Hip hop gospel musician Mudiwa walked away smiling as he bagged four accolades at the Zim Hip Hop awards held in Bulawayo on Saturday night. Female MC Kikky Bad A$$ got two.
Mudiwa won Best Hip Hop Hustle, Video of the year (for Slayin), Best Gospel artiste and Best Dressed on the night at Zimbabwe Music Academy.
So happy was Mudiwa after receiving his last award (Best Dressed) he slipped and fell when he was getting off stage, which drew laughter from Stunner who had eyed the award.
Kikky Bad A$$ made a name for herself with two accolades when she landed the coveted People’s Choice Award and the Best Female Artiste.
Winners from the host city included Guluva Se7en who won the Best Verse Award for Ngena Kai1, Naboth Rizla for Best Tv programme for his series Hip Hop 263 and Club Connect’s DJ Kead Wikead won the Best Hip Hop Club DJ. Chronicle Showbiz reporter, Bongani Ndlovu landed the Best Journalist award.
It was a night of disappointment, however, for rapper POY who was nominated five times but did not land even one award in his home town.
After the awards Mudiwa said all glory goes to God.
“I’m so happy, excited and it’s the biggest win on the night and all glory to God and I’m grateful. I thought I was going to win Best Gospel and Video of the year, but I didn’t think I’d win all these other awards,” said Mudiwa.
The awards were, however, marred by technical glitches all through the night with the sound system causing the late start of the show. However, it was a blessing in disguise as hosts Cal-Vin and ASAPH took the opportunity to hold a Cypher.
Rappers such as Orthodox Six, P2DaOH, Biko Maximus and Indigo Saint took up the challenge with both hands and had the crowd nodding their heads in approval of the lyrics they were spitting on stage.
The production of the show was poor and disorganised with everything in stops and starts.Nothing was seamless.
At times the mics would not have volume which negatively affected the performances with some that were supposed to electrify the stage being let down by the PA system.
There were two mics that had long cords shared between the MCs, those who are presenting awards and the performers which looked clumsy for a national award ceremony. A cordless mic would have helped.
Organisers should up their game next year and if they want pointers as to how an awards ceremony is produced and executed they should attend the Bulawayo Arts Awards that will be held in the middle of next year.
There was light at the end of the tunnel as in all this disorder there were top performances which came from a female hip hop artiste Natasha Muz whose energy on stage and the way she delivered her verses effortlessly more entertaining than everyone else.
She had the whole auditorium jumping and received a standing ovation after she left stage.
The red carpet had all the glitz and glamour with local celebs showing off their outfits where the likes of Stunner were ever present taking pictures with fans. Other hip hop artistes who were at the awards include Tehn Diamond, Take Fizzo, Jnr Brown, Mr Kata and T1Nda.
Here are the winners:
Best male – Stunner
Best female – Kikky Badass
Best newcomer – Tulk Munny
Best song – Tehn, No Stress
Best group – Few Kings
Best producer – Take Fizzo
Best online media – Keep It Real Fridays
Best radio DJ – Lady K and PD The Ghost for the Fixx on ZiFM Stereo
Best album – Noble Stylz, Better Than Your Album
Best promoter – Jackson Zimboy
Best Gospel – Mudiwa Hood
Best hustle – Mudiwa Hood
Best video – Mudiwa Hood -Slayin
Best underground – Indigo Saint
Best Diaspora – Hilzy
Best verse – Guluva Se7en, Ngena ka1
Best dance crew – Super Geeks
Best collaboration – Myke Pimp – get mine ft Jnr Brown and TRK
Best alternative – Simba Tagz
Best local family supporting Zim hip hop – Team Big Family
Best TV Media – Hip Hop 263 by Naboth Rizla
Best Journalist – Bongani Ndlovu
People’s Choice – Kikky Badass. The Chronicle