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Musicians jostle for Mosi music awards

WITH the deadline for nominations for the Mosi Zambian Music Awards (ZMA) approaching, musicians have taken to social media, urging fans to nominate them for the various categories before the January 27 deadline.
The ZMA have a total of 34 categories divided into two clusters; the populist and the technical or industry awards. About 15 categories are purely by adjudication while 19 are by popular vote.
Winners in the populist categories are decided by the public vote while the technical ones are chosen by a panel of adjudicators.
With the Ngoma Awards no longer a fixture on the local arts calendar, the Mosi Lager-sponsored ZMA have remained the only landmark event for artistes, well, at least for musicians.
And to their credit, the awards night is well-organised; a red carpet event in every way.
The call for nominations was announced in the second week of December, and after the close of nominations on January 27, sorting, verifying and tallying will be conducted between January 30 and February 13.
The announcement of the finalists will be on February 13, after which voting will be open to the public, who can do so through text messages, emails and Facebook.
Closing of voting and adjudication will be on March 27, after which the technical awards ceremony will take place on April 1 and the main awards on April 4.
The populist categories being competed for are Best Gospel Album, Best Mainstream Album, Best Gospel Female Artiste, Best Gospel Male Artiste, Best Mainstream Male Artiste, Best Mainstream Female Artiste, Best Hip-hop/Rap Album, Best R‘n’B Album and Best Reggae Album.
Others are Best Dancehall Album, Best Kalindula Album, Best Collaboration Album, Best Choral Album, Best New Artiste, Song of the Year, Best Male Radio DJ, Best Female Radio DJ, Best Club DJ and Best Band.
The technical awards to be decided by purely adjudication are Lifetime Achievement, Best Traditional Music Album, Best Indigenous Music Group, Best Live Recording Album, Best Jazz Album, Best Sound Engineer and Best Studio Sound Producer.
Others are Best Lead Guitarist, Best Bass Guitarist, Best Keyboard Player, Best Drummer, Best Traditional/Indigenous Instrumentalist, Best Songwriter and Best Niyatu (Zed Beats) Album.

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