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ZIMA Nominations 2021 | The Biggest Snubs & Surprises You May Have Missed

Despite its efforts to diversify and cautiously walking the line between mainstream, mushroomers and the underdogs, one wouldn't help but wonder on the snubs of some big stars and even up-comers whose performances were pretty noticeable in 2020.

The PPC Zimbabwe Music Awards (Zima) have unveiled their much-anticipated nominees’ list for the 2021 edition.

Organisers of the award show that seek to acknowledge and honour the country’s musical excellence and creativity said over 1 235 entries were received for this year’s awards, with the new category aligned to Covid-19 Awareness receiving a huge response.

Due to the ongoing lockdown, the ceremony – which was slated for February 6 – was postponed to February 20 with the hope that lockdown restrictions will have been eased.

The event will be hosted by television personality Arthur Evans.

Zima spokesperson, Benjamin Nyandoro, said;

“The nomination itself is a big win, given that we had more than 50 submissions in each category. It was a tough one, decisions had to be made. Congratulations to those who released material in a difficult year, those who submitted for Zima 2021 and those who have made it to the nomination.”

Despite its efforts to diversify and cautiously walking the line between mainstream, mushroomers and the underdogs, one wouldn’t help but wonder on the snubs of some big stars and even up-comers whose performances were pretty noticeable in 2020. The list of which may include Winky D (Njema), Jah Prayzah (Hokoyo), Van Choga, Uncle Epatan, Nyasha David, Enzo Ishall, Bryan K, King 98 among others. Or maybe they didn’t submit? Whatevs!

But hey, abort the yacht of apprehension and sail on the ship of surprises. Poptain and Nutty O are leading in nominations with four nominations each. And there is more…

Here is the full list of nominees:

BEST COVID-19 SONG

1. Baba Harare x Kapfupi -Corona

2. Indosakusa – COVID-19

3. Nutty O – Safe

4. The Vine – Heal Our Land

5. Tocky Vibes – Corona

BEST AFROPOP

1. Bekezela

2. Herman

3. Nox

4. Shasha

BEST ALTERNATIVE

1. Andy Muridzo

2. Hwabaraty

3. Nkwali

4. Tahle WeDzinza

BEST NEWCOMER

1. Anita Jackson

2. Fidel Country Boy

3. Herman

4. Holy Ten

BEST VIDEOGRAPHER

1. Andy Cutta

2. Mr Hasty

3. Naxo Films

4. Umsebenzi Ka Blaqs

BEST DANCE/HOUSE/KWAITO

1. DJ Naida x John Cole

2. Mzoe 7

3. Novuyo Seagirl

4.Tebza

BEST ZIMDANCEHALL

1. Freeman

2. Jah Master

3. Nutty O

4. Poptain

BEST HIP-HOP

1. Asaph

2. Holy Ten

3. ProBeats

4. R Peels

BEST RnB & SOUL

1.Berita

2. Hillyz

3. Nox

4. Trevor Dongo

BEST CHINYAKARE/CHIMURENGA

1. Fusion 5 Mangwiro

2.Terrence Kwenda

3. Whitney Mativanga

4.Vimbai Zimuto

BEST EZODUMO/IMBUBE

1. Insingizi

2. Nkwali

3. Nobuntu

4. Indosakusa

BEST CONTEMPORARY GOSPEL

1. Brian Nhira

2. Janet Manyowa

3. Tembalami

4. Minister Michael Mahendere

BEST TRADITIONAL GOSPEL

1. Kea Hove

2. Mambo Dhuterere

3. Siphosenkosi Ncube

4. Vusa Mangena

BEST SUNGURA

1. Delroy HKD

2. Nicholas Zachariah

3. Sulumani Chimbetu

4. Tongai Obert Moyo

BEST JAZZ

1. Agga Nyabinde

2. Joe Kabumbayi

3. Mahlaba

4. Terrence Kwenda

BEST TSHIBILIKA

1. Madlela Skhobokhobo

2. Clement Magwaza

3. Ndux Junior

4. Sotja Moyo

BEST GROUP /DUO

1. Breeze Music

2. Crisswiss & The Dot

3. Fusion 5 Mangwiro

4. Sinazo

BEST INTERNATIONAL ZIM ARTIST

1. Bekezela

2. Donel Mengena

3. Nox

4. Shasha

BEST PRODUCER

1. Alliviate Beats

2. DJ Tamuka

3. Everton Mlalazi

4. Levels Chillspot

BEST ALBUM OF THE YEAR

1. Freeman and Friends – Mixtape

2. Jikizinto – Berita

3. Sounds of Victory – Janet Manyowa

4. Zvinodzimba Ngoni – Mambo Dhuterere

BEST VIDEO

1. Ammara Brown – Glow in the Dark

2. Asaph x Msizkay- Asipheli Moya

3. Hillzy x ShaSha -Goodbye

4. Trevor Dongo x Feli Nandi- Mufudzi Wemombe

BEST COLLABORATION

1. Jah Master x Anita Jackson – Unonzani

2. Poptain x Allanah – Fadza Mutengi

3. Baba Harare x Mabamura – Stumbo

4. Nutty O x Poptain – Kokai

BEST FEMALE

1. Ammara Brown

2. Anita Jackson

3. Janet Manyowa

4. Shasha

BEST MALE

1. Asaph

2. Jah Master

3. Minister Michael Mahendere

4. Poptain

SONG OF THE YEAR

1. Fadza Mutengi – Poptain x Allanah

2. Hello Mwari – Jah Master

3. Safe – Nutty O

4. Wakatemba – ExQ x Tocky Vibes

ImChris Charamba

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