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#NAMA19 – Behold, Hip Hop’s Creative Explosion

There was no escaping the juggernaut influence that Hip Hop had in 2019 as Ti Gonzi was crowned the Outstanding Male Artist by the National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA)


That a hip hop artist was accorded such a high honour by the country’s biggest arts awards, NAMA is a testament of the ever-growing influence of the genre.

After being robbed of the same at the Zimbabwe Music Awards, Ti Goniz has now won the Best Male accolade three times in this Awards calendar, Zim Hip Hop Awards, Star FM Music Awards and the recent NAMA.

2019 kicked off in grand fashion, ushering in the hip hop monster collaboration Kure on February 23 by Ti Gonzi and Ishan.

Barely a month after Kure’s release, Ti Gonzi would get attacked and kidnapped by robbers who left him for dead.

By that time fellow collaborator, Ishan together with the rest of the country were celebrating 200 000 thousand views of Kure.

All of Kure’s successes would happen whilst Ti Gonzi was battling for his life, he was stabbed in the head by the assailants and had to have his skull removed and put inside his belly for sometime before it was stitched back to his head.

The rapper then had a miraculous recovery.

As if he had a premonition of what would happen to him he drooped Kufamba Murima early April, a song he had recorded prior to the attack that happened in March.

His story and undeniable talent propelled the hip hop genre to higher heights and the following month in May he made an appearance at dancehall singer Enzo Ishall’s 25th birthday bash at the City Sports Centre and gave a wild performance to an equally wild reception.

A week later after making a surprise appearance at Enzo Ishall’s birthday he dropped the song Mabazooka , Enzo Nema Pumacol. The song earned him a Best Verse at the Zim Hip Hop Awards.

What followed was a spike in demand as the rapper went on to do about 30 collaborations with other inter-genre artists from ExQ, Willis Watafi, Ngoni Kambarami among others.

A flurry of congratulatory messages was sent Ti Gonzi’s way the entire weekend as the genre celebrated another victorious year.

Meanwhile, the 2020 NAMA Awards have left an indelible mark on the hearts and memories of art lovers after pulling off an amazing show.

The Awards were organised by Jacaranda Culture and Media Entertainment who are the event managers for the next 5 years under the executive leadership of Napoleon Nyanhi.

The event which took place at the Harare International Conference Centre was hosted by TV personalities Mbo Mahocs and Leroy Gopal.

NAMA Awards 2020 Winners Full List


Outstanding Newcomer– Ishan

Outstanding Female Musician– Tamy Moyo

Outstanding Male Musician– Ti Gonzi

Outstanding Song- ‘Kure’ – Ishan ft. Ti Gonzi

Outstanding Album– Uhuru – Willis Wataffi

Outstanding Music Video– ‘Sunshine City’ – Flying Bantu

Outstanding Fiction Book- Out of Darkness, Shining Light – Petina Gappah

Outstanding Children’s Book- Songs of the Little Creature – Phumulani Chipandambira

Outstanding First Creative Published Book– A People’s Fight – Fradreck Hombiro

Outstanding Female Dance–Dadirai Mupandawana – Ezimnyama Dance Group

Outstanding Male Dancer– Selemani Mpochi – Ochestra Mberikwazvo

Outstanding Theatre Actress– Charmaine Mudau – Imbokodo

Outstanding Screen Production (Television Series)– Muzita Rababa – Shem Zemura

Outstanding Screen Production – Short Film– Redefining the Road – Tapiwa Gambira

Outstanding Mix Media Work- Distorted History – Anthony Bumhira

Outstanding 2 Dimensional Work– Cyclone Idai where is Mommy? – Calvin Chimutuwah

Outstanding 3 Dimensional Work– Tribute to the mother of generations – Stanley Mutanga

Outstanding Exhibition- Pieces for Peace, Pieces, Revolutionary Freshness – Talent Kapadza & Schuma Herscovitz

Outstanding Journalist (Print)– Tafadzwa Kachiko – Newsday

Outstanding Journalist (TV)– Masceline Bondamakara – ZBC

Outstanding Journalist Radio – Anesu Masamvu – ZiFM

Outstanding Online Media- Zimbojam

Outstanding Comedian– Long John

Outstanding Poet– Sithembile Siqhoza Ndebele

Outstanding Actor (Film and TV)– Percy Soko – Mandla

Outstanding Actress (Film and TV)– Antoinette Sango – Mandla

Outstanding Screen Production (TV)–Mandla – Solomon Mandaza

Outstanding Screen Production (Short Film)– Redefining the Road – Tapiwa Gambura

Outstanding Screen Production (Full-length Film)– Stay with Me – Nick Zemura

Artist in the Diaspora– Vusa Mkhaya

Outstanding Promoter of the Year– D & G Promotions

Personality of the Year– Nobuntu

Service to the Arts Award– Solomon Guramatunhu

Lifetime Achievement Award– Stella Chiweshe

People’s Choice Award– Winky D

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