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The Uganda Music Awards: Here’s the full list of nominees

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Eddy Kenzo leads nominations in the inaugural edition of The Uganda Music Awards(TUMA) which were announced on Thursday evening at a ceremony held at Fame Lounge.

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The “Jubilation” singer scooped seven nominations including Artiste of the year, Best Male Artiste, Best music Video and Song of the year among others.

He is followed closely by Team No Sleep queen Sheebah Karungi and Dancehall star Ziza Bafana who each received four nods.

The awards are intended to recognize and celebrate outstanding artistic achievement, technical proficiency, performance excellence and positive contribution to the music industry in Uganda.

Following the nominations, the organisers will now embark on activations, workshops and media tours across the country. These activities will culminate into the award gala night which will be held on 4 August at Kampala Serena Hotel.

Voltage music duo, Kent & Flosso pose for photo with comedian Afande Kelele (C) at the TUMA nominees party.

Voltage music duo, Kent & Flosso pose for photo with comedian Afande Kelele (C) at the TUMA nominees party.

Here’s the full list of nominees:

Artiste of the year

1.Eddy Kenzo
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

Best Male Artiste

1. Eddy Kenzo
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
5. He Go Down by Irene Ntale

Best Breakthrough Atiste

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

Best Producer

1. Kuseim
2. The Weezy
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

Best Regional Artiste (Central)

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

Best Regional Artiste (Eastern)

1. Candy man – Epucit
2. Isaiah Destiny – Mbolele
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

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

Best Traditional

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

Best Urban

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

Fans Choice Award

1. Nina Roz – Mekete
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

Song of The Year

1. Eddy Kenzo – Jubilation
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
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
5. Ganda Boys

Best Dance Crew

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

Best Hip Hop

1. Da Agent – Nkalabuka
2. Byg Ben – Nzokuse
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
4. Jah Brixman – Mwagala
5. General Czar-bu – Engeri Yokukwana

Best Kadongokamu Artiste

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

Best Instrumentalist

1. Kitanda Micheal
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 – Mbeere eno
6. Sheebah Karungi – Wadawa

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Song alert: Beckie 256 returns in double release

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Singer Beckie 256 has a had a come back after some time in the chill zone. The female singer has released two songs that could see her retain her spot on the dance floor making her fans and music lovers fall prey.

Ogamba Otya and Sikuwalana are the two latest releases from Beckie 256. While Sikuwalana is a duo featuring producer and singet Daddy Andre, Ogamba Otya is a single and Beckie 256 will make you grooves to this.

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Watch Ogamba Otya lyrics here https://youtu.be/z-kvIw1KKtQ

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I want to be like Eddy Kenzo, Ethiopia’s Tomy Plus breaks into East Africa

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Not so often do we have artistes from the horn of Africa penetrate into East Africa, after Eritrean singer Sammy is Tomy Plus who has gone against all odds to break into the very competitive East African music industry. Tomy Plus despite his short stay in the industry is impressively amazing as two of his many songs “She don’t like” and “Zena Larigat” are enjoying Massive airplay in Uganda and East Africa, not something easy.

Tomy Plus is greatly aided by his dancing talent exhibited in his videos and makes them appealing to his fans. Tomy is slowly gaining favour and following into East Africa and Uganda particularly.

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Who is Tomy Plus?

Tomy Plus real name Tomas Hailu is Ethopian aged 27 and is both a singer and dancer. His singing career started three years ago and has since done so many songs but most notably She don’t like and Zena Larigat that were done in Uganda.

He has been in Uganda three times on mission to connect with East African Countries musically as well as promoting Ethiopian Music Industry.

Tomy Plus started as a cultural dancer. He’s currently doing modern dance while singing.

He’s inspired by Chris Brown and Eddy Kenzo in Uganda.

He has performed on many big concerts in Ethiopia among them is Habesha in Ethiopia which he shared same stage with Eddy Kenzo.

Watch some of his videos here:

Zena Lagarit: https://youtu.be/iWfvQUn5vw8

Tiwejina: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8iKh2pOStNo

She don’t like: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=hYrZS9JQxWQ

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Joan Lule takea SITIMA Y’AMAKA to Top TV

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Former Bukedde and BBS Preseter has again landed in big monenies after Top TV beckoning the presenter to take on a big slot at the station.

Joan Lule’s signature TV show Sitima y’amaka is back but this time on Top TV. The show that started on 20th April has received massive acceptance and support in its two months on air. Sitima y’amaka airs every Saturday at 11PM.

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Joan Lule has maintained and kept her show interesting for long that all the stations that have sought her services have adopted the show into their programing.

Relatedly, the presenter has also shown interest in politics after announcing she will stand for Woman MP Mpigi district.

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