Music by Masvingo, arts awards return

Pride Masekesa

The MASVINGO Music and Arts Awards return next month after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic which brought the creative sector to its knees.

The awards, which aim to recognize excellence in the arts in the province of Masvingo, are due to take place on September 30 at the Masvingo Sports Club.

In an interview, Pride Awards organizer Masekesa said it would be a double celebration as they would also be enjoying their eighth anniversary after hosting their inaugural edition in 2014.

These awards are organized by P&P Global Brands, a company owned by Pride and Proud Masekesa and sponsored by the Masvingo business community.

“This year’s edition of the awards will be the biggest red carpet event in the province with full fledged stage performances from various artists,” he said, further indicating that they are still calling on more sponsorships and partnerships to make the event bigger and better. “The prizes are mainly intended for artists from the province of Masvingo. They can stay in Masvingo or outside, but as long as they are from the province they are eligible,” he explained.

Preparations are underway after a call for submissions of art materials at P&P Global Brands headquarters in Masvingo, in audio or video form.

Organizers are in talks with Afropop singer Gary Mapanzure and stand-up comedian Doc Vikela to be part of the awards. and the promotion of the arts and media industry in the province of Masvingo. The awards are a sign that we celebrate our own diverse talents,” added Masekesa.

Some of the previous award winners include film producer Sydney Taivavashe, late music icons Leornard Dembo and Paul Matavire, and Mapanzure, among others.

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Alice P. Darby