REVIEW: The Bulawayo Arts Awards




It was precisely 16:38pm when l entered the deemly lit large city hall to cover the event. From the door to the stage, the place was covered by product placements and banners.. Sarah Mpofu's Fingers Modelling Agency's models had just came and within a flash they were readily dressed for the event, they were spotting black and gold whilst their queen was in all gold with her hair a puffy white and gold pattern.

As the sun set, the red carpet was a hive of activity and the celebrities certainly came out in their numbers lining up to get a shot at being recorded LIVE during the red carpet interviews.

The ceremony was of great magnitude and from the first performance was vey energetic with more than 10 youths performing. Kadder and Khoi Khoi lit up the stage with the performance of 'Yes l am'. The rest of the performances were exceptional too and no doubt the Kalanga Child performance was far by the best of them all.

My most heartflet moment was when Cont Mhlanga was given a Lifetime Achievement award and a plough courtsey of Zim Plough.

There was a surprise award that was given to Ben for attending the majority of events in Bulawayo and in his speech he stated that he had travelled to areas like Vic Falls, Masvingo and Harare to just to be merely entertained by our talented artists.

One of the funniest moments at the Bulawayo Arts Awards came when SkyzMetro FM host, Patience Phiri drank an Ingwebu Brew Beer and Mzoe 7 came wearing a grey fur-like night gown written GAGAGUGU (in red) on his back (I had told him to come wearing something warm but sophisticated and he came wearing just that), the sneakers complimented the look and he just had to go all fancy by giving all his crew Mzoe 7 signature animation cups which were in the colour red as well and finally when Madlela asked the mayor of Bulawayo for a stand to make a show.

The most entertaining moment was probably watching CaL_Vin and Madlela scooping awards over and over again.

Overrall, the event was extremely good and entertaining, it was well planned. According to Nkululeko Nkala (one of the event organisers), there were over 1 500 tickets that were sold!
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