ZIMA Awards postponed due to the Lockdown. Organizers of The Zimbabwe Music Awards ZIMA have postponed the awards they had previously scheduled for 6 February 2021 to 20 February 2021, the Chronicle reports.
The development was communicated in a statement released by the ZIMA spokesperson Benjamin Ndoro who said:
Zima wishes to inform all music stakeholders that the ZIMA2021 awards ceremony has been rescheduled. This has been necessitated by the ongoing developments around concerted efforts to curtail the further spread of Covid-19 and possibly find a lasting solution to this pandemic.
We hope that by February 20th, the environment will be more conducive to hold the awards ceremony while still adhering to safe health practices.
Ndoro said they were trying to adhere to COVID-19 containment measures hence the decision and went on to say they even have a new category for the award dedicated to celebrating musicians’ efforts towards COVID-19:
Resolves to contain the spread of the vicious Covid-19 global pandemic necessitated the adoption of safe practices and among others, discouraged gatherings or holding of live events. The world of music was certainly not spared.
Nevertheless, music is still a way of life. By close of submissions as at December 31, 2020, our team had received more than 1 235 music submissions across 30 categories. Impressive and surely well-deserving of a befitting awards ceremony.
Of special interest is the buzz around the newly introduced Covid-19 Awareness Song category and response thereof.
Last year entertainers were forced to postpone events due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The famous Vic Falls Carnival was postponed and many other events that had been planned for the year.
Source – Pindula News
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