The Zimbabwe Hip Hop Awards (ZHHA) are set to be held on 11 December,either virtually or conventionally depending on the state of Covid-19 regulations at the time of production.
Hip Hop guru and radio presenter Thorne Laroq (real name Bekithemba Sibanda) has been elevated to head of operations for the awards.
His experience in the game as a promoter and mentor has afforded him such privilege.
The sponsors of the awards, The Pogues Whiskey return for the second time to take care of this year’s edition, the eleventh.
More partnerships for the awards will be unveiled soon.
“It’s official, the Zimbabwe Hip Hop Awards (ZHHA) are back to celebrate the eleventh anniversary and they will be held on Saturday, 11 December 2021.
“As the leading authority of Zimbabwe Hip Hop culture and Africa’s first and prestigious Hip Hop awards, our mission is to use elements of popular youth culture and media to inspire, motivate and empower the music of young people by acknowledging and celebrating local artistes in their respective genres.
“We would like to announce our headline sponsor, The Pogues Whiskey, who are back on board for a second year running. Their support will assist in producing a quality awards ceremony,” said Aldian Beefy Harrison, who is the founder of the awards.
Local Hip Hop artistes have been complaining that they didn’t have proper ways of distributing and monetising their craft.
However, ZHHA have partnered TuneCore as a way of helping artistes spread their music worldwide.
“Earlier in the year, a new partnership with TuneCore, the world’s leading DIY music distributor for independent artistes was formed. Distribution has been a major challenge for artistes across the globe.
“As ZHHA, we value growth, education and success of our Zimbabwean artistes hence our partnership with TuneCore.
“By just a click of a link your music can be distributed in over 150 digital music stores and streaming services across 100 plus countries worldwide and you get to keep 100 percent of your sales,” said Harrison.
For nominations, entries have been opened as of Monday 4 October closing on 1 November.
Adjudication will run from 2 to 10 November and the nominees will be revealed on 12 November.
THE AWARDS CATEGORIES
1. Best Male
2. Best Female
3. Best Collaboration
4. Best Hip-Hop Group
5. Best Producer
6. Best New Comer
7. Best Brand Supporting Local Hip-Hop
8. Best Album
9. Best Promoter
10. Best Diaspora
11. Best Radio DJ
12. Best Club DJ
13. Best Gospel
14. Best Dance Act
15. Best Underground
16. Best Alternative
17. Best Online media
19. Song Of The Year
20. Video Of The Year & video director of the year
21. Best Hip Hop hustle.
22. Best Hip Hop verse (sweet 16 award)
23. Hip hop personality of the Year
24. People’s choice