Story by Yolanda Moyo
THE seventh edition of the Roil Bulawayo Arts Awards (RoilBAA) was the major highlight in Bulawayo, with various creatives receiving honours for their outstanding works in the arts industry.
The most glamourous awards ceremony in the City of Kings and Queens, the Roil Bulawayo Arts Awards was held at the Zimbabwe International Exhibition Centre this Saturday.
As expected, the red carpet affair was exquisite as people dressed up for the event.
Popular sought-after Rhumba group, Insimbi Zezhwane walked away with two awards; the People’s Choice Award whose prize included a brand new car, and the Outstanding MaEli Tshibilika Act.
Lead group member Mekuleki ‘Brema’ Moyo expressed gratitude for the support the group is receiving, particularly following the death of other group members in a road traffic accident this year.
“This goes to my brother because we worked together for us to be recognized to this day. Going forward we will continue with our music from next year as l recover from the accident. Many thanks to our fans who keep on supporting us,” he said.
The seventh edition of the RoilBAA also honoured the works of artists such as Black Umfolosi, Thandanani Women’s Ensemble, jazz guitarist Simbarashe Hudson, Thabani Moyo and Ezra Sibanda.
Some of the highlights at the awards ceremony were performances by local artists such as Mzoe 7 and Umnikazi Wempuphu, with the late Hip Hop artist, Calvin Ncube also being remembered.
In the music category, Everton Mlalazi scooped the Outstanding Gospel Act Award, with Fab G taking the Outstanding Alternative Music Award, while Calvin Mangena scooped the Outstanding Male Artist Award.