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AFRIMMA AWARDS: Kenzo Beats Bebe Cool To Win Best East African Artiste Award, Ykee Benda Wins Best Upcoming African Artiste



Musicians Edrisa Musuuza alias Kenzo and Ykee Benda lifted Uganda’s flag High in the 2018 Annual African Music Magazine Awards (AFRIMMA) that took place at House of Blues in Dallas Texas yesterday.

Kenzo beat fellow Ugandan artist Bebe Cool and Tanzania’s music dynamo Diamond Platinumz to emerge as the winner of East African Artiste of the Year while Ykee Benda won the African Newcomer artiste of the year award.

“Team Eddy Kenzo thank you for the Hustle guys!!! we have again made 256 proud. We made it to  AFRIMMA USA Best East 2018 AND FOR OUR BROTHER Ykee benda WE are so proud of you congrats brother you made 256 Super proud. And big thanks to everyone,” Kenzo thanked his fans for the support.

Below is the full list of winners:

Best Newcomer

Ykee Benda – Uganda (Winner)

Mayorkun – Nigeria

Kuami Eugene – Ghana

Distruction Boyz- South Africa

King Promise – Ghana

Tenor -Cameroon

Dice Ailes – Nigeria

Arrow Boy – Kenya

Neru Americano – Angola

Afro B – Ivory Coast

Song of The Year

Wizkid – Soco (Winner)

Big Shaq – Man’s Not Hot

Davido – FIA

Distruction Boyz – Omunye

Diamond Platnumz ft Omarion – African Beauty

Afro B – Joanna (Drogba)

Nasty C & Runtown – Said

Duncan Mighty ft Wizkid – Fake Love

Major Lazer & Dj Maphoriza ft Ice Prince , Nasty C , Patoranking & Jidenna – Particular

Harmonize ft Diamond Platnumz – Kwangaru

Best Male East Africa

Eddy Kenzo – Uganda (Winner)

Diamond Platnumz – Tanzania

Harmonize – Tanzania

Ommy Dimpoz – Tanzania

Sauti Sol – Kenya

Khaligraph Jones – Kenya

Ali Kiba – Tanzania

Bebe Cool – Uganda

Nyashinski – Kenya

Juma Jux – Tanzania

Artist of the Year: Fally Ipupa (Congo)

Other winners include:

Humanitarian Award: Flavour

Afrimma Shinning Star Award: Semah

Afrimma Beacon of Hope Award: Queen Julie Endee

Artist of the Year: Fally Ipupa

Leadership Award: Fally Ipupa

Song Of The Year: Soco x Wizkid

Afrimma Achievers Award: Bismack Biyombo

Best Live Act: Flavour

Best Female West Africa: Yemi Alade

Best Rap Act: Kaligraph Jones

Best African Dancer: DeDe Emah

Best African Group: Toofan

Best Francophone: Toofan

Best Gospel: Papa Dennis (Kenya)

Best DJ Africa: DJ Dollar Best Lusophone: Kaioku


By Monica Atwiine



Music Promoters Plan To Petition Speaker Over Bobiwine – Police Harrasmentent




Music promoters are set to petition the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga protesting the move by police to block all Bobi Wine’s concerts during the festive season

According to Kyadondo East MP also known as Bobi Wine, police banned all his planned concert without a clear explanation. Promoters under their umbrella Uganda Music Promoters and Venue Owners’ Network notified the speaker about the petition to be presented tomorrow.
Speaking to media, the association’s coordinator Tony Ssempijja said they are meeting today to finalize their arrangements.

Ssempijja further add as that police’s ban on Bobi concerts is likely to force promoters, venue owners and musicians out of the business and this comes after police blocked Bobi Wine’s concert in Jinja over the weekend.


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Police Seal Off Hotel After Blocking Bobiwine’s Performance



Police standing outside City hotel last evening

Police in Jinja District is reported to have raided City Hotel last evening in search for Musician turned politician Hon. Ssentamu Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobiwine.

Bobiwine who slated to perform on Saturday evening, said through his Facebook page that police had ordered his team out of town and escorted them to Lugazi on gun point.”They have beaten some of them, dragged them onto police pick-up cars and driven them to unknown destinations for no offence whatsoever. Meanwhile, I am still in Jinja town. The police are looking for me everywhere. They have even blocked some roads in search for me! I will try not to avail myself to them. Arua is still fresh in our minds, and we know what they can do. But this injustice must end and we must put it to an end by ourselves. No one else will do it for us,” Mr Kyagulanyi said.

Facebook picture retrieved from Bobiwine’s page



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I Can’t Compete With Any Artiste In Uganda, I Am Now Focusing On International Competition – Bebe Cool



Moses Ssali alias Bebe Cool who has just returned in the country says that the music industry in the country has been on a standstill for the last two and half months he has been out of the country and now that he is back, music will talk as usual.

The AFRIMA award winner says that the two months he has been in America, he hasn’t heard anything to talk about in the music industry which shows clearly that he leads and understands this industry more than any other person .

“Am back, I am the king of the industry in Uganda, people had no talk and the award is here also ,I don’t see any artist that I can compete with me in Uganda. I have now put focus on the international artists especially the South Africans who tend to do better music and videos,” Bebe Cool said.

In a press conference held at Torino hotel in Kampala, Bebe Cool also revealed to the media that he has brought in very good cameras and he is now going to set up a Gagamel Studio aimed at promoting talents and good artists will have a chance of recording audio and videos for free.

“I have always gone abroad to shoot music videos and l have always paid a lot of money for these videos but now Uganda can have this money here, every good talent be it Apass can record his videos and audios for free with us so long as they have good music, I am here to promote talent, I have brought in two good cameras and one of the cameras cannot be found in East Africa, so the money will remain in the economy of the country.” Bebe Cool narrated

Bebe Cool has also revealed that he has now focused on helping the needy by paying school fees for more than two hundred children for a full year through his Amber Heart Foundation.

He says that he is using the concert dumbed ‘tondeka e Kiwatule’ scheduled this month to collect the money which will be used to pay fees for these children . He called upon Ugandans to stop politicizing concerts. Bebe was accompanied by five children who he funded for heart operation at Amber Heart Foundation in India.


By Mboowa Nathan


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