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Voting is now on for the 2020 HiPipo Music Awards set to hold in March.

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2020 HiPipo Music Awards (Music In Africa)

One of Uganda’s most prestigious music awards, HiPipo has declared voting open for its ninth edition scheduled to hold at Kampala Serena Hotel on Monday, March 16, 2020. 

Voting for the pan-African awards can be done via the official HiPipo website between Monday, 6 January, and would remain on until Sunday, 15 March, providing the public an ample time to vote for their favourite acts. Public voting constitutes 70% of all votes cast, while 30% will come from members of the media as well as former winners and nominees.

The logo for the HiPipo music awards (Spurzine)

This year, the organisers of the awards added four new categories including Best Global Act, Best Campaign Song of the Decade, National Medal of Honor for Arts and Sports as well as the Decade Afrotunes Lyricist category. 

Check out the full list of nominees below.

Africa Number 1

  •  ‘Sunday’ – Slick Stuart, DJ Roja & Allan Toniks
  •  ‘Sabisubira’ – Kabako
  •  ‘Tweyanze’ – Irene Namatovu
  •  ‘Gutujja’ – B2C & Rema 
  •  ‘Love Yo’ – Feffe Bussi 
  •  ‘Signal’ – Eddy Kenzo 

Africa Song of the Year

  • ‘Inama’ – Diamond Platnumz ft. Fally Ipupa
  • ‘Mafia’ – Mohamed Ramadan 
  • ‘Baby’ – Joeboy 
  • ‘Parte After Parte’ – BigTril 
  • ‘SMA’ – Nasty C ft. Rowlene 
  • ‘Liberté’ – Soolking ft. Ouled El Bahdja 
  • ‘Blow My Mind’ – Davido & Chris Brown 
  • ‘Killin Dem’ – Burna Boy x Zlatan 
  • ‘Joro’ – WizKid 

Best Song from Francophone Africa

  • ‘C’est Pas Les Gbés Gbés Gbés’ – Shan’l 
  • ‘Miami Vice’ – Maître Gims 
  • ‘Yope’ – Innoss’B 
  • ‘#Katchua’ – Ya Levis 
  • ‘Liberté’ – Soolking ft. Ouled El Bahdja 
  • ‘Maria Pm’ – Fally Ipupa 
  • ‘OU LÉ’ – Toofan ft. Jacob Desvarieux & Kassav 
  • ‘Anita’ – Salatiel 

Best Song from Western Africa

  • ‘Killin Dem’ – Zlatan x Burna Boy 
  • ’49-99′ – Tiwa Savage 
  • ‘Ololo’ – Stonebwoy ft. Teni 
  • ‘Lucky’ – Sarkodie ft. Rudeboy 
  • ‘Baby’ – Joeboy 
  • ‘Audio Money’ – Rudeboy 
  • ‘Risky’ – Davido ft. Popcaan
  • ‘Joro’ – WizKid

Best Song from Southern Africa

  • ‘Move For Me’ – Cassper Nyovest feat Boskasie 
  • ‘Beautiful’ – Roberto 
  • ‘Chuwana’ – King Monada
  • ‘Sadza NeMuriwo’ – Jah Prayzah 
  • ‘Main Ou’s’ – AKA ft. YoungstaCPT 
  • ‘SMA’ – Nasty C ft. Rowlene
  • ‘John Cena’ – Sho Madjozi 

Best Song from Northern/Arabic Africa

  • ‘Tamer Hosny’ – Naseny Leh 
  • ‘Khatwa’ – Mostafa Hagag
  • ‘Ya Betfaker Ya Bet7es’ – Sherine 
  • ‘Mafia’ – Mohamed Ramadan 
  • ‘Ma Gazelle’ – Salma Rachid ft. Mok Saib 

Africa Fans Favorite Fresh Talent

  • Simmy (South Africa)
  • Innoss’B (DRC)
  • Rosa Ree (Tanzania)
  • Nviiri The Storyteller (Kenya)
  • Vinka (Uganda)
  • Sho Madjozi (South Africa)
  • Teni (Nigeria)
  • Mbosso (Tanzania)
  • Joeboy (Nigeria)
  • Natacha (Burundi)

Kenya Best Act

  • Bensoul
  • Otile Brown
  • Nadia Mukami
  • Redsan
  • Masauti 
  • Sauti Sol 
  • Willy Paul 
  • Zikki
  • Miracle Baby 
  • Chris Kaiga 

Tanzania Best Act

  • Rayvanny 
  • Nandy 
  • Diamond Platnumz 
  • Harmonize
  • Mbosso 
  • Vanessa Mdee 

Rwanda Best Act

  • Bruce Melodie 
  • Andy Bumuntu 
  • Amalon 
  • The Ben 
  • Nari High 
  • Butera Knowless 
  • Deejay Pius 
  • King James 
  • Meddy 

Burundi Best Act

  • Bantubwoy 
  • Esther Nish 
  • Double Jay
  • Big Fizzo 
  • Dr Claude 
  • Kirikou Akili
  • Natacha 
  • Sat-B 

East Africa Super Hit

  • ‘Vazi’ – The Ben 
  • ‘Extravaganza’ – Sauti Sol ft. Bensoul, Nviiri, Crystal Asige & Kaskazini 
  • ‘Wamlambez’ – Sailors 
  • ‘Parte After Parte’ – Big Tril 
  • ‘Uno’ – Harmonize
  • ‘The One’ – Diamond Platnumz 
  • ‘Tetema’ – Rayvanny Ft Diamond Platnumz
  • ‘Mmmh’ – Willy Paul Ft Rayvanny
  • ‘Homba Homboka’ – Deejay Pius
  • ‘That’s For Me’ – Vanessa Mdee ft. Distruction Boyz, DJ Tira, Prince Bulo

Artist of The Year

  • Fik Fameica
  • Sheebah
  • John Blaq
  • Spice Diana
  • David Lutalo
  • Eddy Kenzo

Best Female Artist

  • Spice Diana
  • Vinka
  • Winnie Nwagi
  • Sheebah

Best Male Artist

  • John Blaq
  • Eddy Kenzo
  • David Lutalo
  • Fik Fameica

Best Breakthrough Artist

  • Recho Rey
  • VIP Jemo
  • Grenade Official
  • John Blaq
  • Fresh Kid

Best A Cappella Group

  • Spring Gents
  • Jehovah Shalom
  • The Harmonics

Must Watch Talent

  • Ring Rapper
  • Zulanda
  • Karole Kasita
  • Shena Skies
  • Jowy Landa
  • Prince Omar
  • Lydia Bless
  • Kapa Cat
  • Vivian Tendo

Best DJ

  • DJ Fikie
  • DJ Shiru
  • DJ LL
  • DJ Bryan
  • Selector Jay
  • DVJ Mercy
  • DJ Slick Stuart & DJ Roja

Video of the Year

  • ‘Sunday – Slick Stuart, DJ Roja & Allan Toniks 
  • ‘Love Yo’ – Feffe Bussi 
  • ‘Gutujja’ – B2C & Rema 
  • ‘Tweyanze’ – Irene Namatovu 
  • ‘Sabisubira’ – Kabako 
  • ‘Signal’ – Eddy Kenzo 

Song of the Year

  • ‘Sirwana’ – Sheebah x Carol Nantongo 
  • ‘Bango’ – Rickman x DT Timo 
  • ‘Semyekozo’ – Eddy Kenzo 
  • ‘Do Dat’ – John Blaq 
  • ‘Gutujja’ – B2C & Rema 
  • ‘Parte After Parte’ – BigTril 

Best Audio Producer

  • T.O.N
  • Bomba Beat
  • Artin Pro
  • Producer Ronnie
  • Daddy Andre
  • Nessim
  • Diggy Baur

Best Video Director

  • Zero One Media
  • Zyga PixPest
  • Marvin Musoke
  • Aaronaire
  • Jahlive Films
  • Nolton And George (NG Filmz)

Best Songwriter

  • Jamie Culture
  • Daddy Andre
  • Black Skin
  • Yesse Oman 
  • RafikNince Henry
  • Ronnie
  • Shena Skies

Best Hip Hop/Rap Song

  • ‘Omu Bwati’ – Fik Fameica ft. Patoranking
  • ‘Level Up’ – Flex D’paper 
  • ‘Sikyo’ – Kapa Cat 
  • ‘Banteeka’ – Fresh Kid 
  • ‘Parte After Parte’ – BigTril 
  • ‘Cheating’ – Recho Rey 

Best Soul Song

  • ‘Tondekangawo’ – Shifah Musisi 
  • ‘Alemelako’ – Nshuti Mbabazi 
  • ‘Mwisuka’ – Sandra Nankoma 
  • ‘Oliwa’ – Kenneth Mugabi 
  • ‘Laavu Eno’ – Naava Grey 

Best Ragga/Dancehall Song

  • ‘Sweet Sensation’ – Sheebah ft. Orezi 
  • ‘Sima’ – Vip Jemo 
  • ‘Kingdom’ – Ziza Bafana 
  • ‘Jangu Ondabe’ – Spice Diana x Rosa Ree 
  • ‘Makanika’ – John Blaq
  • ‘Boom Party’ – Cindy Sanyu 
  • ‘Bango’ – Rickman x Dt Timo 

Best Reggae Song

  • ‘Bwebinyuma’ – Chris Evans 
  • ‘Squeeze’ – Fille & Voltage Music 
  • ‘Obadde Wa’ – Kenneth Mugabi 
  • ‘Reggea Music’ – DJ Shiru ft. Bruno K & Josesax
  • ‘Mukama Taasa’ – Trekxone 

Best Band Song

  • ‘Hajjati Wa Hajji’ – Vivian Tendo 
  • ‘Mpedde’ – Jovan Luzinda 
  • ‘Awululu’ – Henry Mwanje ft. Namiiro Reachel 
  • ‘Call Me’ – Chris Evans 
  • ‘Tugende’ – David Lutalo 
  • ‘Gwe Manyi Gange’ – Sasha Brighton 
  • ‘Ompuuba’ – Carol Nantongo 

Best Contemporary Folk Song

  • ‘Ighe Olinaki’ – Lily Kadima 
  • ‘Yanyiridde’ – Irene Kayemba 
  • ‘Tweyanze’ – Irene Namatovu 
  • ‘Bamungamba’ – Da Agent ft. Betinah Fasie 
  • ‘Miluvu’ – Afande Miah, Hoe ft. Yazo 

Best Kadongo Kamu Song

  • ‘Obuwangwa’ – Gerald Kiweewa 
  • ‘Ffa Kubikwatako’ – Kazibwe Kapo 
  • ‘Omwan’aninze’ – Willy Mukabya 
  • ‘Stress Free’ – Kasule Cereste
  • ‘Obufumbo bwekyavu’ – Jackie Kizito 

Best Zouk Song

  • ‘Wankolera’ – Lydia Jazmine 
  • ‘Yitayo’ – Chozen Blood & Winnie Nwagi 
  • ‘Ebisembayo’ – Geosteady ft. Chosen Becky
  • ‘Kyosaba’ – Chosen Becky 
  • ‘Signal’ – Eddy Kenzo 
  • ‘Gutujja’ – B2C & Rema 

Best Afrobeat Song

  • ‘Sabisubira’ – Kabako
  • ‘Omusheshe’ – Spice Diana ft. Ray G
  • ‘Silwana’ – Sheebah ft. Carol Nantongo
  • ‘Do Dat’ – John Blaq
  • ‘Semyekozo’ – Eddy Kenzo
  • ‘Love Yoo’ – Feffe Bussi
  • ‘Nkuloga’ – Grenade

Best Afropop Song

  • ‘Munda Dala’ – Nina Roz
  • ‘Sikikukweeka’ – Daddy Andre 
  • ‘Sure’ – Vinka 
  • ‘Eat zote’ – David Lutalo
  • ‘Am Different’ –Fik Fameica 
  • ‘Ebyalagirwa’ – John Blaq 
  • ‘Enyanda’ – Sheebah 

Best Social Message

  • ‘Freedom Anthem’ – Saava Karim
  • ‘Tebatusera’ – Tip Swizzy 
  • ‘Ebizibu’ – Ziza Bafana 
  • ‘Tobiloberamu’ – Fik Fameica 
  • ‘Ensi’ – David Lutalo

Best School Act

  • Amasomero G’abazira Ba Cbs 
  • Mumsa High School Mityana 
  • Wakiso Muslim S.S
  • Buddo S.S 
  • Kyadondo Secondary School Matuga
  • St. Peters S.S Bombo

Religious/Gospel Act

  • Wilson Bugembe 
  • John Marie 
  • Baby Gloria 
  • Robinsan 
  • Levixone 
  • Grace Nakimera 

Best Song from Eastern Region

  • ‘Nabushawo’ – Peter Rymz
  • ‘Miluvu’ – Afande Miah, Hoe ft. Yazo 
  • ‘Omoyo’ – Jojo Laze 
  • ‘Twatambula’ – Usher Roberts
  • ‘Kankinemu’ – Irene Kayemba 
  • ‘Busoga Tuseteyo’ – Menton Rass & Roo Ya Simba 

Best Song from Northern Region

  • ‘Anyaka Man’ – Okeng Born Town 
  • ‘Big Nayaboli’ – Original Lady Bella 
  • ‘Pililili Yoo Leng’ – Romeo Odong 
  • ‘Private Dancer’ – Pine Avenue5 
  • ‘Alur Mudhing’  – W’ojok Dekoda 
  • ‘Between’ – Prince Yubu ft. Daxx Kartel & Shim Dropa 
  • ‘Boli Free’ – General Ice 
  • ‘Par Pira’ – Professor Maros – Med MacBeepee 

Best Song from Southern Region

  • ‘Koi Koi Freestyle’ – St. Maxi Mayne ft. Gnl Zamba 
  • ‘Nkooye Obwomu’ – Mayor Chris Johnz 
  • ‘Silinda Leero’ – Juicy Landy 
  • ‘Tundula’ – Lindah Blessing 

Best Song from Western Region

  • ‘Kingambire’ – Happi Freeman 
  • ‘Nfumbata’ – Gen Geeon 
  • ‘Omusheshe’ – Spice Diana & Ray G 
  • ‘Mpaka Mpaka’ – Emily Kikazi 
  • ‘Kyahwire’ – Amani Amaniga ft. Big Beats 
  • ‘Weeshe’ – RemixRay G 
  • ‘Maama’ – Medotex 
  • ‘Byansi byakuleka’ – Kelon G 

Best Cinematography/Editing

  • Jaylive Films 
  • Marvin Musoke 
  • Martin Beta 

Most Stylish Artist

  • Eddy Kenzo
  • Grenade
  • Pia Pounds
  • B2C
  • Fik Fameika
  • Nina Roz
  • Lydia Jazmine
  • Spice Diana

Best Rnb Song

  • ‘Nkulowooza’ – Jamie Culture 
  • ‘Falling’ – Allan Toniks & Fille
  • ‘Nkwagala Omu’ – Navio ft King Saha
  • ‘Sunday’ – Slick Stuart, DJ Roja ft. Allan Toniks
  • ‘Kayayana’ – Cosign 
  • ‘Anjagala’ – Maro

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2Baba releases new album “Warriors”

The album is a key offering in the celebration of 2Baba’s 20 Years A King project.

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Award-winning Afropop icon 2Baba has released his new album titled “Warriors” earlier today, February 28. This album is released as part of his 20 Years a King (#20YearAKing) celebration, commemorating the two decades he has spent in the Nigerian music industry.

This new album contains just 13 tracks including previously released singles like ‘Important’, ‘Oyi’ and the Peruzzi-assisted smash hit, ‘Amaka’. The LP also boasts big-name collaborations like Burna Boy, Wizkid, Olamide, Tiwa Savage and Peruzzi. It also features appearances from AJ Natives, Symeca and his daughter HI Idibia.

The production of the album is handled by a galaxy of PBanks, Spelz, Blaq Jeerzy, Bolji Beatz, Speroach Beatz, Richie, Ploops and his longtime collaborator, Jay Sleek.

Interestingly, this is the first 2Baba album that comes with a title track, which also serves as the opener of the full-length project.

On Tuesday, February 25, the celebrated singer held a well-attended listening party for the album at the Artisan Lounge bar, Lagos.

His seventh studio album, “Warriors” is the long-overdue follow up to “The Ascension” which was met with mixed reviews upon its release in 2014.

Formerly known as 2face Idibia, 2baba is one Africa’s most successful artists, winning local, continental and international awards like BET and MTV Europe Music Awards.

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Netflix Announces First Original Nigerian Series

This comes just after the U.S-based streaming giant launched Netflix Naija.

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Popular media-services provider Netflix has announced the production of its first original African series to be headlined by Nollywood director, Akin Omotoso.

This would be a six-part series that features an all-star Nollywood cast of Kate Henshaw, Ade Laoye, Richard Mofe Damijo, Joke Silva, Fabian Adeoye Lojede, Kehinde Bankole and many others. 

Directed by a team of Akin Omotosho, Daniel Oriahi and CJ Obasi, the series tells the story of a reincarnated goddess who seeks to avenge her sister’s death.

This announcement comes just after the U.S-based streaming platform unveiled Netflix Naija on Tuesday, February 25, 2020.

In a statement with Premium Times, Netflix’s Chief Content Officer, Ted Sarandos revealed that “movies like King of Boys, Merry Men and The Bling Lagosians have shown how much our members love Nigerian movies. 

“So, we’re incredibly excited to be investing in Made in Nigeria stories – bringing them to audiences all around the world.”

Over the past year, Netflix has featured a number of Nollywood movies on its streaming platform. Among such movies include the culturally and commercially successful King of Boys, October 1, The Figurine, Mokalik, and Merry Men. 

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Pilani Bubu to launch new album, “Folklore – Chapter 1”

This full-length project was released in November last year.

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South African soul singer Pilani Bubu is set to hold a launch party for her latest album “Folklore – Chapter 1” later today, 27 February. This event is set to take place at Untitled Basement in Johannesburg, South Africa.

At the launch today, Bubu will perform live with a full band featuring Luke van der Merwe, Bheka Mthethwa and many others.

“My approach has always been to perform my music for at least two years live before recording,” Bubu said. “It often grows and new ideas come in.

My band members are also involved in the making of the album,” she says.

Released in November 2019, “Folklore – Chapter 1” contains a total of 17 songs and features appearances from Lebo Mochudi, Billy Monama, and others. It is the follow up to her 8-track sophomore album, “Warrior of Light” which was released to good reviews in 2016.

“Folklore is the expressive body of culture shared among a people, captured through various art forms inclusive of traditional beliefs, customs, proverbs, sayings and tales passed on through generations by word of mouth.

“In this album series I want to treasure traditional folk music, giving it a more contemporary setting, renewed meaning and more context,” she revealed about the new album.

“Folklore – Chapter 1” was produced by a team of Bheka Mthethwa, Billy Monama, Robin Fernie while Troy Lilley handled the engineering.

The album is currently available on all major streaming platforms and physical copies would be sold at the event.

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