The stage is set for the National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA) powered by Old Mutual Zimbabwe this Saturday in what will be a unique experience for the industry and the fans, with the show being held virtually.
Arts mother body, National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NAC), says this year the ceremony will honour local legends under the theme: Our Legacy, Our Pride and to spice things up, a star-studded line up of new and old stars will perform at the ceremony which is being hosted virtually because of Covid-19 restrictions and regulations.
Legend Busi Ncube, who is now based in the Scandinavian country of Norway, will perform alongside local rising stars among them Tamy Moyo, Anita Jackson, Tariro neGitare, Nutty O, Poptain, Sylent Nqo, DJ Tamuka, Mzoe 7, Jose Sax and the evergreen urban groover, ExQ.
The virtual show will also see Zimbabwean artistes in the Diaspora: Bekezela (South Africa), Brian Nhira and Cindy Munyavi (United States of America), Sani Makhalima (Australia), Tina Masawi (Spain), Vimbai Zimuto (Netherlands) and Vusa Mkhaya (Austria) releasing a track titled the Big Diaspora Collaboration.
The Living Legends Awards ceremony will mark the return of the popular Nama Awards after last year’s show was cancelled following the outbreak of the coronavirus. The awards will also celebrate the 40th anniversary of Zimbabwe – by honouring 40 legends in the local showbiz — as well as NAC’s 35th anniversary.
The Old Mutual Zimbabwe Foundation is the main sponsor of the awards, to continue its traditional promotion of arts and culture. In addition to sponsoring the Nama awards, it is also a traditional partner of the Harare International Festival of Arts (HIFA).
The sponsorship underscores the financial conglomerate’s commitment to Zimbabwe by supporting the growth of the Zimbabwean economy through initiatives that foster development.
The ceremony will be beamed live on ZBC TV, ZTN Facebook page, and NAMAtv YouTube page.