THE 19th edition of the National Arts Merit Awards (Nama) is on tonight at the Harare International Conference Centre with a lot of expectations from artists and the public.
Nama organisers have promised an experience that will stick in the minds of many and it remains to be seen how they will fare.
Today’s event will open with a red carpet show which the organisers have also opened to the public so they can interact with the celebrities.
According to the organisers, there will be performances on the red carpet featuring rapper Asaph plus a drama play.
A preshow has also been lined up to entertain people after the red carpet event as a way to keep the audience engaged.
With all the preparations on course, competition is brewing in the race for the People’s Choice Award with artists exploiting their various social media platforms urging their followers to vote for them.
Voting is done through text messaging and the race is heating up.
The race features dancehall music star Winky D, Mambo Dhuterere, Michael Mahendere, Bonnie Dueschele and preacher cum-musician Tapiwa Freddy.
Winky D recently won the song of the year in the Zimbabwe Music Awards (ZIMA) which saw his followers voting for him.
Freddy also has the numbers as he is one of the singers who dominated radio charts at the end of 2019. Radio charts are a matter of votes. The preacher was also using his social media calling for his fans to vote.
Mahendere is one of the popular gospel musicians with a huge following which some have attributed to his church background.
This also goes to Bonnie Dueschle which makes the race interesting.
Mambo Dhuterere gate crashed the popular contest mid 2019 with his album Dare Guru. He went on to cme up with other productions with other singers such as Mathias Mhere which helped him grow his following.