HIP-HOP artistes POY, Stunner, Pee Kay, Noble Styles and Schingy will square off at the fourth edition of the Zim hip-hop awards to be held on December 17 at The Wing Wah restaurant in Harare.
The five rappers, who will battle it out for the best male gong, received more nominations than other artistes for this year’s edition of the awards themed “Now is the time”.
Bulawayo’s POY’s recent album Blood Money Jacob is up for best album, best video for Dirty Game and for people’s choice award.
“I am excited about being nominated,” POY said.
“We have been working hard all year and a lot of work was put into the album with the Dirty Game music video reaching great levels on television. It has been a good year indeed.”
Zim hip-hop heavyweight Stunner, real name Desmond Chidemhe, who was nominated for the best male artiste for Southern Africa at the Afrimma Awards, was nominated for song of the year and the people’s choice award for his song Gidha.
“I was nominated for an African award so I guess it would not make sense not to appear on local awards,” he said.
“As always, it is big just to be nominated; it means a lot though I feel no upcoming artiste should be seen in the best male category. If you are upcoming you haven’t proved yourself worthy in the game.”
Masvingo’s Noble Styles, real name Prince Butawo, is up for best newcomer, best album for Masofa Panze 2 and best collaboration for the blockbuster Boyz Remukute remix by DJ Krimz beats.
“Looking at my journey and the obstacles I had to go past to be here, it’s such a humbling moment for me to be the most nominated artiste,” he said.
“I am happy that most cities have been recognised this time.” Noble Styles’ rival Schingy, real name Shingirayi Maunganidze, is up for best group with his group Team Bho, video of the year for Hamuko and the people’s choice award.
“We hope that transparency will be shown with the deserving winners rewarded for the hard work they put in for the whole year,” Schingy said.
Full list of nominees
Peekay, Schingy, Noble Styles, POY, Stunner
Trae Yung, Blackbird, Mk47, Misty, Dice
Ma1 remix — Peekay ft Roki, Briss Mbada, Legend Elly, Stunner, Mmt
Ndamutswa remix — Shingi Mau Mau ft Brythreesixty, Illceey, alvina, J barz, Nowiz
Maborn Free remix – Noble styles ft Blackperl, Trae Yung, Dobba don, Jay, Snazzy & Mr Knoxa
Boyz Remukute — Krimz beatz,Sinbad, Baller, Sharky, Noble Styles
Musanyepere Vanhu — Maskiri ft Munetsi and Quonfused
Best hip-hop group
Mmt, Team Bho, Klap, Dolla sign music, Studio Fellonies
Noble Styles, Peekay, Calvin, Trey xl, Kid Active
Masofa Panze 2 — Noble Styles, Blood Money Jacob — POY, MMT LP, Mmt, The Many Moods — Trae Yung, Number 1 — Mudiwa
Black Bird, Hot Box, Promethious, Zim Hip-Hop Report, Plot Mhako, Jibilika Dance, Elton Bryce, Mark Vusani, It’s Bigger Than Hip-hop
Rhymes Beatz, Rhyme Assassin, Capital K, Gt Beatz
Best radio DJ
Jboss, Kvg, Tbass, l-roy, Davis Mugadza and Mariachi
Best club DJ
Marc Vusani, Ray diz, DJ Kenny, DJ Deenosh, DJ Carter
Best gospel act
Bry 360, Shingirayi Mau Mau, Illceey, Mudiwa, Lil megaz
Best online media
Mcpotar, Push zw, Three men on a Boat, Hvk, African hip-hop blog
Best hip-hop journalist
Sindiso Dube, Nigel Pfunde, Yeukai Karengezeka, Tasha Gwiza, Blackbird
Video of the year
Maskiri — Amai Kani — Mmt, Zvidhori — Blackbird, Waiting for Love, POY — Dirty Game, Hamuko – Schingy
Song of the year
Tambisa — Tricky J
Ma1 — Peekay
Bho — Schingy
Number 1 — Mudiwa
Gidha — Stunner
People’s choice by public vote
Peekay, POY, Tehn Diamond, Mudiwa, Tricky j, Marques, Simba tagz, Stunner, Maskiri, Schingy
Simba Tagz, Xnder, P2daoh, Krimz Beatz, Mr Knoxa
Life time achievement —Mizchief