The Uganda Music Awards Launched

Ikiriza Enock the team leader The Uganda Music Awards Addressing Journalists (Photo by Habre Muriisa)

Organising of Awards in Uganda is slowly becoming a trend and on Monday evening (the 27th of March), we saw The Uganda Music Awards (TUMA 2017) that were launched at a media briefing which took place at Serena Hotel’s Katonga Hall. With the theme ‘Changing the future of Ugandan music industry’, they will officially award Ugandan artistes in the Central, Northern, Western Eastern and Southern regions come Friday the 4th August 2017.

Hosted by Urban TV’s Denzel, the presser which was kicked off at 4PM with performances from singers Abaasa and Afrie enlightened the different journalists, stakeholders and artistes who were in attendance on the ‘uniqueness’ they have as opposed to other awards although they are not in stiff competition with them.


Manuela who is part of the organising team of the awards reading the categories


Urban TV’s Denzel was the host

While addressing the journalists, Ikiriza Enock the team leader The Uganda Music Awards who was part of the four man group of experienced panelists in the Ugandan music industry, gave an insight of what they have in stock.

“We are not trying to do the traditional music awards type of thing, we wanted to be as genuine as we are but we are speaking as Ugandans to what this music says. We also wanted not be the Kampala music awards but Uganda Music awards, that means that it will have people from Northern, Eastern Uganda and everywhere.”


The team leader The Uganda Music Awards Mr Enock Ikiriza adreesing journalists at the launch of the awards


Gospel singer Levixone and Naava Grey in attendance


Singer Irene Ntale with her sister and manger

Ikiriza added talking about the uniqueness they boast off saying. “These awards are literally 100% about the music. It is not about who is big who is popular. It is awards show for musicians by musicians. We are not trying to compete with other awards but compliment them and cover an aspect that seems to be left out.”

The panel had people like Moses Matovu of Afrigo Band, Isaac Rucci and Dembe FM’s Eddie Ssendi who had some remarks they made concerning awards in Uganda and the entire Ugandan Music industry.


(L-R) Moses Matovu founder of legendary Afrigo Band, Dembe FM’s Eddie Ssendi, veteran singer Isaac Rucci and Enock Ikiriza Team leader Uganda Music Awards addressing journalists  and shedding more light about The Uganda Music Awards

What is unique about these awards is that, the fans will be the ones to nominate their favourite artistes in the 18 categories. All you need to do is go to play store and type ‘TUMA Uganda’ for Android  and download it as they look forward to work on users using Windows and Apple handsets.


Mr Keith Kuyoh the country representative MCC Limited Ghana explaining how to nominate in these awards using the TUMA Uganda mobile app and SMS which will  be free

In a bid to make the entire process familiar to the fans and the artistes, organisers will have activations in Mbale, Gulu, Mbarara and Masaka to allow room for artistes in those regions to take part. The nominations are already open and they will close on 21st April. On 12th May, the nominees will be unveiled at a party and voting will begin at midnight that day and close on 21st July.


Singer Abaasa singing at the opening of the presser


Singer Afrie performing at the launch of The Uganda Music Awards

Joe Kahiri and Ruyonga

Artistes Joe Kahiri of Qwela Band and Gospel singer Ruyonga at the TUMA launch


Veteran Roots Reggae singer Rs B Ssali was there too


This is how the accolade will look like

This is how to nominate an artiste in The Uganda Music Award Tuma


After downloading the TUMA Uganda mobile app, it will ask you to register with your name and phone number then sign up


After signing up, the system will bring you all the differet categories to chose from


For example if you are nominating Mighty Son as the Best Reggae artiste, type his name and Song then press the submit button.


After submitting, your nomination is then successful.

Artiste of the year, Best Male Artiste, Best Female Artiste, Song of the Year, Best Instrumentalist, Best Urban Artiste, Best Reggae/Ragga/Dancehall Artiset, Best Hip Hop Artiste, Best Afro Pop Artiste, Best Traditional Artiste/Group, Best New Artiste, Best Regionals (North, East, West and Central), Best Dance Crew, Best Music Video, Best Producer, Fans Choice Award, Gospel Artiste of the year, Best Artiste in the diaspora and Best Afro-fusion.

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