The MTN CallerTunez Awards were launched July 2015 as a platform used to reward hard working artists and content providers who push the ringtone downloads on mobile phones. The event only lasted 2 hours and a half in which 8 artists were awarded for their popular tunes on the MTN network.
The award was also accompanied by a handsome figure of two and a half million Ugandan shillings (2.5m) that the artists took home. Various content providers and managers accompanied their artist to this Mtn feast just to show their support.
The Awards also recognized the customers who download these ringtone, the customers who downloaded the most CallerTunez received awesome prizes from Huawei and MTN Mobile Money worth Ugx 100,000 to other eleven customers.
The artistes were awarded by their number of downloads in their genres and them monthly and over rall 2015 winner. The overall winner in the MTN Callertunez Awards 2015 with 350,487 downloads was none other than Rema Namakula yet again.
Rema’s single Mchuzi won Best Zouk and band, she was so grateful she thanked her fans on her Facebook page followed by a picture of her award.
Radio also won, taking home the award for best downloaded RnB for his hit song ‘Neera’. Radio was there to receive the award with his manager Chagga. They also went onto Facebook to share their joy saying
“And The Most Downloaded RnB Song is >>>>>>> – Neera by @RadioandWeasel . #MTNCallertunez Awards MTN Uganda 2015. Thank You So much Our Fans World wide For Downloading our Music Every Where You Go”
While addressing the media and guests, Ms. Mapula Bodibe, the MTN Chief Marketing Officer, advised artists to push for ringback tones as an alternative sources of revenue at at time when CD sales are falling and concerts are few.
She recognized the hard work artistes put in to create the content and concluded by thanking the MTN customers and the artistes for all their support.
The other winners were;
- Most Downloaded Zouk & Band – Mchuzi by Rema Namakula.
- Most Downloaded RnB – Neera by Radioand Weasel
- Most Downloaded Religious – Nali Manyi by Mirembe Catherine.
- Most Downloaded Afro-Beat & Afro-Pop – Manyaby David Lutalo.
- Most Downloaded Dancehall & Ragga – Friendly Match by Ziza Bafana ft. Zanie Brown.
- Most Downloaded Reggae – African Gal by Bebe Cool.
- Most Downloaded Hip-Hop – Broken Englishby Gravity Omutujju.
- Most Downloaded Traditional – Balemeddwa okwekoleraby Vincent Segawa.