Musicians to get Zzina Awards
Kampala, Uganda – The story of music awards in Uganda is one of twists and turns, one full of ups and downs, one that paints a picture of inconsistency and amateurism.
After financial constraints forced Pearl of Africa Music Awards (PAM Awards) into hibernation (to put it lightly), the country has lacked serious music awards to write home about.
The disappearance of PAM Awards left a vacuum which has never really been filled up by those who have tried to organize music awards.
Last year’s Club Music Video Awards and the recent HiPipo Music Awards didn’t really cut the edge people are used to seeing international. Gospel music awards didn’t last long too.
The recent launch of Zzina Awards by Galaxy FM 100.2, a Kampala based urban entertainment radio station, targets to fill the existing gap. The awards are recognizing Ugandan artistes for the outstanding performance in the year 2013/14
Managing Director of Galaxy FM 100.2, Dr. Innocent Nahabwe believes that a media outlet is well positioned to run music awards because they best understand the business.
“Most influential music and entertainment awards are run by media. A case in point is the Grammy Music Awards run for American media powerhouse, CBS.” Nahabwe stated at the launch of the awards.The public will have a direct input in determining the winners through online voting, SMSing and through the Galaxy FM Facebook page. “The public is free to vote their nominees by visiting our website http://www.galaxyfm.co.ug/zzinaawards or type *289*4# or www.facebook.com/galaxyfm100.2,” the organizer said.
On top of the usual categories, the organizers of Zzina Awards will also recognize the best comedian, dancers, best concert, fashion police, events management, love songs and were normally awards organizers choose to recognize life time achievers, Zzina Awards will recognize the lost and forgotten singers.