SLEEP WELL SWEET MOON, a musical by Iyasa lost out to Brazil’s Calunga in the Young Audiences Musical Award (Yama)competition.
The production was the only African nominee competing against nine international entries including Brazil, Belgium, Canada and France.
This is the first time that Iyasa has done a production for children below the age of two.
Iyasa director Nkululeko Dube in collaboration with Austrian arts director Stephan Rabl, directed the musical based on Zimbabwean cradle songs and physical theatre.
Brazil scooped the award after an online voting victory which saw Iyasa coming second.
“I wish to congratulate Brazil for winning the international Yama 2013,” Nkululeko Innocent Dube wrote on his Facebook wall over the weekend.
“Well done Iyasa Zimbabwe for coming second out of the seven international nominations. Many thanks to all those that voted and those that battled with slow networks to vote for us!
“The nomination alone was a great honour; your votes were our greatest reward! Your support is amazing and inspiring! May all your wishes be fruitful! (On behalf of Iyasa and Dschungel Wien — Austria).”
Yama honours creativity and innovation in the field of musical productions for young audiences, from all corners of the world, created by professional ensembles of all forms, from solo artistes to orchestra and aims at identifying and supporting innovative productions that inspire and engage young people.