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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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Kenyan ‘Softie’ to premiere in Sundance Film Festival

The subject of the film, Boniface Mwangi won the CNN Africa Journalist of the year award in 2008 .

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Boniface Mwangi’s feature documentary, Softie is set to screen at the Sundance Film Festival in New York on Saturday, January 25. 

Titled after the sociopolitical activist’s childhood nickname, the 96-minute film highlights his lesser-known struggles and accomplishments.

The 2020 Sundance Film Festival will take place from January 23 to February 2, 2020.

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Based in Nairobi, Sam Soko has engaged in civic literacy projects spanning across film, music and books. He is also the co-founder of LBx Africa, a Kenyan production company that service produced the 2018 Oscar-nominated short fiction film, Watu Wote.

The film ‘Softie’ is Sam Soko’s first feature documentary project. In 2018, it won the audience award for best pitch at Hot Docs Forum. 

The subject of the film, Boniface Mwangi won the CNN Africa Journalist of the year award in 2008 for his coverage of the 2007-2008 post-election violence in Kenya.

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Nigerian music industry to generate $86 million in 2021

This would be a huge leap from the $53 million revenue in 2018.

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The Nigerian Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has projected that the Nigerian music industry is set to generate $86 million (about N3.096 billion) in revenue in 2021.

This was revealed at the Tourism Investment and Business Forum For Africa  (Investor) organised by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and CASA Africa in Spain, yesterday, January 24.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the forum is on the sidelines of the ongoing 2020 International Tourism Trade Fair which is held annually in Madrid. 

At one of the forum panels, Mohammed revealed that the industry’s revenue grew from $36 million in 2014 to $53 million in 2018. This however still falls significantly short of the fashion and design industry which recorded N4 trillion in earnings in the same year.  

He further revealed that digital music consumption contributed the largest portion of the revenue. This aspect of the growing market has significantly boosted the industry and provided unprecedented access for local artists.

Burna Boy is one of Nigeria’s most commercially succesful artists (Instagram/ burnaboygram).

“Although the art and craft sector largely consists of an unskilled workforce and individuals from remote and poor rural areas, it contributes to addressing some of the challenges that local communities face.

“It is also viewed as a cultural activity which represents the essence of the people’s way of life and serves as an integral part of the travel and tourism industry,” he said.

He concluded that given the impressive numbers the creative industry is being identified as a sector that could aid the diversification goal of the Federal Government

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Ghana signs 5year deal with Afro Nation

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The Ghanaian government has reportedly signed a new five-year deal with the organizers of Afro Nation. With this agreement, the much-celebrated music festival will now be held annually in Ghana till 2025.

This was revealed via a tweet by Gabby Otchere Darko, a close aide to President Nana Addo and a leading member of the NPP.

The 3-day concert which held between 27th and 30th December 2019 featured some of Africa’s biggest stars including Davido, Shatta Wale, Wizkid, Stonebwoy, Burna Boy, Zlatan Ibile, Naira Marley, Mayorkun and Kofi Kinaata. It was also headlined by popular American singer and rapper, 6lack.

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