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Eddy Kenzo wins big at The Uganda Music Awards. Here’s the full list of winners

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Bruno K accepting his award at The Uganda Music Awards

Bruno K accepting his award at The Uganda Music Awards.

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Eddy Kenzo was the big winner at the inaugural edition of The Uganda Music Awards(TUMA) which were held at Kampala Serena Hotel on Friday evening.

The “Sitya Loss” star won four of the seven categories in which he had been nominated. The singer who was not in attendance at the award gala night won Artiste of the year, Best Male Artiste, Best Urban and Song of the year awards.

Meanwhile, Team No Sleep queen Sheebah Karungi and Dancehall star Ziza Bafana who had each received four nominations walked home empty-handed.

Here’s the full list of winners:

Artiste of the year

1.Eddy Kenzo (Winner)
2. Sheebah Karungi
3. David Lutalo
4. Jose Chameleone
5. Bobi Wine

Best Female Artiste

1. Winnie Nwagi
2. Sheebah Karungi
3. Lydia Jazmine
4. Fille
5. Rema Namakula
6. Irene Ntale (Winner)

Best Male Artiste

1. Eddy Kenzo (Winner)
2. David Lutalo
3. Ziza Bafana
4. Ykee Benda

Best Music Video

1. Banyabo by Rema Namakula
2. Jubilation by Eddy Kenzo
3. Mariana by A Pass
4. Wantegula by Abaasa (Winner)
5. He Go Down by Irene Ntale

Best Breakthrough Atiste

1. Ceaserous – Dangerous
2. Da Agent – Mayi Mayi
3. Moroots – Kings and Queens (Winner)
4. B2C – Tokigeza
5. Kenneth Mugabi – Naki
6. Ykee Benda – Farmer Remix

Best Producer

1. Kuseim
2. The Weezy (Winner)
3. Danz Ku Mapeesa
4. Diggy Baur
5. Nessim

Best Ragga/Dancehall artiste

1. Vampino – Smart Wire
2. Cindy Sanyu – Still Standing
3. Voltage Music – Pull Up
4. Ziza Bafana – Tulimajje
5. Rabadaba – Yo Body (Winner)

Best Regional Artiste (Central)

1. B2C- Tokigeza
2. Ceaserous – Dangerous (Winner)
3. Eddy Kenzo – Addicted
4. Ziza Bafana – Tulimajje
5. Maro – Nziranago

Best Regional Artiste (Eastern)

1. Candy man – Epucit
2. Isaiah Destiny – Mbolele (Winner)
3. Josh Buxton – Akalimo
4. Mr Oj – Yongayo
5. Mas de rapper

Best Regional Artiste (Western)

1. Qreaus – Rukundo
2. Hakamukiga – Enzamba Egambe
3. Sabasaba Atatya Mbeera
4. Kigambo Araali – Tooro k’okasemera (Winner)

Best Regional Artiste (Northern)

1. Gbaraspoken – Kapia
2. Smokie Allan – No Cry/ My loving
3. Judas Rap Knowledge – Last King of Payira
4. Blamo & Laxzy – Kunu
5. MC Wang Jok – Wang Pedding (Winner)

Best Traditional

1. Candy man – Epucit (Winner)
2. Davie Mex – Motherland
3. Winnie Nwagi – Kano koze

Best Urban

1. Eddy Kenzo – Jubilation (Winner)
2. Naava Grey – Ndi
3. Abaasa – Wantegula
4. Sitenda – Nze Naawe
5. Moroots – Kings and Queens

Fans Choice Award

1. Nina Roz – Mekete (Winner)
2. Lydia Jazmine – Cherry
3. Juliana Kanyomozi – I’m Still Here
4. B2C – Tokigeza
5. Ceaserous – Dangerous

Gospel Artiste of The Year

1. Levixone – Esaala
2. Coopy Bly ft Wilson Bugembe – One Body
3. Exodus – Nyinimu
4. The Collective – Amen
5. Brian Lubega – Wakitibwa (Winner)

Song of The Year

1. Eddy Kenzo – Jubilation (Winner)
2. Rabadaba – Yo Body
3. Sheebah Karungi – Akuuse
4. Navio – Njogereza
5. Jose Chameleone – Agaatako
6. Ziza Bafana – Tulimajje

Best Afro Fusion

1. Navio – Njogereza
2. Kenneth Mugabi – Naki
3. Rema Namakula – Banyabo
4. Afrie – Yodi Yodi (Winner)
5. Naava Grey – Ndi

Best Artist in the Diaspora

1. Ang3lina – Go Down
2. Tindy Twyla – Secret Lover
3. Mark Stel – I like
4. Ferida Rose – Njabala (Winner)
5. Ganda Boys

Best Dance Crew

1. Ghetto Kids
2. H2C (Winner)
3. Clay Dance Company
4. Tabu Flo Dance Company

Best Hip Hop

1. Da Agent – Nkalabuka
2. Byg Ben – Nzokuse (Winner)
3. Gravity Omutuju – Musomesa
4. St Nellysade ft Keko – Tukomyewo
5. Ruyonga – God NDA

Best Reggae

1. A Pass – Mariana
2. Juliana Kanyomozi – I’m Still Here
3. Bruno K – One for The Road (Winner)
4. Jah Brixman – Mwagala
5. General Czar-bu – Engeri Yokukwana

Best Kadongokamu Artiste

1. Mathias Walukagga (Winner)
2. Kazibwe Kapo
3. Fred Sebatta
4. Fred Sebbaale
5. Willy Mukabya

Best Instrumentalist

1. Kitanda Micheal (Winner)
2. Joseph Sax
3. Kiracho Njoroge
4. Charmant
5. Roy Kasika

Best Afro Pop

1. Maro – Nziranago
2. Bobi Wine – Aidah
3. GeoSteady – Owooma
4. Jose Chameleone – Agatako
5. Fille Mutoni – Mbeera eno (Winner)
6. Sheebah Karungi – Wadawa

Academy Choice Award

Kaz Kasozi (Winner)

Humanitarian Award

Angella Katatumba (Winner)

Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Rose Mbowa (Winner)

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Ykee Benda clarifies on why he could not perform at World Cup finals

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When musician Ykee Benda featured Jason Derulo on the World Cup song, “Colours”, word started going round that he would perform at the World Cup closing ceremony. However, as d-day drew closer, it certainly became apparent that he was not on the line up of performing artistes.

Although he watched the World Cup final live in Russia, he has not escaped criticism and mockery from a section of the public. He has now finally come out to clarify on what happened. “I did not perform at the World Cup closing ceremony because of contractual limitations. I was invited by Coca-Cola, but the World Cup is organised by FIFA who had their own plans.”

“But even when I did not perform at the finals, it was still a win for Uganda because I raised the Ugandan flag high. It was also a dream come true for me to watch the World Cup finals live because I am a big football fan.”

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Ykee Benda spends over Ugx 50 million on new video

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Musician Ykee Benda has set the bar high. This after he premiered a new video that he says cost in excess of Ugx 50 million.

Titled “Onabaayo”, the video was officially released at a premiere event held at Fame lounge on Friday afternoon. Speaking at the event, he revealed that the new video was shot in South Africa by Nigerian video director Sesan which cost him US$ 15,000(which is approximately Ugx 52 million).

“I am excited to be unveiling my new video,” he said. “I wanted to give my fans something different. And because most of the beautiful locations around town have all been used before, I decided to shoot my new video in South Africa.”

“I shot this video in Johannesburg and it cost me US$ 15,000. I believe it will give me a competitive edge over other top musicians on the continent.” He added.

“Onabaayo” is a dancehall song, and its off his debut album, “Kireka Boy”. The audio was produced by Nessim.

Watch the video below.

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Interview: Meet DJ Kathy, a rising female deejay

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Although the deejaying industry in Uganda is still male-dominated, many female deejays are coming up lately. One such is Dj Kathy, a rising young female deejay. We caught up with her for an interview and here are the excerpts:

1. Who is DJ Kathy?

My real name is Namiiro Kathleen Anna. Although I may seem quite reserved, I am a friendly person and very passionate about music.

2. When and what made you fall in love with deejaying?

I fell in love with deejaying in 2012. But my journey in this line of business started in 2010 after joining the Kampala Music School where I studied music and keyboarding.

I think what made me fall in love with deejaying was seeing people do something I felt I could also easily do given my IT background and love for music. I had previously completed a short course in IT at Makerere University during my S.6 vacation.

3. What is your typical day like? Take us through how you prepare for a deejaying gig.

After I have been contacted for a gig and payment negotiations are done, I start preparing a playlist depending on the type of event where I will be playing and make sure I am ready for my set. But If I don’t a playlist prepared, I simply study they crowd and play music that gets them excited.

4. Are you still in school? If yes, how have you managed to strike a balance between your academics and deejaying career?

Yes, I am still in school. I am currently in my final at MUBS where I am pursuing a bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.

Juggling between school and my deejaying career is quite hard, but I believe I have managed to do it because of my persistence and taking my studies seriously. Actually for me, education is my top priority.

5. What is that one thing most people are wrong about deejays?

One thing that most people are wrong about deejays is that they think deejays did not go to school. But, I tell you these days, most deejays are graduates. Some even have Masters Degrees. I actually want to be the first in Uganda with a PHD.

Another thing people wrongly assume about deejays is that they all have multiple partners, and that is not the case because every individual has their own principles they uphold. For instance, I am still single and not even searching.

DJ Kathy

6. What is your biggest achievement as a deejay at the moment?

My biggest achievement always is when I get the crowd dancing to the music I am playing. It does not feel good to be playing music and then see all people seated. It is very demoralizing.

My other achievement was being awarded the “Best Female DJ – Central” at Ug Mix Maestro awards in 2017.

I am also proud to say that I am currently the youngest female professional deejay in Uganda, going by records kept by the DJ Association of Uganda(DJAU).

7. Is a career as deejay fulfilling financially or you need a supplementary job to meet your day-to-day needs?

I am earning quite well through deejaying, because I am usually paid per hour. About a supplementary job, I am still quite comfortable with what I earn for now because my parents still take care of the big bills like tuition and I take care of the smaller bills like my upkeep. But, I think in future I will need another job, and that’s why I am still in school.

8. Finally, what is your advice to the youth who are still scared to follow their passion?

If you are following your dream, you have to be very focused because often there are always lots of temptations that could derail you.

The other thing is that you should always pray. I am a strong believer, and I know God will always make a way where there seems to be none.

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