Ris­ing stars shine at Star FM awards

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - SOCIETY - Takudzwa Chi­ham­bakwe

THE in­au­gu­ral Star FM Mu­sic Awards slated for Zim­bali Gardens on Jan­uary 25 2019 have given the much-needed recog­ni­tion to ris­ing tal­ents on the lo­cal mu­sic scene.

Af­ter the death of the Zim­babwe Mu­sic Awards (Zima) a few years ago, the new awards come at an op­por­tune mo­ment for the lo­cal arts in­dus­try.

The awards will recog­nise the works of es­tab­lished artistes, but most im­por­tantly, will place the lime­light on ris­ing tal­ents in the game. An­nual awards cer­e­monies such as the Na­tional Arts Merit Awards (Nama) had be­come more like the FIFA Bal­lon d’Or, where Messi and Ron­aldo ex­changed the ac­co­lade for a decade, not­with­stand­ing the best ef­forts of other play­ers. Sim­i­larly, in the Nama case, it was a four-year dom­i­nance by Winky D and Jah Prayzah. The two would al­ways get the King’s bounty, if not all the awards they would have been nom­i­nated for.

How­ever, the com­ing in of the Star FM Mu­sic Awards has brought a dif­fer­ent dy­namic.

Acts like Nutty O, who has never been nom­i­nated for a Nama, man­aged to get three nom­i­na­tions at the Star FM awards, match­ing his boss at Mil­i­tary Touch Move­ment, Jah Prayzah, who also got three nom­i­na­tions. An­other young­ster who out-shined the big-shots on the nom­i­nees list is one of the most con­sis­tent acts over the past two years, Jah Sig­nal. With five nom­i­na­tions, he has the sec­ond high­est num­ber of nom­i­na­tions, just one be­hind ExQ, who has the most nom­i­na­tions.

Sig­nal, who has also be­come a “mil­lion­aire” on YouTube, de­serves the nom­i­na­tions and could eas­ily walk away with three out of the five awards he is vying for. The big­gest sur­prise of 2018, Enzo IShall, comes in with four nom­i­na­tions, match­ing his elder in the dance­hall sec­tor, Winky D. The num­ber of nom­i­na­tions he has re­ceived is a true re­flec­tion of the re­al­ity on the ground. Mov­ing to the ladies, acts such as RnB singer, Shashil, have been recog­nised. Many might not know this singer be­cause her genre is still im­per­cep­ti­ble to the main­stream mu­sic scene, but she has pow­er­ful vo­cals that have a re­fresh­ing ef­fect to the ear.

Tamy Moyo also got three nom­i­na­tions — out­shin­ing Am­mara Brown and Janet Many­owa who got one and two nom­i­na­tions, re­spec­tively.

Other acts who have been recog­nised are Vic­tor Stot and Lloyd Soul.

Mean­while, some mu­sic fans have re­acted neg­a­tively to the awards af­ter gospel mu­sic act, Janet Many­owa, was not nom­i­nated in the Al­bum of the Year cat­e­gory.

Her lat­est stu­dio of­fer­ing, Grate­ful, has un­matched sound qual­ity and mu­si­cal ar­range­ments, merged well with pow­er­ful lyrics that pro­voke the spirit.

A com­par­i­son of the al­bum to the five al­bums se­lected in the Best Al­bum cat­e­gory shows that the of­fer­ing is in a class of its own.

Some have ar­gued that in se­lect­ing nom­i­nees in this cat­e­gory, the ad­ju­di­ca­tors used pop­u­lar­ity over class.

Tamy Moyo

Nutty O

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