Awards season is here and by now you probably already know that a couple of our Ugandan artists have been nominated in different categories of different award shows in Africa mainly the MAMAs (MTV Africa Music Awards) and AFRIMAs (All Africa Music Awards). Firstly, I’d like to congratulate all the artists that are up for awards, a lot of work goes into getting there and I can confidently say that they all deserved these nominations.
Sheebah Karungi is up for the MAMA Video of the Year award for “Kisasi Kimu” and Bebe Cool is up for the MAMA Listener’s Choice award. Eddy Kenzo is up for the AFRIMA Best Male East African Artist (along with Chameleone, Bebe Cool and Navio), Irene Ntale, Juliana Kanyomozi and Cindy Sanyu are all up for the Best Female East African Artist.
Eddy Kenzo is also up for AFRIMA Best African Collaboration, Best African Contemporary, Songwriter of the Year, Song of the Year and Artist of the Year (along with Navio in the last two categories). Cindy Sanyu is also up for the AFRIMA Best African Reggae/Ragga/Dancehall along with Ziza Bafana.
It is good to see that Ugandan artists dominated in numbers when it comes to nominations within the East African region which is evidence that as much as there might be some bigger artists from other East African countries, Uganda as a country is supreme in this region which is a step in the right direction if we are to ever dominate the continent at large.
I want to call upon all Ugandans to remember to spare some time and vote our Ugandan artists. If you feel that some other African artist is more deserving of the award in a particular category where there’s a Ugandan artist nominated too, we can’t stop you from voting for them but if you are more focused on getting our names out there and having our industry gain more recognition for its contribution to African music annually, then by all means vote for the Ugandans.
Don’t forget to share and remind your friends to do the same, let’s support Ugandan music as much as we can.