Did The Uganda Music Awards Go To The Right Winners?

The Uganda Music Awards (TUMA) is the premier Ugandan Music award to recognize and celebrate outstanding achievement, performance and contribution to the Uganda music industry.

Last Friday the 4th of August the long awaited and much hyped first edition of these awards was finally held at Kampala Serena Hotel. Ugandan artistes, dancers and producers were consequently awarded in 25 different categories but it is the still the talk around town especially basing on the fact that a section of the public is not comfortable with the winners for some categories.

Well, we shall not sit back and give it a deaf ear but rather jump on board and flash a light into this saga which has dragged for the whole week. These awards were launched on Monday the 27th of March at Serena Hotel and for the past 4 months and a half, organisers have been creating FOMO until the awarding night.

Nominees were unveiled on Thursday the 25th of May and this is actually the point when the questions from the public and sections started popping up as they alleged some artistes were put in categories that did not suit them whereas some felt other artistes were in a way degraded because of the quality of the opponents. A good example was the ‘Best Breakthrough Artiste’ that had singers MoRoots and Kenneth Mugabi who were nominated with fast rising artistes Ceaserous, Da Agent, B2C and Ykee Benda.

Many observers feel MoRoots was in a wrong category since she has been on the scene for quite a long time and has been doing well too.

As if that was not enough, the Best Reggae Artiste category also had upcoming Bruno K and veteran songstress Juliana Kanyomozi who are not ‘defined’ Reggae singers in the same category with Reggae singers like A Pass, Jah Brixman and General Czar-Bu. There were other categories that had nominees who did not deserve to be there in the first place.

One hot argument that has also been raised is that of Bruno K winning ‘Best Reggae Artiste’ award yet he has only one known Reggae song ‘One For The Road’. May be he should have just won something like ‘Best Reggae Song’.

Bruno K after winning the award of Best Reggae artiste that has brought arguments

Well, the awarding ceremony that was hosted by singer Lilian Mbabazi and Deedan brought a lot of confusing aspects as revellers expected some artistes to emerge winners but on the contrary, the awards went to different people who were viewed ‘undeserving’.

However, in the end, the public should not maybe blame the winners but instead blame it on the TUMA academy and those few who nominated because artistes could have been nominated by individual fans and not in an informed point of view.

Check Out Public’s reaction about The Uganda Music Awards 2017 winners

 Have a look at some of the controversial categories which were questioned by the public.

 Best Female Artiste

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

Best Breakthrough Artiste

  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

Fans Choice Award

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

Best Dance Crew

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

Best Reggae Artiste

  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 Afro Pop Artiste

  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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