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New Award Categories Headline The Return Of ZIMA

The country’s biggest all-encompassing music awards, Zimbabwe Music Awards (ZIMA) has announced its return from a hiatus with the sixteenth edition of celebrating musical excellence and creativity, providing a high profile, multi-faceted and rich cultural diversity of Zimbabwean music set for 25 January 2020.

Addressing the media in the capital earlier this week, ZIMA chief executive officer, Reason Sibanda indicated that the ZIMA2020 will be business unusual.

“The Zimbabwe Music Awards 2020 edition dubbed ‘ZIMA2020’ is business unusual – through new partnerships, new sounds, new genres, new categories, new expertise and new passions,” said Sibanda.

This edition will boast of up to 32 awards expected to be dished out on the night.

Entries will be opened on November 11 to December 31, 2019 with nominees set to be announced on 11 January, 2020.

Below the categories that will be recognized:

TOP 5 AWARD

  1. BEST FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
  2. BEST MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
  3. BEST GROUP/DUO OF THE YEAR
  4. BEST NEW COMER OF THE YEAR
  5. BEST ALBUM OF THE YEAR

GENRE AWARD

  1. ZIM DANCEHALL
  2. SUNGURA
  3. AFRO POP
  4. HIP HOP
  5. CONTEMPORARY GOSPEL
  6. TRADITIONAL GOSPEL
  7. RNB & SOUL
  8. JAZZ
  9. DANCE (HOUSE/GQOM/KWAITO/EDM)
  10. TSHIBILIKA
  11. TRADITIONAL (FOLK/CHINYAKARE/CHIMURENGA)
  12. TRADITIONAL (FOLK/EZOMDABU/IMBUBE)
  13. BEST ALTERNATIVE

TECHNICAL AWARD

  1. PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
  2. ENGINEER OF THE YEAR
  3. BEST MUSIC VIDEO
  4. BEST VIDEOGRAPHER

SPECIAL AWARD

  1. BEST COLLABORATION
  2. BEST DJ (RADIO/ CLUB)
  3. BEST PROMOTER
  4. BEST INTERNATIONAL ZIM ARTIST
  5. BEST CORPORATE SPONSOR
  6. RETRO ICON AWARD 1
  7. RETRO ICON AWARD 2
  8. LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
  9. MOST DOWNLOADED SONG

PUBLIC VOTE AWARD

  1. SONG OF THE YEAR
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