Tubonga Naawe Top Star Bebe Cool, Sheebah Fail To Win MAMA Awards
By Alex Masereka
Top Ugandan artist, Moses Ssali aka Bebe Cool is among the three musicians from the East African nation who left empty handed at the just concluded MTV MAMA Awards held in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Bebe Cool, considered the lead star in the Tubonga Naawe group of artists brought together to aid President Yoweri Museveni’s presidential campaign, had been nominated in the ‘listeners choice’ category.
Zimbabwe’s Jay Prayzah walked away with the award.
Bebe later took to his Facebook page to express gratitude to his fans saying a nominated was as good as the award.
“Hard luck,but I want to thank u all my fans for the love n support u show me and Uganda as a whole.
Being nominated is as big as a win,let’s keep the Flag of Uganda flying high.SPECIAL THANKS TO GAGAMEL FAMILY.
Gagamel forward,let’s look out for my new music video
#AZINAASEKA coming out on the 1st of nov.
Love u all.
IT’S JUST THE BEGINNING.” he wrote.
The MTV Africa Music Awards were established in 2008 by MTV Networks Africa to celebrate the most popular contemporary music in Africa.
Sheebah Karungi and Eddy Kenzo are the other Ugandan artists who lost out on the prestigious awards that give a nod of approval to one’s music status on the continent according to many.
Sheebah’s Kisasi Kimu hit was nominated in the ‘video of the year’ category. However, Congo’s Youssoupha walked away with the award with his “Niquer Ma Vie” video.
On the other hand, Kenzo lost out to South Africa’s Cassper Nyovest in the ‘Best Live Act’ category.
Below is the full list of winners
ARTIST OF THE YEAR
- Black Coffee (South Africa)
- Diamond (Tanzania)
- Sauti Sol (Kenya)
- Wizkid (Nigeria)
- Yemi Alade (Nigeria)
- Josey (Ivory Coast)
- Mz Vee (Ghana)
- Tiwa Savage (Nigeria)
- Vanessa Mdee (Tanzania)
- Yemi Alade (Nigeria) WINNER
- Babes Wodumo (South Africa)
- Emtee (South Africa)
- Falz (Nigeria)
- Franko (Cameroon)
- Nasty C (South Africa)
- Nathi (South Africa)
- Raymond (Tanzania)
- Simi (Nigeria)
- Tekno (Nigeria)
- Franko (Cameroon)
- J-Rio (Gabon)
- Magasco (Cameroon)
- Serge Beynaud (Ivory Coast)
- Toofan (Togo)
- Adiouza (Senegal)
- Bebe Cool (Uganda)
- Burna Boy (Nigeria)
- Den G (Liberia)
- EL (Ghana)
- Jah Prayzah (Zimbabwe)
- Jay Rox (Zambia)
- Kansoul (Kenya)
- Kiss Daniel (Nigeria)
- Lij Michael (Ethiopia)
- LXG (Sierra Leone)
- Meddy (Rwanda)
- Messias Marioca (Mozambique)
- Prince Kaybee (South Africa)
- Reda Taliani (Algeria)
- Saad Lamjarred (Morocco)
- Sabri Mosbah (Tunisia)
- Sidiki Diabate (Mali)
- Tamer Hosny (Egypt)
- The Dogg (Namibia)
- Yamoto Band (Tanzania)
SONG OF THE YEAR IN PARTNERSHIP WITH GOOGLE
- “Shaktibobo” – Olamide (Nigeria)
- “Reggae Blues” – Harrysongz feat Olamide, Kcee & Iyanya, Orezi (Nigeria)
- “My Woman, My Everything” – Patoranking feat. Wande Coal (Nigeria)
- “Godwin” – Korede Bello (Nigeria)
- “Ngud” – Kwesta feat. Cassper (South Africa)
- “Roll Up Re-Up” – Emtee feat. Wizkid and AKA (South Africa/Nigeria)
- “Soweto Baby” – DJ Maphorisa feat. Wizkid (South Africa/Nigeria)
- “Baddest” – AKA feat. Burna Boy, Khuli Chana, Yanga (South Africa/Nigeria)
- “Wololo” – Babes Wodumo feat. Mampintsha (South Africa)
- “Coller la Petite“ – Franko (Cameroon)
- “Unconditionally bae” – Sauti Sol feat. Alikiba (Kenya/Tanzania)
VIDEO OF THE YEAR
- “Jump” – Anatii & Cassper feat. Nasty C (South Africa); Director: Kyle Lewis
- “Caviar Dreams” – AL Bairre & PhFAT (South Africa); Director: Daniel Levi
- “If I Start to Talk” – Tiwa Savage feat. Dr Sid (South Africa); Director: Clarence Peters
- “Kisasi Kumi” – Sheeba (Uganda) – Director: Sasha Vybz
- “Niquer Ma Vie“ – Youssoupha (Congo) – Director: Antony Abdelli & Jose Eon
BEST HIP HOP
- Olamide (Nigeria)
- Kiff No Beat(Ivory Coast)
- Emtee(South Africa)
- Ricky Rick(South Africa)
- Patoranking ft. Sarkodie – No Kissing
- Sauti Sol ft. Alikiba – Unconditionally Bae
- AkA ft. Burna Boy,Khuli Chana & Yanga – Baddest
- Dj Maphorsia ft. Wizkid & Dj Buckz – Soweto Baby
- Nasty c ft. Davido & Cassper Nyovest – Juice Back Remix
BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT
- Drake WINNER
- Nelson Freitas
- C4 Pedro
- Lizha James
- Petro Show
- AKA(South Africa)
- Black Coffee(South Africa)
- Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania)
BEST LIVE ACT
- Cassper Nyovest(South Africa) WINNER
- Eddy Kenzo
- Mafikizolo(South Africa)
PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR
- Linda Ikeji
- Caster Semenya
- Pearl Thusi
- Pierre Emerick Aubameyang
- Sauti Sol(Kenya) WINNER
- Navy Kenzo (Tanzania)
- Mi Casa (South Africa)
- TiMO ODV.
- Desmond & The Tutus
- kyle deutsch & shekhinah WINNER