Last year (2017) almost came to an end without the much anticipated Zimdancehall awards. Usually hosted annually by its founder Phineas Mushayi and company.

Just like the previous years fans hoped it would come in the first quarter, but when that didn’t happen questions started pouring in, ‘are we having any ceremony this year?’ A fake list came out which had people hyped but was later dismissed by the usual hosts of the event (Phineas and co.).

Then when the year was about to close, the Zimdancehall awards patron, Oscar Pambuka announced that he was rescuing the annual ceremony as his last act as the patron.

The event sure came to pass, but as reports show, it was marred with confusion and controversy! Most people we talked to found the award show controversial, some sighting the best promoter award which was given to Chipaz promotions, who last promoted a dancehall artist.. (kudhara). Others even complained of the lack of the red carpet glamour at the event and poor organization.

These could as well be labelled as some mishaps, which could have been caused by Oscar Pambuka and Co being first time hosts. However, the big question is, if artists are not really benefiting financially from these awards, why bother hosting such an event?

Answers from King And Queen of Zimdancehall?

We managed to get in touch with two of the biggest winners of the night, the King of Zimdancehall award winner, Soul Jah Love and the Queen of Zimdancehall award winner Queen Kadjah.

Both artists showed appreciation for the award even though they do not carry any financial benefit.

According to Soul Jah Love, whats important is the recognition of being King. “Tinotambira zviripo hatitarisire kupihwa zvihombe ipo pasina zviripo. Tinotenda vaPambuka nezvavakatipa chakakosha kuti vazive kuti ndini mambo weZimdancehall.

We receive what is there, we don’t look for much when there is little. We thank [Oscar] Pambuka for it, what important is that they know I am the King of Zimdancehall.

Soul Jah Love managed to mesmerize the Zimdancehall fraternity last year after dropping the chart topping single Pamamonya Ipapo, which became an anthem at many events countrywide. He was going against Kinnah, Winky D, Killer T and Seh Calaz.

Another big winner was the new rising star, Kadjah real name Tariro Kadandara who shot up after dropping Nda Believer featuring Shinsoman. She is also popular for her energetic live performances.

Kadjah was crowned Queen of Zimdancehall 2017 at the award ceremony held in Harare. “I am proud to be standing among giants who have walked this path before me and who have shown with their achievements that there’s no limit to what women can accomplish if they believe in themselves.”

“I would like to thank them for showing female artists that the glass ceiling has been broken.” She said.

So to answer our question, why bother?

A few local awards have a big financial benefit on the winner, even the ZIMA (Zimbabwe Music Awards) have been criticized a number of times for having no financial reward to the artists.

Even though we hope to see a better and much organized Zimdancehall awards next time, the recognition an artist receive might go a long way in making the genre and the artist better.

Here are the Zimdancehall awards 2017 winners:

1. King of Zimdancehall 2017- Soul Jah luv
2. Queen of Zimdancehall 2017- Kadja
3.Best graphic designer- Mugo Mix and Kello
4.Best zimdancehall video- Winky D and Buffalo Souljah- Hupenyu & Seh Calaz- Mangongongo.
5.Best Zimdancehall artist outside Harare- Legion and Markman.
6.Best Producer outside Harare- Rox and Gfreshy.
7.Best zimdancehall medley- T man mount zion.
8. Most disciplined- Hwindi President and Kinnah.
9.Best live performer male- Seh Calaz and Kinnah.
10.Best live performer female- Empress Massina.
11.Best promoter outside Zimbabwe Cheesebuoy Entettainment and Don Carlo Digital 1.
12.Best dance group- Ghetto clark zone
13.Best zimdancehall clan- HKD
14. Best riddim- Marlon T threat of the year and Unoripa Chillspot records.
15.Song of the year- Pamamonya ipapo Jah luv.
16.Best zimdancehall collaboration- Killer T and Ex Q- Nhema and Boom Betto and Jah Signal-Mairevei
17.Best album – Freeman Top striker.
18.Best club dj- Dj Cables.
19.Zimdancehall ambassador- Killer T
20.Best zimdancehall manager- Wadis.
21 Best zimdancehall promoter local- Chipaz.
22.Best zimdancehall reporter print- the late Brian Penny for the Newsday.
23. Best zimdancehall reporter electronic media – Skimbo ziso regondo.
24.Best Zimdancehall diaspora – Buffalo Souljah.
25.Best zimdancehall legends – Templeman, Etherton B, Merciless, Mad Minox
26.People’s choice- Winky D.
27.Best dressed female artist- Daruler.
28. Best dressed male artist- Seh Calaz
29.Best zimdancehall radio station- Zi fm, Powerfm and Starfm.
30.Young and upcoming male- Blot and Nutty O.
31.Young and upcoming female- Fya Lady.
32.Best video Producer- SAP and Skyrocket films.
33 Best male vocalist- Guspy Warrior
34. Best female vocalist- Lindsay.
35. Best zimdancehall producer- Solid records and Sunshine.
36.Best club song- mumastreets Silent Killer.
37. Best social message- Shungu- Empress massina.
38. Best zimdancehall emcee-Abisha Palmer.

A list has been circulating on various social media and some blog sites naming the nominees for this year’s Zimdancehall Awards.

The list is a “hoax” according to a representative of the annual awards which were held last year in March at 1+1 Happy Club.

After receiving this suspicious (because it mostly contains the same nominees as last year’s) the Zimdancehall Insider team contacted the official team for the annual awards to confirm and their response was a pretty solid “Its a hoax.”

This is not the first time such hoaxes have been pulled by fans and people looking forward to support their own nominees and gain a few likes on their fake awards page on Facebook, because usually there is a Facebook link to vote.

We have contacted them [Zimdancehall Awards team] with further questions for when the official list is dropping and will updated this post when we get a response.

Check out the fake list below copied and pasted as is:

Zimdancehall 2016 Awards Nominee’s

Best male Artist
1winky d
2 freeman
3 seh calaz
4 killer t

Best Female Artist
1 Lady squanda
2 bounty lisa
3 Daruler
4 kadhija
5 lipsy

Best perfomer

1 winky d
2 ricky fire
3 Dadza d
4 Lady squanda
5.seh calaz


Best Upcoming Artist
1 blot
2 silent killer
3 Assasin
4 kadhija
5.boom betto

Best Collab
1 winky d ft oliver mtkudzi
2 hwindi pres.lady squanda ricky fire
3 bounty lisa ft blot
4 freeman ft exq

Best Producer
2 ptk
3 oskid
4 dj tamuka

1Killer t (takangodaro)
2Freeman (zvakaipa dai ndarega)
3Boom beto (amai munodonhedza musika)
4Winky d (25.25.25)
5.jah love (hove huru

1.Back in town (ptk)
2.Stage (chilsport)
3.6 finger (oskid)
4.forcus (Djfydale)

1.Freeman (mangoma i hobho)
2. Winky d. (Gafa fut)
3.Maggikal (long journey)
4.Sniper (shoot)
5.kinah (mkuru ndimambo)
2.killer t
3.Lady squanda
4.winky d
5.Tocky vibes

2.cheesbouy ent
4.cutting adge
5.Boss ngamla


1.Chipaz promotion ent (vic fallz)
4.Divine assignment

Best Club Dj
1 Gary b
2 Dj yutman
3 Cables
4 Fleva

Best Dressed Artist
1 Freeman
2 winky d
3 Lady squanda
4 Ricky fire

Best Clan in 2016
1 hkd
2 bhandit
3 conquering
4 mahwindi

Best Manager
1.Banda (winky d)
2.Wadis (jah love)
3Djsparks( Lady squanda)
4.supa (killer t)


PS: Will update you when the official list drops!

Update: Check out the official statement issued on Facebook

Please note that the list circulating of nominees for 2016 which was picked up by many social media sites on 24/01/17 is not from our organisation. We are yet to announce anything in regards to the awards.

Fungisai made head lines a few weeks ago when she announced that she no longer wants to be labeled as a Gospel artist but just an artist, besides being heavily criticized by the masses she seemed to never look back on branding herself with the new image.

This was the case of such last night at the Zimdancehall Awards held at the Long Cheng Plaza’s 1+1 Happy were Fungisai made her entrance spectacle by adding bikers in front and back as she rode in a convertible. The sound of the bikes took everyone’s attention and had the whole audience rush to the entrance to see what was taking place.

Killer T w Fungisai

Security authorities tried to control the bikers from making too much sounds but this was not taken lightly by the fans who were enjoying the rhythm the bikers were producing in what was being named ‘choir’. One fan was heard shouting ‘Usarwadziwe/ don’t be jealous’ to one of the security personnel tying to stop the bikers. KIller T and Fungisai

Fungisai scooped the Best Collaboration award together with Killer T for the song Vanondibatirana.Killer T & Fungisai

Watch Video Below or On Our Facebook Page Here

Organisers for the Zim Dancehall Awards 2016 have released the nomination list ahead of the show which is scheduled for March 3 at Longcheng Plaza Mall.

Mbare based dancehall chanter Killer T real name Kelvin Kusikwenyu and Winky D (Wallace Chirimuko) have dominated the list in some of the top category such as Best Conscious Song, Best Artist Male, Song of the Year, Best Social Message, Best Collaboration and Best Album among others.

The two are not new to the battle as they have been nominated again this year at the National Arts Merit Awards ceremony which is taking place tomorrow at 7Arts Theatre.

Again the duo’s managers Brian Murukutira (DJ Bima) for Killer T and Winky D’s manager Jonathan Banda are to be honoured with the Excellence in Management Award.

Popular radio station Star FM’s Zimdancehall and sungura has been nominated in the Radio Creativity Award Honorary.

Speaking during a press conference held at the Joina City, show organiser Phineas Mushayi said preparations are at advanced stage.

“We are happy to see that the genre keeps growing and the dancehall stars are grossing a lot of income from their craft to sustain themselves and their families. So far preparations are at advanced stage and we have released the nomination which will see a panel of adjudicators deciding on the winners apart from some category which need public voting,” he said.

He said funding has continued to be a major challenge although with limited resources they can pull through for the quality event.

Below is the list of nominations:

1. Best Artist 2016 (Male)

Seh Calaz

Killer T

Winky D

SoulJah Love

2. Best Artist 2016 (Female)

Lady Squanda


Bounty Lisa



3. Best Collaboration

Killer T/Fungisai-Vanondibatirana

Kinnah/ Terminator – Nhamo

SoulJah Luv/Ryder Marcus – Takatsika Chepakati

Winky D/ Shinsoman- Survivor

Jerry B/ Princo – Ramba Uchidaira

4. Best Vocalist


Seh Calaz


Ras Caleb


5. Song of the Year

Winky D- Disappear

Killer T- Kufambofarawo Kani

Seh Calaz – Madhudhucha

Jah Bless – Ndouya Ikoko

6. Best Social Message

Grinder – Manhungetunge

Seh Calaz – Usamurove

Killer T – Chikorobho

Tocky Vibes – Pamuromo

Winky D and Shinsoman – Survivor

SoulJah Love – Usanetse

7. Best Live Performer


Dhadza D

Soul Jah Love

Hwindi President

8. Best Zimdancehall Youngster


Bobo Fire




9. Most Promising Artist

Dobba Don

Hwindi President

Nutty O

Empress Massina


10. Best Album

Seh Calaz – Banditi Rebirth

Killer T – Ngoma Ndaimba

Winky D – Gafa Life

Terminator – Rwendo Rwehupenyu

Ras Caleb – Rascal’s Manuscript

11. Best Dancehall Dance Group

Flying Angels

Ghetto Creepers

Flying Legends

Desert Fox

Conquering Family

12. Best Conscious Song

Jah Bless-Rasta ndiRasta

Ras Caleb -Boko Haram

Celcious -Chiedza

G Brandon-Sahwira

Seh Calaz -Amai

Killer T -Kumanikidzira Rudo

13. Riddim of the Year

Oskid-50 Calibre

Rodney-PTK and Levels – Werras

JMP and T Man -Number One

Fidel – Cynosure

Sam Chris-Zim Talent

14. Best Conscious Riddim

Rodney -Werras Journey

Chillspot-My Boo


T Man- Silent Killer 3

CashLibs- Dejavu

15. Producer of the Year

T Man

Sam Chris





16. Zim Dancehall Ambassador

SoulJah Love

Killer T

Tocky Vibes


Guspy Warrior

17. Best Video

Bounty Lisa- Musandidaro


Freeman – Happy Time

Winky D- Chiramu/I Cry Medley

Sniper Storm-Anondifonera

Ziontaks – Ladies Edition

18. Best Club Hit Song

Mudendere- Dobha Don

Magetsi -SoulJah Love

Tambirai Monarch Hwindi President

Ricky Fire-Mberi

19. Most Improved Artist

Ras Caleb




G Brandon

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Honorary Awards

1. Excellence in Management Award

Brian Murukutira ( DJ Bima) -Killer T management

Jonathan Banda – Winky D management

2. Graphics Excellence

Sxool of Thots

3. Radio Creativity Award

Star FM Zimdancehall vs Sungura

4. Promotion and Mentorship Award

– Simbarashe Chakare (Bodyslam)

– Kenako Media

– Red Fox

5. Diaspora Promotion and Marketing

– Digital One

– King Alfred

– Paul Simple

– Ta International

– Propa Bless

– Abra Simz


Source -Herald