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19 February 2013

Tuku Encourages Ubuntuism Among Artists

Music superstar Oliver 'Tuku' Mtukudzi

Legendary Zimbabwean musician Oliver ‘Tuku’ Mtukudzi, who was Guest of Honour at the 2013 National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA) held in Bulawayo, gave profound counsel to the nominees, eventual winners and artists in general when he presented his speech.
The NAMA Awards, which were also screened live on local television, were held at the Large City Hall on the evening of February 16.
Speaking after being led to the podium by a young poet performing powerful praise poetry in honour of his great work, Tuku said NAMA is not about competition but a platform upon which to showcase Zimbabwe’s ubuntuism through artists.
“What happens is that one man’s meat is another man’s poison. Our fans have their favourite artists but that does not mean we (artists) are competing. NAMA was built to encourage artists to work hard. If you produced a hit last year, NAMA is calling for another hit from you. It encourages us to move on and when we have moved on, the most important vision is to build ubuntuism among our people through our works.
“All artists are like a mirror. We reflect what a Zimbabwean is. If you do well as an artist wherever you are, people there will always take you as a proud Zimbabwean representative. Our work is meant to uplift our people.

 “As I stand here many of you say ‘Ah mukuru uyu ah, akapenga, akapenga.’ Ndinozvinzwa zvangu. Ndinozvinzwa muchitaura, but hazvireve kuti I am a genius. Zvinongoreva chete kuti une hunhu hunofarirwa nevanhu. Ende kana vanhu vafarira hunhu, whether song ikashata sei sa ‘Patapata’ (in reference to his song), vanhu havazvione nokuti zvabva kumunhu ane hunhu hwavanoda,” said Tuku.
He urged Zimbabwean artists to give back to the communities where they come from by way of identifying and helping the upcoming artists to keep the artistic legacy of Zimbabwe going.
Tuku acknowledged that the road artists walk in pursuit of their dreams teems with difficulties but he encouraged artists to walk on every ground, for there are no short-cuts to their destinies.
“NAMA needs those of you who are doing well. Selling lots of music is not what I mean by doing well. Doing well is having hunhu which in turn sells your works to the people. Uri kamupfanha kari bho-o. Kana uri kamufana kari bho-o unowana rubatsiro because uri mufana ari bho-o. Zvinobva pahunhu. Kana uine hunhu hwakanaka unokwanisa kuteerera. Paunotsiurwa hauone sewatukwa nokuti uri kamufana kari bho-o,” said Tuku to much applause.
The music superstar went on to thank the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe for bringing NAMA to Bulawayo and hoped that NACZ will also reach out to other provinces so that no one feels inferior.
Tuku was later honored with a gift sculptured by renowned artist Dominic Benhura.

 Albert Nyathi won the Outstanding Children's Book Award for his book 'My Daughter'

 Isaac Lambada, nominated for Outstanding Poet Award (Spoken Word Category), seen here at the Glen Lodge where a cocktail for nominees and certificates presentation took place
Sibongile Mnkandla won the Outstanding Fiction Book Award for her book 'Taking the Lead' (Literary Arts Category)

Beaven Tapureta, representing Writers International Network Zimbabwe which was nominated as Outstanding Online Media (Media Category), seen here at the Glen Lodge where nominees were presented with their certificates

Carl Joshua Ncube won the Outstanding Comedian Award (Spoken Word category)

Below is the complete list of the 12th NAMA Nominees and Winners
Outstanding Actor; 

Teddy Mangava in Diamonds in his grave by Rooftop
Charles Matare inWusiku by Rooftop
Zenzo Nyathi in Stitsha by Amakhosi

Charles Matare  in Wusiku by Rooftop
Outstanding Actress

Rumbidzai Karize in When Angels Weep by Rooftop
Caroline Mashingaidze  in Ten Bush
Nothando Nobengula in Wusiku and Ten Bush

Nothando Nobengula
Outstanding Theatrical Production

Eclipsed  by Reps Theatre
Wusiku by Rooftop Promotions
When Angels Weep by MNk Production

When Angels Weep – MNk Productions
Outstanding Director
Zane Lukas  for Eclipsed – Reps
Eunice Tava for Diamonds in his grave - Rooftop
Styx Mhlanga for The Burrow – Amakhosi Theatre Productions
Zane Lukas – Eclipsed - Reps

Spoken Word Awards
Outstanding Comedian: 
Carl Joshua Ncube
Clive Chigubhu

Carl Joshua Ncube
Outstanding Poet:
Tatenda Chinoda
Sithandazile Dube
Isaac Lambada
Tatenda Chinoda

Literary Arts
Outstanding Fiction Book –

Mnkandla, Sibongile, Taking the Lead
Chinodya, Shimmer, Chioniso and other stories
Samachai Kawengo, The Incubus

Taking the Lead; Sibongile Mnkandla

Outstanding Children’s Book

Albert Nyathi, My daughter
FaraiNyandoro, Panic on fun day.
Ignatius Mabasa, Merinebhutsutsvuku

Albert Nyathi, My daughter

Outstanding First Creative Published Work –
Oliver Nyambi and TendaiMangena  (eds) From where the wind blows.2012
Philani Amadeus Nyoni; Once a lover always a fool
Philani Amadeus Nyoni; Once a lover always a fool

Visual arts
Outstanding Mix-Media Work;
Melodies from the Mermaid, Forbes Mushipe
Humming Bird, Johnson Zuze
Ecosystem, Richard Mpumha

Special Mention: Sportsmanship, Wisdom Chengaose

Forbes Mushipe Melodies from the Mermaid.

Outstanding two Dimensional Work (painting, drawing, photography):
Morning light, David Chinyau
Cloud nine, Taurai Dliwayo
Ceremonial Dancers, Itai Njangu

Morning light by David Chinyau
Outstanding three Dimensional Work (sculpture, ceramic, craft):
Unto us a child is given Israel Israel
Family mind, Raphael Machinjili
Never ending, Washington Matate

Unto us a child is given by Israel Israel
Outstanding Exhibition:
The Cycle Davina Jovi,
Spirit of Friendship NGZ in Byo,
Inhlama Nonhlanhla Mathe
The Cycle Davina Jogi

Media Awards
Outstanding Journalist—Print: 

Margaret Chinowaita
Raisedon Baya
Mthandazo Dube

Mthandazo Dube
Outstanding Journalist—Television:

Sifiso Mpofu
Terence Mapurisana
Leonard Mabvara
Sifiso Mpofu

Outstanding Online Media:
The Writers International Network
Three Men On a Boat

Outstanding Dance Group:

National Ballet

Outstanding Female Dancer:
Melanie Currathers - Titanium
Loveness Mabakwa- Bembera
Siphephiso Magonya – Iyasa

Siphephiso Magonya- Iyasa
Outstanding Male Dancer:
Arthur Ndlovu– Magesh
Peter Lenso - Mi Works
David Machowa - Apama

Arthur Ndlovu - Magesh
Outstanding Choreographer:
Brian Geza  - National Ballet
Tinashe  - Magesh
Alfonis Ndlovu – Abatsha
Brian Geza - National Ballet

Film and Television
Outstanding Actor: 
James Mariseni “Jingo” – The Kiss
Lloyd Kurima – Bag rabvaruka
Cyril Sadat Sanhewe – Kiriboni The Menace

Cyril Sadat Sanhewe – Kiriboni The Menace
Outstanding Actress:
Sara Mpofu – Tshuz Mazikhethela, Reunite
Locadia Matenga – Delete
Qeqeshiwe Mntambo – Suku

Qeqeshiwe Mntambo –Suku
Outstanding Music Video
Ruvimbo  - Energy Mutodi
Mativenga -  Roki
AmaiBhoyi - Jutal

Special MentionWatson Chidzomba - Nzombenemhuruyayo

Amai Bhoyi
Outstanding Screen Production (Television):
One family can
Tshuz Mazikhethela
Outstanding Screen Production (Full length Film): 
The Kiss
Outstanding Screen Production (Short Film):
 Mind games
Mind games

Outstanding Female Musician:
Hope Masike,
Cindy Munyavi

Hope Masike
Outstanding Male Musician:

Sulumani Chimbetu
 Donald Chirisa aka Sniper
Enock Guni aka Knox 

Special mention:
Wallace Chirumiko aka Winky D.

Sulumani Chimbetu
Outstanding Song:

Love yemusoja

Special Mention: Vumelani Sangoma

Love Yemusoja  “sniper” Donald Chirisa
Outstanding album:
Syllabus – Sulumani Chimbetu
Shongwe – Blessing Shumba
Love yemusoja – Donald Chirisa

Special Mention:
Anoita minana – Mathias Mhere

Sulumani Chimbetu
Special Awards
Outstanding Promoter of the Year
C & A Entertainment
Brumat t/a Horizon Bar and Restaurant
Chipaz Promotions

Chipaz Promotions

Arts Personality:
Arts Service:
Book Cafe
People’s Choice:
Sulumani Chimbetu

Kudos to the nominees and winners!

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