Bulawayo Arts Awards were hosted on the 24th of December and the ceremony was set aside to celebrate the contribution which was and is being made by Arts in the city.
Artists in Bulawayo have managed to contribute in the country’s economy and tourism industry with the arts and culture sector.
Wearing the gliting and glamourous designs, artists from all sectors in the world of arts attended the annual ceremony of Bulawayo Arts Awards’s sixth edition.
The ceremony which was headlined by prominent artists including upcoming artists such as the 13 year old, Andrea The Vocalist who derives from the majestic town of Victoria Falls which is situated to the North of Bulawayo Province which is Matabeleland North.
Andrea won the hearts of many when he performed his prominent song Uhambo and the crowd made a sing-along when he was performing.
During the handover of the gongs, Andrea was awarded the Newcomer of The Year (All Geners).
Andrea once appeared in a documentary which was broadcasted by BBC and he said as a form of punishment for being naughty he had to sing to the church congregants.
The video of Andrea singing which appears in the documentary and was recorded by one of the members of the church congregation where he fellowships and caught the attention of many artists, including regional and international artists including namely Dj Maphorisa and Aubrey Qwana.
Andrea was discovered by Tendai Joe the brainchild of JBross entertainment and with the availability of social media it has played a major role for him to reach international network. His gong comes with a package of 35 thousand rands worth of sponsorship which will be used for travel and creation of works in Eswatini.
Meanwhile, Msi’zkay was recognized as the man of the moment as he won the song of the year for his song ‘Kulula’ which featured Bhekiwe and won many hearts.
Msi’zkay was also awarded the People’s choice which meant he also walked away, with a fully serviced residential stand.
Below is the list of winners:
1. OUTSTANDING ARTS PHOTOGRAPHER
Visuals by Corey
2. OUTSTANDING DANCE ENSEMBLE
Ezimnyama Dance Ensemble
3. OUTSTANDING FEMALE DANCER
Priviledge “Subaru” Bere
4. OUTSTANDING MALE DANCER
Masotha Nzou – Sungura Masters
5. OUTSTANDING THEATRE ACTRESS
6. OUTSTANDING THEATRE ACTOR
7. OUTSTANDING COMEDIAN
8. OUTSTANDING POET
9. OUTSTANDING LITERARY WORK – ENGLISH
A life in song and Media by Robert Mukondiwa
10. OUTSTANDING NDEBELE LITERARY WORK
Mthokozisi Ncube lo Ntuthuko M. Nyathi – Izicucu Zodengezi
11. OUTSTANDING ARTS JOURNALIST (All Media)
Langalakhe Mabena – B-Metro
12. OUTSTANDING ONLINE MEDIA
13. OUTSTANDING RADIO DJ
Cde Phil – Khulumani FM
14. OUTSTANDING CLUB DJ
15. OUTSTANDING FASHION DESIGNER/HOUSE
A Tribe Called Zimbabwe
16. OUTSTANDING MODEL
17. OUTSTANDING AMBASSADOR (Worldwide)
18. OUTSTANDING HIP HOP ARTIST /ACT
19. OUTSTANDING KWAITO/HOUSE/GQOM ACT
M J Sings
20. OUTSTANDING ALTERNATIVE MUSIC
21. OUTSTANDING GOSPEL ARTIST/ACT
22. OUTSTANDING IMBUBE/ ACAPELLA GROUP/ACT
23. OUTSTANDING TSHIBILIKA/RHUMBA ACT
24. OUTSTANDING MUSIC PRODUCER
25. OUTSTANDING MUSIC VIDEO
Koloyi – Gang O (MJ Sings, Murphy Cubic, Amany)
26. OUTSTANDING SONG OF THE YEAR
Kulula – Msizkay x Bhekiwe
27. OUTSTANDING TV PRODUCTION/PROGRAMME
28.OUTSTANDING SHORT FILM
29. OUTSTANDING FILM/TV ACTRESS
Natasha Dlamini – The Signal
30. OUTSTANDING FILM/TV ACTOR
Tawanda Denga in The Signal
31. NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR (All Genres)
Andrea The Vocalist
32. OUTSTANDING MALE ARTISTE OF THE YEAR
33. OUTSTANDING FEMALE ARTISTE OF THE YEAR
34. OUTSTANDING COVER BAND
Ramsey K (Byo)
35. LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT
36. PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD (All Genres)