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ZMAs 2014: An evening of music and awards

B-Flow's Voiceless Woman was named Best Dancehall Album

B-Flow’s Voiceless Woman was named Best Dancehall Album

ZAMBIA’S TOP artistes returned to the Government Complex on Saturday evening for the second annual Zambian Music Awards.
As the case was last year, rapper Slap Dee took home top honours, winning the Best Hip Hop/Rap Album, Best Mainstream Album and Best Male Mainstream Artiste awards.
The rapper – real name Mwila Musonda – said his album The Business had “drained” him, and thanked his family and fans for their support. Last year, the Kuichaila star won six awards at the inaugural ZMAs.
Later, reacting to some social media posts that suggested that he was favoured, Slap Dee said people should understand that his awards come as a result of hard work and the number of votes.
Chishala Chitoshi served as the host of the event, which was televised live on ZNBC. The show kicked off with a stirring performance of ‘Kumwesu’ by Chef 187 and Pilato, with the song going on to win the Best Collaboration and prestigious Song Of The Year awards.
It was an emotional night for singer and deejay Roberto who received the Best R&B Album (My Name Is…) and Best Songwriter awards. The singer (full name Robert Banda) recalled how a partial stroke almost curtailed his music career, and how his mother urged him to pray and pursue his dreams. Accompanied on stage by Daniel Siisii on violin and Morgan Musowawa on keyboard, Roberto performed a classical rendition of his song Good woman. South African-based ballet dancer Julia brought a touch of grace and elegance that made this one of the evening’s standout performances.
Kasama-born rapper Muzo Alphonso captured the award for Best New Artiste, while the Best Choral honours went to Mt Sinai Choir for the album Namutekenya.
James Chamanyazi marked his twenty years in the music industry with an award for Best Kalindula Album (Anthu Ndiwo), while the Sakala Brothers’ Born In Matero took the Best Live Recording Album award.
Other winners on the night included B-Flow (Best Dancehall Album), Keith Kapembwa (Best Reggae Album), Afunika (Best Niyatu/Zed Beats Album), Uncle Rex (Best Jazz Album), Magg 44 (Best Gospel Album – Jijue) and Amayenge Cultural Ensemble for Best Band.
Singer Judy received the Best Female Mainstream Artiste Award, a category she also won last year. Collecting her trophy, Judy paid tribute to fellow nominees Salma and Mampi.
A radiant Karen took home the Best Female Gospel Artiste award, while Pompi picked up the male version of the award.
The Giant-killer singer thanked his parents, who were in the audience, for allowing him to live his dream.
Singer Salma, in a stunning blue dress, performed an oddly off-key dedication to Joyce Nyirongo.
There were also performances by Mumba Yachi, Chamanyazi, Karasa, Macky 2, Cleo, Ruff Kid, Karasa and a rousing event-ending collaboration involving Lota House’s Pompi, Magg 44 and Abel Chungu Musuka.
The award for Lifetime Achievement went to the late Father Miha Drevensek, and was presented to Mission Press director Danny Chiyesu. There were also posthumous tributes to Chris Zulu, Evans Mulongwe, Jordan Sinkala, Ras Willie and Charles Muyamwa.
Organised by Zambian Breweries in partnership with the National Arts Council, the ZMAs were launched in October 2012 to recognise excellence in the local music industry. POST

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