Byo Arts Awards 2nd Edition Bigger and Better: Organizers

The prestigious Bulawayo Arts Awards (BAA) which recognizes talent in Zimbabwe’s second largest city is back on cards with organizers promising a bigger and better event, cementing City of Kings’ place as the country’s biggest arts hub.

The bar was raised quite high last year which prompted the second edition now set for the 26th of May 2018 under a new name, Roil Bulawayo Arts Awards following their partnership with United Refineries Limited.

Speaking to 263Chat, Chairperson of the Awards Committee, Raisedon Baya said the second edition will be bigger, better filled with glitz and glamour.

“We have an Awards show for the people. It will be a huge show, glitz and glamour. Spectacular, we want people to have an experience, not to just come watch people receiving gongs and hear speeches,

“Tickets going on well. People are excited about the awards. We are expecting the sales to pick up and to have a full house like last year,” said Baya.

He added that this year will be special as new there will be new acts though he refused to be drawn into revealing names of artists set to perform at the event.

The Bulawayo Arts Awards will also see new categories with literary arts award split into two- fiction and non fiction. In addition, TV and Film have also been separated into two different awards.

Last year, the Bulawayo Large City Hall was a full house but the organizers have not changed to a bigger space with Baya saying if history repeats itself, then they would consider moving to a more spacious venue for future editions.

“At the moment it is the best venue. Secondly, we don’t know why we had a great response like last year. If we have the same or more this year then we can start seriously thinking of moving the venue to something bigger,

“We got a title sponsorship from United Refineries Ltd. We are still Bulawayo Arts Awards but now supported by Roil. This is the norm world over,” explained Baya.

However sponsors who sponsored last year’s event are still on board.

Below is the list of nominees:

COMEDY

Outstanding Comedian

Mandla da Comedian

Hubert Dumisani aka MaForty

Clive Chigubhu

 

POETRY

Outstanding Poet

ASA

BLACKLILY

Tinashe Tafirenyika

 

DANCE AWARDS

Outstanding Contemporary Dance Ensemble

Anti Virus

Khaya Arts

Ezimnyama Dance Ensemble

 

Outstanding Male Dancer

Newman Takawira (Iyasa)

Julius Hlabangana (Ezimnyama)

Mbongeni Nxumalo (Iyasa

 

Outstanding female Dancer

Juliet Dube (Ezimnyama Dance Ensemble)

Praise Ncube (Khaya Arts)

Thandeka Mabhena (Sungura Masters

FASHION AND LIFESTYLE AWARDS

 OUTSTANDING FASHION DESIGN

Nkanyeziyethu Malunga

Nkululeko Ncube aka AraKani

Yvette Marguax Ndaba aka Sishebo

 

OUTSTANDING MALE MODEL

Shadel Noble

Welsh the stylist

Panashe Beaton

 

OUTSTANDING FEMALE MODEL

Princess Mpofu

Ashley Morgan

Mitchell Chikwengo

 

FILM & TV AWARDS

Outstanding Television Production/Program

Ekhoneni by Vincent Ngwenya

DlalaNgamla by Rasqueity

Isipho Sami by Thembelihle Moyo

 

Outstanding Film

Londisizwe – by Dumisani Manyathela

Jaiva Sibone – by Memory Kumbota

The Walk – by Daniel Lasker

 

Outstanding Film / TV Director

Daniel Lasker – The Walk

Memory Kumbota – JaivaS’bone

LONDISIZWE – Dumisani Manyathela

 

Outstanding Film / TV Actress

Precious Makhulumo – Isipho Sami

Bridget Dube in Londisizwe

NomvuyisoMabi– The Walk

 

Outstanding Film / TV Actor

Paul Conolly in The Walk

Prince Zulu – Ekhoneni

Percy Shoko – JaivaS’bone.

MEDIA AWARDS

Outstanding Arts Journalist Across Board

Bruce Ncube

Sindiso Dube

Bongani Ndlovu

 

Outstanding Online Media

Umthombo iConnect

Urban Culxure

Focus Magazine

 

OUTSTANDING MAINSTREAM MEDIA

SkyzMetro FM

Sunday News

Chronicle

 

PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

Mhondiwa Mhepo

Tinashe Charleson

Mgcini Nyoni

OUTSTANDING RADIO DJ

Babongile Skhonjwa

BK & TKP (Duo)

Emity Smooth

SCHOOLS ARTS AWARDS

 OUTSTANDING ARTS EDUCATOR (HIGH SCHOOLS)

Nkosi Mlibazi – Nketa High

Dansie Hlosokuhle Mhlanga – Empandeni Girls High

Bridget Sayers – Gifford Boys High

 

OUTSTANDING SCHOOL ARTS EFFORT

Gifford Boys High

Empandeni High

Eveline High

 

OUTSTANDING ACTOR (HIGH SCHOOL)

Sailas Matsika – Gifford

Henry Rakotama – Gifford

Bhekimuzi Khumalo – Mzilikazi High

 

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS (HIGH SCH)

Primrose L. Tshuma – Empandeni High

SihleMasuku – Maranatha High

GugulethuBhebhe – Nketa High

 

THEATRE AWARDS

 Outstanding Director

MatesuDube – Ihloka

Thabani H. Moyo – In My Skin

Khumbulani Mathe – Say Forgiveness

 

Outstanding Theatre Actor

Gift Chakuvinga – In My Skin

Ishmael Muvingi – Ihloka

Leonard Phiri – Ihloka

 

Outstanding Theatre Actress

Agnes Ncube – Blood Tongue

Lady Tshawe – Blood Tongue

Memory Mguni – Say Forgiveness

 

Outstanding Theatre Production

Blood Tongue – Nhimbe Trust

Ihloka – Umkhathi Theatre Works

In My Skin – Naughty By Nature

VISUAL ARTS AWARDS

 VISUAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Bhekitshe Ntshali

Nonhlanhla Mathe

Israel Israel

MUSIC AWARDS

OUTSTANDING KWAITO/HOUSE/GQOM ACT

Badilla

Skaiva

Paula Paloma

 

OUTSTANDING ALTERNATIVE ACT

Khuxman

Willis Wataffi

Edith WeUtonga–Madalisto

Zinjaziyamluma

Hwabaratty

 

OUTSTANDING GOSPEL ACT

Mai Mwamuka

Women of Valour

Tholakele

T1

 

IMBUBE

Indonsakusa

Ukukhanya Kwezwe

Umdumo Wesizwe

 

OUTSTANDING TSIBILIKA/RHUMBA

Ndux Jr

Clement Magwaza

Martin Ndolwane

 

OUTSTANDING AMBASSADOR BASED IN SA

Enerst Phosa – (Actor)

Bekezela ( Musician)

Zinjaziyamluma (Musician)

Mellisa Laung (TV Presenter)

 

OUTSTANDING SONG OF THE YEAR

Bekezela – BEKEZELA

Amaloja – Khuxman

Lizwile – Sandra Ndebele

Veleangikuzwa – Nceku

BathiAsoyami – Clement Magwaza

 

NEWCOMER

Maforty

Jam Session

K breezy

Charmaine Mudau

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Sandara Ndebele

Lorraine Stot

Tholakele

Edith WeUtonga

TKP

 

MALE ARTIST of THE YEAR

Khuxman

Bekezela

Cal-vin

BabongileSkonjwa

Carl Joshua Ncube

 

OUTSTANDING MUSIC ViDEO

Sandra Ndebele – Lizwile

Bekezela – Bekezela

Tytan – Penge Penge

T1nda –

 

CLUB DJ

DJ Yugo

Mackvusani

DJ Liz

DJ Slammer

 

SPECIAL AWARDS

OUTSTANDING AMBASSADOR REST OF THE WORLD

Albert Nyathi (Poet)

NoViolet Bulawayo (Writer)

Insingizi (Musicians)

Donel Mangena (Musician)

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