arts Centre
Arts Personality Award Albert Nyathi
People’s Choice Award
Music Winky D.

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