Awarding boards encouraged to revisit nominations criteria

By Colette Musanyera

ARTS and creative industry experts have underscored the need for awarding boards to revisit their criteria for nominations by coming up with monitoring mechanisms over and above submissions made by artists.

The 2022 Zimbabwe Music Awards (ZIMA) list of nominees released last week has attracted intense debate among music fans and experts, with some questioning the absence of big names like Holy 10 and Jah Prayzah despite the success of their albums, Risky Life and Gwara.

However, Jah Prayzah revealed that he did not submit entries, a criteria which is used to select nominees, resulting in arts and creative industry experts underscoring the need for ZIMA to revise the modus operandi.

“ZIMA should revisit their system and come up with a system that addresses the concerns of artists and fans. They should come up with monitors who look at what transpires in the industry and honour hardworking artists. We should monitor and also have submissions. If we look at the BET, artists don’t submit entries. The BET has a panel of over 500 people including journalists and bloggers who make submissions. ZIMA should therefore engage artists and revisit the way they do their things for artists to have confidence in the awards.”

Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe Music Awards are set for the 19th of February in Harare.