By Lance Guma
Afro-Pop music duo Bkay n Kazz are in the running for several awards at the Zimbabwe Music and Arts Awards UK 2012. The awards ceremony in their third year will be held on Saturday at the Holiday Inn Maidenhead-Windsor.
Technically Bkay n Kazz stand to win two awards despite three nominations. They have two videos nominated under Video of the Year for Tendi and Dancehall Style. They are also in the running for Male Artist of the Year.
Other prominent artists nominated include Oliver Mtukudzi, Nox Guni, Winky D, Stunner, Roki, Alick Macheso, Cynthia Mare, Karen Stally, Roby Gee, Sharon Rose, Decibel, film directors Demetria Karonga and Lorraine Fox.
Although the awards are only open to those artists resident in the UK, they also recognise artists who have done shows in the UK under the “Touring Artist of the Year” category.
Onismos Mposhi one of the coordinators said the “format focuses primarily on those involved in the different arts sectors as it is a sector that has been making huge strides in enhancing the country’s cultural image in the United Kingdom.”
The awards ceremony will form the centrepiece of the event which includes dinner and live entertainment. Awards will be handed out to the winners by prominent members of the community as well as specially invited quests.
Mposhi said the winners will be decided via an online poll. This year they took the unprecedented step of disqualifying nominees in two categories due to irregular voting patterns pointing towards cheating.
The attempt to cheat was in the Broadcasting: Radio Presenter Or DJ of the Year category where 686 rogue votes were made from the same IP address from a server based in the USA over a 12 minute period.
Meanwhile entertainment for the awards night will be provided by musicians, poets, dancers and comedians. Two time ZIMAA UK nominees, Kamikaze Test Pilots will be delivering their thumping rock music with a Zimbabwean twist. Visit the Zimaa Website Here
Below are the categories and their nominees
Music: Video of the Year
Ndimi Mafans – Boyz Retonaz & Stunner
Sele Mama – Roby Gee
Tendi – Bkay & Kazz
Dancehall Style – Decibel Ft. Bkay N Kazz
Tamic ft Cindy-I Luv You
After Party – Money B
Toda MaBaby – Juss Russ ft Junior T
Music: Gospel Artist of the Year
Music: Touring Artist of the Year
Music: Female Artist of the Year
Music: Male Artist of the Year
Kamikaze Test Pilots
Bruno Money B
Bkay & Kazz
Music: Club and Event DJ of the Year
Kelvin Soul Supreme
DJ Timmy (tim2soxx)
Dj Lavaman TNC
Film: Film of the Year
To The End of The Road
Maidei Meets Europe
Mazimba Part II
Film: Film Actress of the Year
Film: Film Actor of the Year
Lewis Prince Makanda
Film: Film Director of the Year
Marc T Mandisoul
Visual Arts: Fashion Designer of the Year
Leah African Design
Adel Kaseke – CurvySwan
Blackarmoor Clothing Brand
Performing Arts: Upcoming Artist of the Year
Promotions: Event of the Year
Roki & ExQ UK Tour
End of Summer Diamond Blast ( Nox & Jah Prayzah)
Tuku Live at O2 Indigo
Dangerzone Take Over Tour
House Infusion Tour
Media and Broadcasting: Broadcaster of the Year
Afro Essence TV
Media and Broadcasting: Media Group of the Year
Broadcasting: Radio Presenter or DJ of the Year
DJ Lady J
DJ Lady Bimma