Xolisani Nyathi – Arts Reporter
All roads today lead to LongCheng Plaza where Zimdancehall musicians will be honoured in various categories at the third edition of Zimdancehall Awards.Most of the big names in the genre have been nominated in various categories and it will be interesting to see who takes home most gongs.It has become a norm that when fans attend different award ceremonies, the winners are sometimes predictable but at least the Zimdancehall awards are different because there are a lot of “men of the moment” in the genre.
It will be a battle between Mbare-based dancehall crooner Killer T, real name Kelvin Kusikwenyu, and Winky D (Wallace Chirimuko) who are both dominating the nominees list in some of the top categories.
Other musicians vying for the awards include Soul Jah Love, Seh Calaz, Bounty Lisa and Lady Squanda.
Last year Tokcy Vibes, Winky D and Seh Calaz dominated the awards last year.
The night will being graced by top radio acts as popular radio station Star FM’s Zimdancehall and sungura has been nominated in the Radio Creativity Award Honorary. Carol Gore and comedian Doc Vikela will be the hosts at the ceremony.
February has been dominated with awards ceremonies following National Arts Merit Awards and Zimbabwe Music Awards that were held recently.
The previous ceremonies have been viewed with mixed feelings and it remains to be seen if tonight’s ceremony will live up to expectations.
At a Press conference held at Joina City a few weeks back, show organiser Phineas Mushayi said although funding was a major challenge they will provide an exciting event.
“I can promise you that we have the best performers who will light up the event, there will be lots of fun as there are exciting categories with fierce competition,” Mushayi said.