By Staff Writer
‘The Rockstars’ nominations 2020 are in following a Pan African announcement tour seeing several African countries each reveal a set or part of the nominees for this year’s historic 1st ever African influencer awards.
From East Africa, Tanzania’s Diamond Platnumz takes the lead with a total of 9 nominations alongside fellow artist Vanessa Mdee who landed 8 nods, followed by renowned Tanzanian media personality Millard Ayo, who received 6 nominations. US-based Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o received 7 nominations with both Kenyan world record holder Eliud Kipchoge receiving 6, with Khaligraph and Nyashinki featuring in the Hip Hop category. Ugandan singer Vinka and Tanzanian hitmaker Alikiba are nominated in 5 categories with Halima Aden (Kenya/Somalia) and Ommy Dimpoz (Tanzania) receiving 4 nominations. Kenya’s Wanuri Kahiu, Tanzania’s Wema Sepetu and Uganda’s Zari also received 3 nominations.
Among ‘The Rockstars’ 2020 nominees, Maître Gims from the Democratic Republic of Congo and France, had the most nominations at 16, including nominations in the two big categories of the major overall global African ‘Rockstar’ category, the ‘StarBoy’ category. Nigerian superstar Wizkid received 15 nods, with fellow Nigerian superstars Davido and Burna Boy each receiving 14 nominations. South African sensation Sho Madjozi who’s just had a massive year with her global viral smash hit ‘John Cena’ got 13 nods.
East Africa’s total nods are at an impressive 150. The countries with the most personalities nominated across individual categories, in order of most nominations is as follows: Nigeria 159, South Africa 146, Tanzania 62, Kenya 47, Uganda 32, Ethiopia 6, Rwanda 3, Angola 37, Senegal 27, Ghana 25, Democratic Republic of Congo 22, Namibia 18, Mali 14, Eritrea 13, Zimbabwe 11, Egypt 9, Cape Verde 8, Benin 7, Morocco 6, Somalia 6, Cote d’Ivoire 5 and Cameroon 3, with the rest of the nominee pool spread across the other African countries of origin.
‘The Rockstars’ aka The Rockstar Awards is the 1st Africa Continental awards in history for recognizing the most powerful, highly acclaimed and most influential personalities from the African continent. The award ceremony also recognizes personalities from across the rest of the world, with influence on and relevant to audiences on the African continent.
‘The Rockstars’ recognize the most influential personalities of African origin on the planet across music, entertainment, gaming, film, content, social, media, sport, environment and conservation, sustainable fashion, beauty, arts, business and innovation.
‘The Rockstars’ will broadcast and livestream LIVE in September 2020 and will reach audiences in more than 180 countries and territories across the African continent and worldwide. You can see the full Rockstars’ nominations 2020 announcement list below, and online at www.TheRockstarAwards.com and www.RockstarTelevision.com
Hymn Experience to bring christians together on Good Friday
Christians of different denominations will come together to celebrate Hymn music on GoodFriday in a Christian event dubbed The Hymn Experience. The show that will beheld at Kampala Serena Hotel is organized by Masrob Events and the idea was championed by Hymn Singer Julian Nakato also known as Nakie Julian. Accordingto Nakie, gospel events have not seen success and have not been fully supported over the years. “I sat down in 2014 and thought of how to change the mindset of those who attend gospel concerts and thought about something fresh” Nakie says. She goes on to say that the Hymn Experience is an idea he got because Hymnsongs are forgotten but loved by many church goers. This year’s theme will be Bring Back The Choir and different choirs from different churches will come together to perform for the crowd at Kampala Serena Hotel. Among the notable performers who will be on stage alongside Nakie Julian will include calvary Cross Choir, Golden GateChoir, All Saints Choir, and Jehovah Shalom which is an Acapella outfit. Singer Levixone will also perform alongside Ezekiel and Esther, the youngsters who recently won the East Africa has got talent music competitions. The only difference is that these singers will not perform their songs but will perform together with church choirs and they will perform Hymns.
Cindy looking to inspire fellow female musicians in daring Cricket Oval concert
By Our Reporter
Musician Cindy Sanyu is set for a mega concert dubbed “Boom Party Concert” slated for this Saturday, March 7 at Lugogo Cricket Oval.
The “Ayokyayokya” star will be hoping to make history as the first Ugandan female musician to take on the arduous venue, one that has predominantly been used by international artists and countable Ugandan male artists.
Although she admitted worrisomeness about the choice of venue, she insists it is for the greater good and hopes to inspire fellow female musicians with the daring move.
“As a female musician who has been in the industry for over a decade, I wanted to cement my legacy with something that has not be done before. This is why I ended up choosing to hold my concert at Lugogo Cricket Oval.” Cindy told media during a press briefing held at Bight of Benin restaurant on Monday.
“I also want to squash this notion that it is only international musicians that can fill up Lugogo as well as inspire fellow women that it can be done.” She added.
Meanwhile, Cindy has promised to give fans a memorable experience, revealing that she will be performing with twice the number of dancers and instrumentalists than she usually does.
The “Boom Party Concert” will feature other artists such as Kent & Flosso, Eddy Kenzo, Maro, Karole Kasita, Rabadaba, Silver X (from South Sudan), and Viper Ranking among others.
“I know I can’t do this on my own. I am calling on everyone to come and support me. Join me and we make history together.” She concluded.
The concert is being organised by Nexus Events and sponsored by Tusker Malt. Tickets are on sale at Shs. 20,000 (ordinary), Shs. 50,000 (VIP) and Shs 1,000,000(table).
Talent Africa’s Sam Lamara aka Samurae shines at the MTN Hip Hop Awards
For over a decade, the name Samurae has echoed through the corridors of the Hip Hop fraternity as he has been producing and engineering urban music under Talent Africa Studios. His real name is Sam Lamara and has worked with some of biggest brands that have driven the UG HipHop industry including Klear Kut, Navio, The Mith, Tucker HD, Play 01, Flex D Paper, Byg Ben, Keko, GNL and so many more. Whether he is producing the track or recording, mixing & mastering, its no secret that what Sam touches comes out a master piece. His prowess with instruments & ear for great beats have earned him his place among the most respected music producers in the country right now. Last Friday at the MTN Hip Hop Awards Samurae was awarded the accolade of the Producer of the Year.
Another product of Talent Africa is hip hop artist Tucker HD who won Album of the Year for his album titled “Vroom” which was recorded, mixed and mastered and executive produced by Samurae at Talent Africa Studios. Tucker HD now a solo artist was signed to Talent Africa in 2012 through a talent search that formed the musical group called AirporTaxi.
The Collaboration of the Year was “UG’s Most Wanted” which featured Byg Ben, Tucker HD, Tushi Polo, Play 01 and J Watts. The project was produced by Josh B and engineered, recorded, mixed and mastered at Talent Africa Studios.
The Inspirational Song of the Year was “Amen” by The Mith Ft Mal-X. The track was produced by Kozneffekt and also engineered, recorded, mixed and mastered by Samurae at Talent Africa Studios.
The Rap Fusion of the Year was a “Giddem” a collaboration by Big Tril and Talent Africa’s dancehall sensation Beenie Gunter.
Talent Africa’s CEO Aly Allibhai states “Talent Africa has always been a strong supporter of Ugandan hip hop music and culture and it very nice to see that our projects and talents are being rewarded for their hard work and dedication. We are also set to open our brand new state of the art studio premises in Kololo where we will be offering 360 degree content creation services with a brand new audio studio, video studio, editing suite, live music production and a music school. The new studios will be re-branded under the name TAG Studios.”
Vusi Thembekwayo to host cocktail this Friday
Acclaimed South African business mogul, venture capitalist and global speaker, Vusi Thembekwayo, will host entrepreneurs and business enthusiasts to a Johnnie Walker cocktail this Friday, March 6, 2020, at Protea Hotel by Mariott Kampala Skyz.
Vusi is set to land in the Pearl of Africa this Wednesday for high-class engagements with the business community at Kampala Serena Hotel on Thursday, where he will host a breakfast meeting and later on Friday, where he will host the Johnnie Walker cocktail at the Protea Hotel by Mariott Kampala Skyz.
The self-made millionaire will share from his well of expertise in strategy, leadership, and sales.
While addressing the media, Uganda Breweries Limited Head of Luxury Portfolio, Annette Nakiyaga, urged the public to seize the opportunity and draw from the wealth of knowledge Vusi will share at the cocktail.
“Johnnie Walker celebrates success, achievement, ambition and hard work. Vusi is a true representation of these values we hold dear and as such, we are more than honoured to host together with him, the cocktail at the Protea Hotel by Mariott Kampala Skyz. This is Johnnie Walker way of contributing to the passing down of the same values to entrepreneurs and the business community in Uganda,” she said.
Vusi is currently the CEO of Boutique Investment & Advisory firm in Africa, a firm that guides large and listed businesses towards more lucrative directions. He is also the chairman of MyGrowthFund, a venture capital Fund and business accelerator.
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