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Sheebah Karungi leads nominations at HiPipo Music Awards: Check out full list here!

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Sheebah Karungi performing at Nkwaatako concert

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The nominations for the 5th prestigious HiPipo Music Awards (#HMA2017) were this week released from Monday 5th December to Friday 9th December.

A total of 35 categories were released including four special categories namely; Quinquennial Africa Music Vanguard Award (2012/2016), Music Icon of the Decade (Uganda: 2006-2016), HiPipo Video Trailblazer Award and Lifetime Achievement Award. The other categories include East Africa Best Video, East Africa Super Hit, Song of the Year from Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and South Sudan. The nomination list is then completed with Uganda’s best performers as selected from different music genres and styles.

Sheebah Karungi, who has undoubtedly had an exceptional music year, topped the nominations with 11 nods including Artiste of the Year, Best Female Artiste, Song of the Year, Video of the Year and Album of the Year among others.

The other top nominees include Ziza Bafana, Radio and Weasel, David Lutalo, Bebe Cool and Eddy Kenzo with each having at-least 5 nominations.

Here’s the full list of nominees:

Artist of the Year

Ziza Bafana
Winnie Nwagi
Sheebah Karungi
Radio and Weasel
Eddy Kenzo
David Lutalo
Bebe Cool

Best Male Artist

Ziza Bafana
Navio
Eddy Kenzo
David Lutalo
Bobi Wine
Bebe Cool

Best Female Artist

Irene Ntale
Mary Bata
Rema Namakula
Sheebah Karungi
Stecia Mayanja
Winnie Nwagi

Best Music Group

B2C
City Rock Entertainment
Da New Eagles
Pine Avenue5
Radio & Weasel
Viva Stars

Best Breakthrough Artist

B2C
Carol Nantongo
Ceaserous
Ffeffe Buusi
Jovan Luzinda
Roden Y

Album of the Year

Nva Kampala by A Pass
The Chosen Album by Navio
Nkwatako by Sheebah Karungi
Sidda Mukyaalo by Young Cardamom & HAB
Zero to Hero by Eddy Kenzo

Video of the Year

#1 Spice by Young Cardamom & HAB
African Gal by Bebe Cool
Crying by Sauti Ya Africa
Kisasi Kimu by Sheebah Karungi
Speed by Juju
Viva Africa by Eddy Kenzo

Song of the Year (Uganda)

Tuli Majje by Ziza Bafana
Nkwatako by Sheebah
Njogereza by Navio
Mwana Gwe by King Saha
Musawo by Winnie Nwagi
Kabulengane by Bebe Cool

Best Audio Producer

Danz Kumapeesa
Diggy Baur
Dr Fizzo
Nessim
Paddyman
Yaled

Best Video Producer

DFH Uganda (Dr. Cyril Ducottet)
Grate Make Films (Dr. Pest)
Jahlive Films (Dr. Frank Jah)
NG Filmz UG (Dr. Nolton)
Savy Films (Dr. Sasha Vybs)

Best Song Writer

Dokta Brain
John Kay
Moses Radio
Nince Henry
Rafiki
Unique

Best Hip Hop Song

Batuwulira by BigTril ft. Fille
Bukokolo by Mulekwa Nampeera
Eh Mama by Mith ft. Maro
Nduulu by Victor Kamenyo
Nsekula by Feffe Bussi and Sheebah
Sala Puleesa by Mun G
Tunyumize by Gravity Omutujju

Best RnB Song

Addicted by Maro Ft Iryn Namubiru
I Do by Diana Nalubega
Kidomoole by Hindu Asha
Kyewankola by Fille & Ray Signature
Nawe by Clarissa Nabulime
Nsikatila by Undercover brothers

Best Ragga Dancehall Song

Emotoka by Lil Pazo
Farma (Farmer) Remix by Ykee Benda And Sheebah Karungi
Ki Ekiganye by Bebe Cool
Still Standing by Cindy Sanyu
Tuli Kuki by Spice Diana
Tuli Majje by Ziza Bafana
Walk To Work by Nutty Nathan

Best Reggae Song

African Gal by Bebe Cool
Mariana by A Pass
Namagembe by Maddox Semanda
You are Mine by Nubian Li & Katera Afrika

Best Religious Song

Abikwasaganya by Coopy Bly
Ani by Levixone
Gwensinza by Sarah Musayimuto
Happy by Exodus
Omusiibi by Swahaba Kasumba
Talemwa by Maureen Nantume and Pastor Bugembe
Sinze Ninja By Naira Ali

Best Band Song

Alintwala by Stecia Mayanja
Embosera by Jovan Luzinda
Nantale by Chris Evans
Oliwa Mukisa by Stabua Natooro
Onsaanuula by David Lutalo
Sembera by Mary Bata

Best Folk Song

Mayumba Kumi by Jackie Kizito
Njogereza by Navio
Omulangadu by Gibson Fitting & Angella Kirabo
So Nice by David Lutalo
Tindi Tindirio by Kapalaga Baibe
Africa by Henry Tigan ft Kian Banks

Best Zouk Song

Ddagala by Eddy Kenzo
Omusawo by Winnie Nwagi
Ontuuka by Carol Nantongo & Dr Hilderman
Same Way by Geosteady And Lydia Jazmine
Sembera by Irene Ntale
Sibookya by Princess Amiirah
Sibyamukisa by Rema Namakula

Best Afrobeat Song

Agatako by Deejay Pius And Dr Jose Chameleone
Aidah by Bobi Wine
Akalulu by Ziza Bafana
Mwana Gwe by King Saha
Mwana Wabandi by Radio and Weasel
Ndiwamululu by Geo Steady
Nkwatako by Sheebah Karungi
Number Emu Kabako by Roden Y

Best Afropop Song

Dangerous by Ceaserous
Kaazi Yetu Afande OJ & Afande Miah
Kabulengane by Bebe Cool
Nazaala by Lily Kadima
Nkuziniremu by Big Eye
Omulembe Guno by Aziz Azion and Sheebah Karungi

Best DJ

B2K Selector
Deejay Crim
DJ Baby Love
Dj Crisio
Dj Hearts
Dj Mark
Dj Shiru
Dj Slick Stuart & Dj Roja
Selector Jay

Best Regional Song

Ngom Ukelu by Bush Boy
Professor by Carol Kay
Kyakwera by Penny Patra Ft. Master J
Obulimi by Shine Omukiga
Ninkwesiga by Ray G Rhiganz
SeNiyo Uffura by Kmas
Leb Luo Kur by Okeng Born Town Ft Professa Big Wokos
Sekamu by Jessy Nector
Calo Fire by Tembo Hudson
Batugeya by T Jay Ft. Juicy Landy
Nalaarila by Omukajanga Jose MC Da Virus and Sarah Ntuule
I love You by Candy Beibe
Imito Gwaka by Pretty B Ft OJ Maxwell

Must Watch Talent (Commendation Certificate)

Aidan Queen
Allan Hendrick
Byaxy
Da Agent
Danra De Leader
Dickson Effekt
Hot Kawa
Jayman and T-Paul
Joe Bbosa
Kent & Flosso Voltage Music
KizAza
Lilian Fatta
Minayo
Shidy Style
Topic Kasente
Karama

Commended A-Cappella Group (Commendation Certificate)

Canaan Gents
Cape Brothers
For HIM
His Grace
Jehovah Shalom
Melody Gents
The Harmonics

Quinquennial Africa Music Vanguard Award (2012-2016)

Anselmo Ralph
Bebe Cool
Cassper Nyovest
Diamond Platnumz
DJ Arafat
Eddy Kenzo
Fally IPupa
Radio and Weasel
Sarkodie
Sauti Sol
Toofan
Wizkid

Music Icon of the Decade

Sheebah
Ronald Mayinja
Radio and Weasel
Navio
Mesach Semakula
Juliana Kanyomozi
Jose Chameleone
Iryn Namubiru
Eddy Kenzo
David Lutalo
Bobi Wine
Bebe Cool
Geofrey Lutaaya

East Africa Super Hit

Agatako by Dj Puis & Jose Chameleone
Kamatia by Navy Kenzo
Salome by Diamond Platnumz Ft. Rayvanny
Shoulder Back by Redsan
Unconditional Bae by Sauti Sol Ft Alikiba
Zigo Remix by AY feat. Diamond Platnumz

East Africa Best Video

African Gal by Bebe Cool
Kisasi Kimu by Sheebah Karungi
Kuliko Jana by Sauti Sol Ft RedFourth Chorus
Salome by Diamond Platnumz Ft. Rayvanny
Utanipenda by Diamond Platnumz

Song of the Year: Kenya

Give It To Me by Akothee Ft Mr. Flavour
No Woman No Party by The Kansoul
Papa by King Kaka ft Elani
Shoulder Back by Redsan
Sirudi by Elani and Jaguar
Tenda Wema by Ringtone ft. Christina Shusho
Unconditionally Bae by Sauti Sol and Alikiba

Song of the Year: Tanzania

Aiyola by Harmonize
Aje by Alikiba
Kajiandae by Ommy Dimpoz X Alikiba
Kamatia by Navy Kenzo
Niroge by Vanessa Mdee
Salome by Diamond Platnumz Ft Rayvanny
Su by Yamoto Band Feat Ruby
Zigo Remix by Ay ft. Diamond Platnumz

Song of The Year: Rwanda

Agatako by DJ Pius Ft. Jose Chameleone
Habibi by The Ben
Indoro by Charly & Nina Feat Big Fizzo
Ko Nashize by Butera Knowless
Only You by Ben Kayiranga Ft The Ben
Rwanda by Urban Boys
Turaberanye by Bruce Melodie

Song of the Year: South Sudan

Zaman Towil by WJ the King
Sambala by MB Law and Rhapsody Ft Radio & Weasel
Juba Karabu by Mr. Lengs
It’s you by Neetah baby
Dula Nga Ya by Kawaja Revolution.
Ana Gaid by Crazy fox

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Pastor Wilson Bugembe receives standing ovation at his first ever comedy store appearance, crowd asks for return leg

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For the first time ever Pastor Wilson Bugembe who doubles as a singer Graced Alex Muhangi’s comedy store for the weekly show at UMA. Unlike all previous shows, last nights show was different. Pastor Bugembe made both believers and not so much church people stand on their feet throughout his entire exhibition as he sang through most of his songs.

The crowd that so much turned up for the gospel singer kept on their toes wondering what the singing pastor had in store for them. A usually delivering pastor did not disappoint as he stepped on stage and later went into the standing crowd performing his ever loved songs.

Towards the end of his exhibition, the crowd asked for his Omwooyo song that he did not expect the crowd at UMA loved so much. He performed it with all hands in the air for the crowd that worshipped along. Pastor Bugembe prayed for the crowd and Alex Muhangi before introducing a group of young people that he got off the streets and now takes care of at his Nansana based church. Comedy Store audience asked he returns soon since they did not get enough of him.

The night show also featured, Spice Diana, Tonix and Chozen Blood who equally put up an exciting exhibition.

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Brunch party finally comes to Uganda

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Brunch Parties happen allover Africa ever since it’s initiation in England in the 19th century and became popular in the US in the 1930’s is finally in Uganda. As the saying goes, better late than never, the Brunch Party has come to Uganda and will take place this Sunday at Seven Trees in Kololo. The party that is titled Drunk at Brunch will happen from noon till late and for starters, the word Brunch is is a combination of breakfast and lunch, and regularly has some form of alcoholic drink served with it.

Drunk at Brunch will happen for the first time and in it’s first edition, it will run under the Havana Theme where the revelers will be required to dress in Havana inspired outfits. While the crowd will be enjoying, Breakfast, Lunch and the drinks, DJ Kasababy among other Deejays will be engaging the crowd.

The table Packages that will be available for the Drunk at Brunch Party will be The El Hefe Package that will go for Shs500k. The table of 10 or 5 and it will come with a bottle of Tanqueray or Johnnie Walker Double Black and one gigantic food platter, mixers and two complimentary hookah. The other table known as The Capo Package will go for Shs300k for 10 to 5 people. It will come with a bottle of Johnnie Walker Black, one mega food platter, mixers and one complimentary hookah. The last table known as The Consigliere package going for Shs200k. The table of 10 to 5 people will include a bottle of Uganda Waragi, one friends and family platter and mixers.

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Jose Chameleone and Teacher Mpamire clash

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Singer Jose Chameleone and Herbert Mendo Ssegujja have clashed just like the four concert dates that clashed and fell on the same day last Friday. As you read this, Chameleone and Ssegujja will both hold shows on the same day.

As Chameleone will be hosting his East Africa Ggwanga Mujje at Cricket Oval a few metres away from UMA in Lugogo where Ssegujja will hold his Teacher Mpamire Live Comedy show. The comedy show will be organized by Unik Star Agency and Chamleone’s show will be organized by Balaam Marketing Agency.

We are yet to confirm which artistes will perform at Ssegujja’s show and which ones will perform at Chameleone’s show.

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Multi-Talented Flavia Mawagi Narrates Village Love in New Song

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You might remember Flavia Mawagi from her successful debut single Napakinga and her groovy song Gutojjere, two songs that thrust her in the thick of Uganda’s music industry before she broke off to pay much more attention to her theatre and movie acting.

Now, Mawagi is back and in her own words, not about to go away again. She returns to the music scene with a new single calledNdiwakyalo, a song that will certainly have her fans and critics pay attention.

“Ndiwakyalo is a song that features a village girl who has fallen head over heels in love with an uptown guy. In the song, I labour to make a case that despite being a village girl I am ready to love him,” Mawagi says of the song.

“In the song, I bring to the relationship, rural-urban excitement and I tell my lover that he shouldn’t be surprised when I treat him like how village women treat their men. In the song, I portray a submissive but strong lover,” she explains.

Mawagi, also a practising fashion model, recorded the song at Esos Music with Micky Pro handling the production. Already the song is playing on radios across the country. A video, according to Mawagi, is being worked on.

The singer’s music journey dates way back to the days when she was a choir member of various schools she attended. She first professionally recorded a song in 2014 when she released Napakinga.

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