ZIMA announces 2015 nominees
The following article was originally published inÂ The Herald
19 November 2015
Organisers of the Zimbabwe Music Awards have announced nominees for the 2015 awards ahead of the ceremony to be held beginning of next year.Â Zima chairman Joseph Nyadzayo, said the finalists were selected after a marathon adjudication process involving experienced music critics and analysts.Â â€œThere has been anxiety with regards to who will make it onto the esteemed list of nominees but I am proud to assure that after hard work from the team of adjudicators, we have come up with a list that shall reflect the top musicians and products for the year and period under review,â€ he said.
Nyadzayo said owing to a bigger celebratory event which the organisers and their stakeholders were planning, the roadmap to the finals would be event-packed and would take the nominees across the nation in a series of planned Zima 2015 build-up events.
â€œWe feel the need to take the nominees to communities to interact with fans ahead of the event in order to bridge the gap between the fans and their idols, which is the spirit of Zima that we have always embraced. If all goes smoothly we would even want to go to other towns that we have previously not visited,â€ said Nyadzayo.
Zima had kept the arts world guessing with regards the announcement of the nominees and these should give relief to speculators while setting the tone for a national debate spurred by the nominees as is traditionally the case in the media and on social networks.
The date and venue of the ultimate event will be announced in due course.Â â€œWe hope to have an announcement that will get the nation talking and also satisfy the high standard of efforts portrayed by artistes throughout the period in review,â€ said Nyadzayo