Zim Hip Hop Awards Disappointing
Last night I got to witness an event which was at some point no likely to take place , the 2012 Zim Hip Hop Awards.
The event is in its second year and people bore a lot of expectations, given the tickets were going for $20 for VIP and $10 for the rest of the auditorium.
The show started two and a half hours late, frustrating revelers right from the very beginning of the event. After the ‘long wait’ Crimson Blu and a male vocalist belted out the National Anthem and the pair put on a very below-par performance. Disappointing!
Just after opening remarks by Master of Ceremony J Boss, award presentations followed. The list of winners can be found by clicking here.
The Guest of Honour, the Minister of Media and Information Publicity, Cde Webster Shamu, showed great passion for the art industry by coming out together with his wife to support the Zimbabwean youth doing Hip Hop music. He saluted all artists for being passionate about their music and encouraged them to work hard in keeping their dreams alive.
The major highlight of the evening however was the presence of the mother of night’s biggest winner, Synik. She was there to celebrate her son’s achievements as he scooped three awards out of the four nominations. His mother showed Zimbabwe that parents can walk tall and stand proud supporting their children doing music. Minister Shamu gave special mention to her, called her up on stage and thanked her for being a wonderful, supporting mother. He encouraged other parents to not write off their musician children as destitute as the music industry can be quite viable and a source of livelihood as well as something to celebrate in the family. We salute Synik’s mother for taking time to cheer on her son.
However, some ‘highlights’ turned out to be quite negative and pronounced. The event was a good six hours long (the 2 and a half hour delay + the event itself). To garnish this awfully long show, the microphones frequently gave problems for the MC’s.
Now, in this country we call Zimbabwe, we were out to celebrate Zimbabwean Hip Hop artists. Amazingly enough, none of the deejays on decks bothered to celebrate local music – well not that much. Over 90% of what the crowd got was international (in fact, American ) music. This year in particular saw more artists than ever release great party songs but to my amusement and dismay, there was almost nothing local playing. It is only later that one person remembered their identity and played about just three local songs (snippets to be precise!)
Artists billed to perform were not all that entertaining to the crowd – mic and sound system issues aside. Only the Anti Virus dance group act really lit up the 7Arts theatre. It is a shame.
For a Zim HIP HOP awards ceremony, the night saw two major awards going to urban groovers, Maskiri for Best Male artist and Stunner for People’s choice awards. I believe these two deserve NAMA and ZIMA awards where their type of music they do is categorized.
People had a lot of grievances over winners in the following categories , Best Video , Best Male Female Award, Best Song , Best Male Artist and hilariously enough, the People’s choice award. Talking about or commenting on this will take me weeks so I am going to leave it like that for there are a lot of concerns to pay attention to.
The night’s greatest disappointment was the absence of the promised appearances by Zeus and Kol Produk. I personally thought these two acts were the reason behind this year’s ticket fees but alas, none of them came. Zeus indicated on his twitter that the organisers were shady and highly disorganised resulting in him pulling out. As for Kol Produk, i don’t have an explanation as yet. Did any one of the organisers bother to give people an explanation for this? A big fat no! Zimbabwe, we have been cheated !!
The general mood at the event was not exciting enough as there were more things to complain about than to be happy about by the crowd, especially with respect to how it happened. For someone who has been to different awards ceremonies and witnessed some on television, The Second Annual Zim Hip Hop awards ceremony was just a GLORIFIED PRACTICAL JOKE!
Written by Bars263’s Mariann Mhlanga (twitter: @datmarianndage)