A stunning shot of the Bulawayo Arts Awards by Outstanding Arts Photographer Award Winner Mgcini Nyoni
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#BAAzw The Bulawayo Arts Awards Impress!

#BAAzw

Let’s stop lying to each about Glitz ‘n’ Glamour! We all watched the inaugural Bulawayo Arts Awards #BAAzw and it was evident that it was filled with class from the beginning. For people with limited resources to pull off such a massive project, it takes a lot of creativity and commitment. Once they announced their intentions to host the awards, the organisers did not slow down. This team hosted a successful awards night which some established ones have failed to host. Learn!

They pulled all the stops with a red carpet worthy of royalty as the City of Kings and Queens flexed its arts prowess. Rappers in formal and others who looked like they just woke up and dashed to the awards( eita Mzoe7).  One fact was proved this night. Bulawayo people can really dress up! Sandra Ndebele looked dashing with a rather interesting hairdo.

However, there might have been glitches that occurred, the team had a successful night. Chronicle showed their support by providing people with a live stream on social media and we surely enjoyed it. It was a night of heartbreaks and one particular one caught our eyes. CalVin racked two awards from two nominations to regain his dominance in Bulawayo. To further cement this, the rapper announced on his Facebook Profile that he was dropping a new track titled Loxion. Interestingly the cover art shows him holding his #BAAzw awards. Swag!

In another interesting development. This year’s Mr Africa pageant Zimbabwean representative, Miyamiko Banda, who was nominated for the Oustanding Model Award lost out to Shadel Noble. We stumbled upon a really amazing picture he posted and the caption left us wondering!

Here’s the list of winners!

Outstanding Actress (Schools)
Anita Moyo (Eveline Girls)

Outstanding Actor (Schools)
Nobert Makoche (Gifford Boys)

Outstanding Arts Educator
Thabani H. Moyo

Outstanding School Arts Effort
Mzilikazi High School

Outstanding Visual Artist
Israel Israel

Outstanding Imbube Group/Act
Nobuntu

Outstanding Video Director
Vusa Blaqs

Outstanding Online Media House
Urban Culxure

Outstanding Arts Photographer
Mgcini Nyoni

Outstanding Comedian
Ntando Van Moyo

Outstanding Poet
Tinashe Tafirenyika

Outstanding Literary Work
Mars, His Sword by Philani A. Nyoni

Outstanding Arts Journalist
Bruce Ndlovu of BMetro

Outstanding Media House
Skyz Metro FM

Outstanding Contemporary Dance Ensemble
Inkululeko Yabatsha School of Arts (IYASA)

Outstanding Traditional Dance Ensemble
uMkhathi Theatre Works

Outstanding Female Dancer
Dadirai Mpandawana (Ezimnyama Dance Ensemble)

Outstanding Male Dancer
Mbongeni Nxumalo (IYASA)

Outstanding Model
Shadel Noble

Outstanding Designer
Dube Surprise & Bukhosi Ndlovu aka Brandroom

Outstanding Film Actress
Donna Ncube aka Donna N – The Lost Letter

Outstanding Film Actor
Mothusi Ndlovu aka Madlela

Outstanding Film
The Arthur Evans Show

Outstanding Theatre Actress
Tsitsi Gumbo –uNtikolotshe

Outstanding Theatre Actor
Gift Chakuvinga – Double Funeral

Outstanding Theatre Production
Joseph and the Coat of many Colours

Outstanding Ambassador (SA)
Oskido

Outstanding Ambassador (Global)
Mokoomba

Outstanding Arts Supporter
Delta Beverages

Life Achievement Award
Cont Mhlanga

Outstanding DJ
Pathisani Star FM

Outstanding Kwaito/House
Mqondisi Sibanda aka Skaiva
Outstanding Hip/Hop Artist/Act
Calvin Mgcini Nhliziyo (Cal-Vin)

Outstanding Gospel Artist/Act
Lorraine Maplanka Stot

Outstanding Alternative Music
Jeys Marabini

Outstanding Tshibilika/Rhumba
Clement Magwaza

Outstanding Newcomer of the year
Madlela Skhobokhobo
Outstanding Female Artist
Sandra Ndebele

Outstanding Male Artist
Mgcini Calvin Nhliziyo aka Cal -Vin
Song of the year
Ngamnanka uSamaMoe by Madlela Skhobokhobo

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