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30 Dec 2021

NACZ MOURNS VETERAN ACTOR NDUMISO GUMEDE

The National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) has expressed sadness following news of the death of veteran football administrator, Actor and Events Director (Master of Ceremony), Ndumiso Gumede (76).

In a statement NACZ Director Mr Nicholas Moyo said Gumede was a prolific actor who featured in several local film and television productions.

“He first got involved in acting through the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) radio dramas where he was part of the cast of “Sakhelene Zinini” written by legendary broadcasters Harry Nleya and Amon Nyamambi.” Moyo said.

Gumede who appeared in several stage plays and films is credited with choreographing the uprising song in the 1987 epic drama film, “Cry Freedom”, directed and produced by Richard Attenborough.

In front of the camera, his major break came when he landed the role of a priest counselling a new couple on how to avoid catching HIV in “Xola” written by Busi Dlodlo. He then appeared in several other local productions including “More Time” in 1993 where he played the role of Baba Ncube.

In 2000, Gumede played the role of Coach in “Yellow Card” directed by John Riber with Leeroy Gopal as the main actor also featuring the late Lazarus Boora “Gringo”.

Mr Moyo said Gumede was also an entertaining Master of Ceremony who entertained guests and livened up events whenever he took charge of the microphone.

“The death of Ndumiso Gumede has robbed the nation of a multi-talented individual who excelled in acting where his natural flair and passion brought a sense of reality to the parts he played on screen. His untimely demise painfully came at a time when he had become a fountain of wisdom for many upcoming artists who looked up to him for advice and inspiration in their careers,” the Director said.

Gumede passed away in Bulawayo from suspected hypertension problems.

10 Nov 2021

NACZ STICKS TO NAMA ENTRIES SUBMISSION DEADLINE

The National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) encourages stakeholders in the Cultural and Creative Industries (CCIs) who intend to submit their works for consideration for the 20th NAMA to be held in February 2022 that the deadline for the submission of works remains the 30th of November 2021.

There will be no extension to this deadline and works submitted after it has lapsed will not be considered. We would like to remind production houses, studios, stables, galleries, organisations, associations, groups, artists and monitors that they can submit their entries physically at designated submission points or online through the NACZ Website.

The collection of entry forms and submission of entries can be done at the NACZ Head office, Provincial offices, Murewa Culture Centre and any of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe offices in Harare, Bulawayo and Mutare.

Online entry forms can be downloaded at www.natartszim.org.zw/ while entries can be submitted through the link: (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSew_QD-qWRaaRe94MxHcNzYEKIIKlU0mzF0956lK23RcAFWTQ/viewform).

All entries must be accompanied by the artiste’s product(s) in the form of videotapes, cassettes, flash drives, CDs, pictures or books. Where it is not possible to submit artworks online, they may still be submitted in person at the above-listed places for use in the adjudication.

Please also note that consideration of selection will only be given to artworks published by Zimbabwean citizens or those with Zimbabwean resident status in the past 2 years covering the period from 1st December 2019 to 30th November 2021.

Individuals submitting works for NAMA are encouraged to supply three sets of the particular works/production to assist adjudicators, except where the product is from the visual arts category. The NAMA disciplines that are adjudicated are dance, film, literary arts, theatre, music, visual arts, media and spoken word.

The 20th NAMA will be a historic occasion hosted under the theme Zimbabwe and Beyond #amalevels celebrating artists who are waving the flag of Zimbabwe high across various artistic disciplines both locally and beyond our borders.

05 Nov 2021

NACZ HOLDS STRATEGY REVIEW WORKSHOP

National Arts Council of Zimbabwe Director Mr Nicholas Moyo says planning processes for the Cultural and Creative Sector (CCS) must bear in mind the government expectations of the sector to contribute meaningfully to the economic development of the country.

Officially opening the 2022 Strategic Planning Review Workshop being attended by Senior Management, Provincial Arts Managers and Head Office staff in Bulawayo Mr Moyo said the NACZ must consider the long term goals of the Arts sector in Zimbabwe by addressing its current and future challenges.

Mr Moyo said the planning process was being conducted against a background of increased prominence that the government was giving to the Cultural and Creative Industries as evidenced by its economic blueprint, the National Development Strategy 1(NDS1) that outlines the importance of the CCS to national development.

“NDS1 envisages increasing the level of local consumption of cultural, sport and recreation products and services from 15% in 2020 to 40% by 2025. This strategy we are working on for the next four days must thus provide the framework for understanding, preserving, managing, integrating, interpreting and promoting heritage and strengthening family values both in the immediate and long-term future,” he said.

The director said strategic planning is critical for the growth of any institution as it provided a framework of operations to meet set objectives and targets. He said the planning process was also designed to meet the stakeholder’s expectation for NACZ to submit the reviewed strategic documents by 30 December 2021.

“Your presence here demonstrates the seriousness with which NACZ approaches its responsibilities to the different stakeholders and this strategic review workshop is very crucial as it determines how we will operate in our different roles in the fulfilment of our mandate.

The Strategic planning workshop follows the launch of the National Cultural and Creative Industries Strategy (NCCIS) which dovetails with the NDS1 in articulating the policy objectives of the government with relation to the CCIs.

Mr Moyo said the NCCIS buttresses the direction of NDS1 by outlining the roadmap to guide the development and growth of the CCIs by identifying ten pillars that position the sector as pivotal for national economic development and employment creation.

“Our planning processes ladies and gentlemen must be guided by these two important policies that bear testimony to the fact that government considers the sector to be a critical cog in the matrix of attaining the Upper Middle-Income Economy and in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”, he said.

The Director said the strategy being developed must create a roadmap for the Digitisation, Industrialisation and Professionalization (DIP) of the CCI sector in Zimbabwe to enable players to take advantage of the government’s policy directives to contribute significantly to national development.

23 Aug 2021

20th NAMA CALL FOR ENTRIES

The National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) would like to advise stakeholders in the Cultural and Creative Industries (CCIs) including production houses, studios, stables, galleries, organisations, associations, groups, artists, monitors and/or that the period for the submission of entries for the 20th National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA) will be open from the 1st of September to the 30th of November 2021.

Consideration of selection for the 20th edition of NAMA to be held in February 2022, will only be given to artworks published in the past 2 years covering the period from 1st December 2019 to 30th November 2021. ONLY Zimbabwean citizens or those with Zimbabwean resident status can enter their work. Practitioners that have outstanding works published during the stated period can submit them at the following:

  • NACZ Head office in Mount Pleasant, Harare.
  • NACZ Provincial offices (Harare, Bulawayo, Mutare, Gweru, Masvingo Lupane, Gwanda, Bindura, Chinhoyi and Marondera).
  • Murewa Culture Centre,
  • National Gallery of Zimbabwe (Harare, Bulawayo and Mutare

Entry forms can also be obtained from any of the above offices, registered Arts Associations and, Organisations in Zimbabwe. In addition, Online Entries can be submitted through the link: (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSew_QD-qWRaaRe94MxHcNzYEKIIKlU0mzF0956lK23RcAFWTQ/viewform). Entry forms can also be accessed through the NACZ website: www.natartszim.org.zw. For online submissions, supporting materials may still need to be submitted in person at the above-listed places for use in the adjudication.

All entries must be accompanied by the artiste’s product(s). These could be in the form of videotapes, cassettes, flash drives, CDs, pictures or books. Individuals submitting works for NAMA are encouraged to supply three sets of the particular works/production to assist adjudicators, except where the product is from the visual arts category. The NAMA disciplines that are adjudicated are dance, film, literary arts, theatre, music, visual arts, media and spoken word.

NAMA recognizes outstanding achievements within the arts sector by rewarding excelling artists. The awards seek to encourage creativity and excellence in the quality of the arts, inspire artists to strive for higher and original forms of creativity and provide an opportunity for arts disciplines to jointly market and publicize their products locally, regionally and internationally.

05 Aug 2021

ZIMBABWE AND UGANDA IN FILM COLLABORATION

Zimbabwean company, Gesh23 Productions has teamed up with Uganda’s King Paul Media Entertainment (KPM) to produce a short film titled “Find Me”.

The film, a product of the inaugural NACZ/PIFF Africa 2021 Film Festival, was penned by Ugandan Paul Ssebata and is to be directed by comedian Madlela Sikhobokhobo.

The producer of the film, Award-Winning filmmaker Marshal Mpofu of Bulawayo based Gesh 23 Productions said the collaboration is the beginning of many such enterprises which will see his company producing films written by Ssebata.

“The NACZ/PIFF is the one that made us meet with Paul. It provided a platform where we shared our experiences on filmmaking and from those discussions we came up with this strategy where he writes films and we cast and produce them in Zimbabwe” he said.

The collaboration will work on the strengths of the Ugandans in scriptwriting and storytelling while Gesh23 will utilise its strength to cast and produce the films.

Ssebata said the partnership will help in promoting culture between both countries and attract tourists to visit Africa after watching content from filmmakers that tell stories of Africa.

“Furthermore, this will also allow us to connect with the international market, increase the education and level of film production in Uganda, Zimbabwe and Africa at large,” he said.

NACZ/PIFF Africa Coordinator Ms Farai Kupfavira, who is also the Provincial Arts Manager for the Midlands province welcomed the partnership and said she expected more collaborations to come out of the continental film showcase.

“This is a stepping stone not only for both NACZ and PIFF but also for the country at large. We hope this partnership will grow and spur further success for the Cultural and Creative Industry not only in Zimbabwe and Uganda, but the whole of Africa as represented by participants in the festival,” she said.

The president/founder of UCCI the parent company of PIFF Global and PIFF Africa, Ed “Umoja” Herman said he was overjoyed to see the collaboration efforts between companies from different countries in Africa moving forward positively.

“The collaboration that is now underway between KPM Entertainment in Uganda and Gesh 23 Production in Zimbabwe shows that the work we set out to do is having positive results as PIFF Africa. We hope this is the first of many to come,” he said.

“Find Me,” tells the story of a couple that experiences a bad beginning to their marriage. The wife mysteriously disappears leaving everyone thinking the husband had something to do with her disappearance. It chronicles the story of the husband’s investigation to find out the truth about what happened to his wife.

The short film will be shot in and around Bulawayo featuring a cast of Award-winning Actors including Antonate Sango, Marshal Mpofu, Ben Chest, Bhekimpilo Makhwelo and other supporting actors.

03 Aug 2021

We Are Hiring: National Arts Merit Awards Intern

Applications are invited from suitably qualified individuals to fill the positions that have arisen within the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe as listed below:

1. POSITION: National Arts Merits Awards Intern.

2. PERIOD: A fixed period of employment which may be renewed upon satisfactory performance up to a maximum of two years.

3. QUALIFICATIONS

• A degree in arts, social sciences or equivalent.
• Must have great interest in the Arts and Culture industry.
• Must be a University or College leaver who is looking forward to a career in Arts.
• Must be computer literate.

4. DUTIES

The duties and responsibilities will include the following:
i. Report to the Head in -charge of NAMA
ii. Encourage Arts Organizations to participate in the 20th NAMA edition.
iii. Assist in the completion and submission of NAMA entries.
iv. Liaising with different NAMA adjudicating Committees
v. Keep a register of 20th NAMA entries and ensuring safekeeping of the entries.
vi. Produce a report of NAMA entries and progress as at and when required.
vii. Taking minutes during adjudicator’s committee meetings.
viii. Liaising with NAMA event manager.
ix. Carry out any other duties related to the 20th NAMA edition as directed by the supervisor.

Interested candidates should submit an application letter and detailed Curriculum Vitae no later than 15th August 2021 to:

The Director
National Arts Council of Zimbabwe
Education Services Centre, Mount Pleasant
P O Box 10463
HARARE
Or Send To
Email: naczvacancies@gmail.com

20 Jul 2021

FOUNDING NACZ DIRECTOR DEREK HUGGINS DIES

The National Arts Council of Zimbabwe has mourned the death of its Founding Director, veteran arts administrator, writer and publisher Derek Huggins (81) who died in Harare yesterday.

In a statement, NACZ Director Mr Nicholas Moyo said Derek was a towering figure in the Cultural and Creative industries of Zimbabwe as the Chief Executive of the National Arts Foundation from 1975 to 1985 when it was transformed through an act of parliament to the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe and he subsequently became the founding Director of the NACZ, a position he held until 1988.

” Derek dedicated his life to the development of the Arts sector in Zimbabwe having established Gallery Delta to provide an exhibition space for contemporary paintings, graphics, textiles and ceramics of the highest standard possible. The gallery provided a home for many adventurous young black visual artists who were mentored and developed their talents,” Mr Moyo said.

Gallery Delta opened its doors to the public in 1975 with Derek and his wife, NAMA Legend Helen Leiros, as the proprietors of the centre which they designated for the promotion of contemporary painting and they managed to groom many artists including Hilary Kashiri, Fasoni Sibanda, Ishmael Wilfred, James Jali, Lovemore Kambudzi, and others handpicked from the annual ‘Young Artists’ exhibitions, as they finished their studies, and gradually emerged as important painters in the country.

” The death of Derek has dealt a big blow to Delta Gallery and the Nation at large coming just days after the passing on of his wife Helen who was a seasoned visual artist and was at the core of teaching and mentoring young artists at the centre,” the director said.

During his illustrious career, Derek he published Arts Rhodesia and Arts Zimbabwe. He published Gallery, the art magazine, from 1994 to 2002, to which he was also a frequent contributor. For over thirty years, he intermittently wrote short stories and his first anthology of stories: Stained Earth was published in 2005. His other published works include Writing Still (2003), Short Writings from Bulawayo vols. I and II, and Writing Now (2005). The Letters of Yvonne Vera and Derek Huggins‚ 2002-2004, are lodged in the archive at the National English Literature Museum of South Africa at Grahamstown.

“The sector will never be the same without Derek and we hope the trustees of the Gallery Delta Foundation for Art and the Humanities which was established in 2008 will be able to carry on the work of Derek and his wife to ensure the gallery continues to carry on their legacy of promoting the visual arts and young artists in Zimbabwe,” said Mr Moyo.

At the time of his death, Derek was still the Managing Director of Gallery Delta. May his Soul Rest in Peace.

 

14 Jul 2021

NAMA LEGEND HELEN LIEROS DIES

The National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) has expressed shock at the death of the National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA) Legend, Helen Lieros one of Zimbabwe’s finest painters belonging to a special group of the most enthusiastic teachers of art the nation has ever seen.

In a statement, NACZ Director Mr Nicholas Moyo said Helen was a visual artist par excellence, with several artworks on the permanent collection at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe.

” Her death is particularly sad for the sector coming so soon after her recognition by the government as one of the Living Legends of the Cultural and Creative Industries in Zimbabwe”, Moyo said.

Born in 1940 in Gweru, Helen, together with her husband Dereck Huggins, established Gallery Delta which has been very instrumental in nurturing a lot of young visual artists by giving them space to flaunt their respective aesthetic talents.

Mr Moyo said Helen had an incredible knack for identifying and nurturing artistic talent, and regularly imparted her invaluable visual arts skills to many artists, assisting them to blossom into top-notch creatives.

“With the death of Helen, Zimbabwe has lost an exceptionally talented practitioner and arts administrator who contributed to the growth and development of the visual arts by putting the sector on the world’s artistic map,” the Director said.

May her Soul Rest In Peace

27 Jun 2021

AU UNVEILS CALENDAR OF EVENTS FOR AFRIMA 2021

Call for entries starts on June 28 at 12.00noon (CAT)

The African Union, in partnership with the International Committee of the All-African Music Awards, AFRIMA, has formally unveiled the calendar of events for the upcoming 2021 edition of the awards ceremony. The unveiling event took place at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on June 23, 2021.

The unveiling activity marks the formal opening of AFRIMA 2021 and features a line-up of undertakings and events that would take place between June 20 and November 21, 2021.

Speaking on behalf of the African Union, the Director of health, Humanitarian Affairs and Social Development, Mrs Cisse Mariama Mohamed, noted that “The COVID pandemic resulted in multiple setbacks for the continent, but AFRIMA is a commitment to uniting the continent through entertainment and honouring their tradition of celebrating the scintillating musical culture of Africa by featuring exhilarating Pan-Africa events through the lifespan of the calendar year in 2021 and we are looking forward to celebrating the richness of the African continent alongside AFRIMA in November this year”.

According to a document signed by Mrs Mohamed, the submission of entries, marks the first official event of the 2021 AFRIMA calendar and officially opens globally on www.afrima.org to African music professionals either living on the continent or in the diaspora from Monday, June 28, by 12:00noon Central African Time (CAT) and closes on Friday, August 20, 2021. Further details on entry submission guidelines are available on the AFRIMA website (www.afrima.org).

The submission of songs and videos must be produced or released under the year in review i.e. June 1, 2020, to August 20, 2021. African music artists, managers, producers, record label owners, recording companies, video directors, Disc Jockeys, Choreographers/dancers, and international acts are eligible to submit their works or submit on behalf of their clients via the official AFRIMA website www.afrima.org for a possible nomination in one or more of the forty (40) categories of AFRIMA.

In 2019, Zimbabwean RnB star Hillzy, who is based in Cape Town, South won an All-Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) award in the category of Best Artist, Duo or Group in African R&B & Soul for his collaboration with Garry Mapanzure on TV Room.

Other activities slated on the calendar includes a ‘Pre-Screening process, where submitted entries will go through screening carried out by the Screening Committee of AFRIMA. The screening process would be done within the period of August 21 to 28 2021, after which the International Jury of AFRIMA comprising a 13-man panel of experienced, respected African music experts and practitioners will carry out the AFRIMA Adjudication process from August 29th to September 6th.

The Adjudication process involves the international jury members carefully and painstakingly assessing and selecting the very best amongst submitted entries to occupy the AFRIMA 2021 Nominees’ List. On completion, a ‘World Media Announcement of AFRIMA 2021 Nominees’ List’ will take place on September 7th to publicly unveil the African artists and works by Africans in Africa and the diaspora that have been nominated.

On September 8 the AFRIMA Academy as well as African music fans and followers around the globe begin to participate in the ‘AFRIMA Public Voting’ process to be conducted on www.afrima.org during which the 2021 nominees will receive votes that could lead them to emerge winners in the various categories of the awards. The voting process, which closes 24 hours before the main awards ceremony, would be monitored and audited by a reputable International Auditing Firm.

Finally, the main awards ceremony, set to hold from November 18th to November 2021 in the host city, features a three-day fiesta of music, glamour, Afrocentrism and entertainment. The event commences with the Welcome Soiree followed by the AFRIMA Music Village, the Host City Tour, the Africa Music Business Summit, and the exclusive Nominees Party and concluded with the live Awards Ceremony.

According to the Fans of African music globally can follow along and take part in the AFRIMA 2021 events on social media, live stream on the AFRIMA website, the AFRIMA App and by tuning to over 84 television stations that are AFRIMA partners.

In partnership with the African Union Commission, (AUC), the All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, is the pinnacle of African music awards globally. AFRIMA is a music and cultural initiative developed to celebrate, reward and showcase the rich musical heritage of Africa, stimulate conversations among Africans and between Africa and the rest of the globe about the great potentials and values of the African culture and artistic legacy to create jobs, reduce poverty, calling the attention of world leaders to Africa and promoting the positive image of Africa to the world.