The Zimbabwe Achievers Awards, which are now entering their fourth year, recently announced the nominations list for the upcoming awards show via their website. The list, consisting of 80 nominees was whittled down from over 550 public nominations.
The African Hip Hop Blog, which was founded 6 years ago by Zimbabwean Ross Hagan as a passion project while he was attending Rhodes University has been nominated in the Media Organisation category. Since its launch the website has built a strong following & established itself as one of Zimbabwe’s & Southern Africa’s largest urban music websites. The African Hip Hop Blog covers music & events from all over the continent, & now boasts a team of 7 writers from Zimbabwe, South Africa, & Zambia.
Ross Hagan had this to say regarding the nomination, “We are honoured to be nominated for such a prestigious award alongside other leading names in the Zimbabwean community. It feels great to be recognised for all the hard work the team has put in over the last few years to grow the site to where it is today.
A special mention must be made for all the amazingly talented Hip Hop artists in Zimbabwe and the rest of Africa, without whom, we would not exist.
Win or lose we are grateful for the nomination and the support of all our readers and the African Hip Hop community who will hopefully vote for us as well.” [sic]
Late last year The African Hip Hop announced it was working on a project titled The Pungwe Sessions with Zimbabwean born super producer Rymez[i] to help expose Zimbabwean Hip Hop music to a global audience. So far, three singles have been released with the first single Phil Chiyangwa topping the ZiFM charts for almost 2 consecutive months. All three singles have been receiving play on radio stations across Africa as well regular spins in the Big Brother Mzansi[ii] house. A launch party was also held for the project which was attended by the Zimbabwean Deputy Minister for Arts & Culture, Mr Supa Mandiwanzira & Mr Phillip Chiyangwa himself.
Phil Chiyangwa was co-written & performed by Jnr Brown who has also been nominated along with his rhyming partner Tehn Diamond in the International Music Artist Category.
Tehn Diamond has offered these words regarding his nomination, “I’m just excited and grateful for the nomination. I lie, I’m more surprised than anything. And to be nominated in not just the company of my brother Breezy, but the likes of Jah (Prayzah) and Hope too, that’s massive.” [sic]
The Awards will be held on the 10th of May at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, London. For more information on the event & tickets you can visit the Zimbabwe Achiever Awards Website.
To vote for or any of the nominees please click here. Each vote is restricted to two votes per category per day.
Link to Zimbabwe Achiever’s Awards website: www.zimachievers.com
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Thursday, 6th March 2014