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Late last year Nigerian music powerhouse Mr Eazi in collaboration with Empawa Africa in a bid to give back to the showbiz industry in  Africa decided to sponsor videos and provide mentorship for 100 upcoming artists from all over Africa.Among the 100 artists Zimbabwe was given ten slots and each artist will be receiving $3000 for music and video production.From the 100  ten of the top acts will join Mr Eazi,Diplo and Raye for a 3 week Masterclass in South Africa this year while two acts out of the top 10 will perfom alongside Mr Eazi in London at the Ghana Party In The Park.

The Zimbabwean acts who made the cut are
1.Gary Mapanzure
2.H3nry
3.Hillzy
4.Beat Smith
5.Union 5
6.Fusion 5 Mangwiro
7.Denim Woods
8.Cleo ZW
9.Mimmie Tarukwana
10.Zinarayah
It was in 2015 at the tender age of 15 that Nial Ainca embarked on her musical journey.Three years later she is putting in work on an EP that has an early 2019 release date.The singer,songwriter,aspiring fashion designer cum rapper has worked on a couple of singles and collaborations in 2018.One of the singles titled Gimme Love produced by AMVIS Instrumentals recently got a video directed by Yerorp and Starlord Draco.The song showcases her singing and rapping abilities while the video complements the actual song with scenes of Nial getting love from a member of the Beard Gang before chilling with her crew which we assume is discussing what went down during her intimate moments with Bae.

The Zim HipHop community converged at the Affluent Pabloz Night Club for the the 2018 Zim HipHop Awards this past weekend to reward artistes who had put in work throughout 2018.While the Venue was a tad too boujee for most of the attendees and their fans the event was generally a success with many deserving winners and some good perfomances courtesy of Asaph and Mula Nation.Asaph was the biggest winner of the night scooping Song Of The Year,Best Collaboration and Best Video for his smash hit Mambo which features Tha Dawg and Fish McSwagg.Takura scooped Best Male and Best HipHop Hustle while Mudiwa retained Best Dressed Male besides winning Hip Hop Personality of the Year.A positive worth mentioning was the auctioning of a plaque which raised $300 towards charity as  well as a pledge by corporates to gift each winner with a $100 to be invested back into the rappers' careers.

Here is the full list of the winners

Best Media Journalist – Michael Shoko

Best Online Media – The ZimTainment

Best Diaspora – Yung Tyran

Best Group – Mulanation

Best Local Brand – Zvanhuwa

Best Gospel – Courtney Antipas

Best Dance Group – Antivirus

Best Collaboration – Asaph ft Fish F McSwagg ,Tha Dawg

Best Producer – Rayo Beats

Best Club Dj – Ray Dizz

Best Underground – H Files

Best Radio Dj – Lady K & Pd The Ghost 

Best Hip Hop Hustle – Takura

Best Album – Mariachi

Best Hip Hop Verse – Ti Gonzi (scream for me)

Best Video – Asaph (Mambo)

Best Newcomer – Tanto Wavie

Song of the year – Asaph (Mambo)

Best Female – Natasha Muz

Best Male – Takura

Best Hip Hop Personality – Mudiwa

Best People’s Choice – Brythreesixty

Best Dressed Male  – Mudiwa

Best Dressed Female – Tiara
Worldwide its the norm for radio stations to honour artists on their playlists with awards that are meant to celebrate musical accomplishments achieved in any given year.Locally Bulawayo based Skyz Metro FM was the first to join this global trend but other radio stations including Power FM are coming to the party.Power FM has partnered with local cellphone brand Avion for the first ever Power fm Avion Music Awards set to be held in January 2018.Works are invited from all Zimbabwean artists as long as they were released for public consumption between 27 November 2017 and 27 November 2018.Artists can grab entry forms and submit at various ZBC studios across the country including Montrose Studios in Bulawayo,Central FM in Gweru,ZBC Mbare studios as well as ZBC Pocket Hill studios.Forms are also available at the Avion Store located at Karigamombe in the capital.

The submission period will run between 10 December and 23 December after which nominees will be announced to the general public via the press,Power FM and its sister stations in the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation.Thereafter a public vote will be held via various platforms before the actual awards showcase which will be broadcast live on ZBC.Categories for the awards are as follows:

1.Female Artist of the year
2.Male Artist of the year
3.Power Collaboration of the year
4.Newcomer of the year
5.Album of the year
6.People's choice award
7.Lifetime Achievement award
8.Best Hip Hop
9.Best House Music
10.Best Afro Pop
11.Best Zimdancehall
12.Best Jazz 
13.Best Gospel
14.Music Video of the year
15.Producer of the year
16.Entertainment Journalist of the year
17.African Power award

Further enquiries can be adressed to powerfmavionmusicawards@gmail.com or 0719498670

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