A FAST-RISING 'Bongo flava' star, Abbas Hamis best known as '20 Percent' will lead the pack at the upcoming Kilimanjaro Music Awards after landing seven nominations for the 2010 awards.
'20 Percent' will compete for Best Male Artist, Best Male Singer, Best Song Writer of the Year, while his two hit tracks 'Ya Nini Malumbano' and 'Tamaa Mbaya' are up for Best Song of the Year and Best Afro Pop Song. Upcoming singer Linah also dominates the nominations with five nods, including Best Female Artist of the Year, Best Female Singer and Best Upcoming Artist, whilst her 'Atatamani' track is up for Best R&B song, and her 'Bora Nikimbie' competing for Best Zouk/Rhumba Single of the year.
Nasib Abdul Juma, famously known as Diamond, winner of three awards during the 2009 edition held at the Diamond Jubilee last year, 'Upcoming', "Best R&B Single" and "Best Song of the Year" awards is still in for more recognitions and scored four nominations, including Best Male Artist, Best Male Singer of the Year, while his 'Mbagala' hit will be among the tunes vying for Best Afro Pop Single.
Diamond is also nominated in the Most Popular Video of the Year category. Songbird Lady Jaydee and gentle singer Barnabas landed four nominations each for the fan-voted gala set for March 26 in Dar es Salaam.
Hit track Mama Ntilie by Gelly wa Ryme feat AT & Ray C also stood out after bagging four nominations, including Best Song of the Year, Best Collaboration Single and Most Popular Video of the Year.
And this year's nominees for Best Female Artist of the Year include Lady Jay Dee, Mwasiti, Shaa and Khadija Kopa. Male Artist of the Year category has attracted the likes of 20 Percent, Ali Kiba, Barnaba, Diamond, AY, and Belle 9. Best Male Singer: 20 Percent, Barnaba, Ali Kiba, Banana, Belle 9, Diamond.
Best Female Singer: Lady Jaydee, Linah, Mwasiti, Khadija Kopa, Shaa. Song of the Year: Mama Ntilie- Gelly wa Ryme feat AT & Ray C, Sina Raha-Sam wa Ukweli, Ya Nini Malumbano, Tamaa Mbaya- 20 Percent, Mkono Mmoja- Chege & Temba feat Wahu.
Taarab Song of the Year: My Valentine- Jahazi, Top in Town- Khadija Kopa, Acheni Kuniandama- Isha Ramadhani, Langu Rohoni- Jahazi, Mama Nipe Radhi- Isha Ramadhani.
R&B Song of the Year: We ni Wangu- Belle 9, Nikikupata- Ben Poul, Hello- Hussein Machozi ft Maunda Zorro, Atatamani- Linah, Kisiwa cha Malavidavi- Z-Anton.
Hip-hop Song of the Year: Propaganda- Fid Q, Karibu Tena, Joh Makini, Ukisikia Paah- JCB ft Fid Q& Chidi Benz, Usije Mjini- AY& Mwana FA.
Best Swahili Song of the Year: Shika Ushikapo- Mapacha Watatu ft Mzee Yusuph, Laptop- Extra Bongo, Kauli- Twanga Pepeta, Pongezi kwa Wanandoa- Akudo.
Best Reggae Single: Sauti ya rasta- Ras Rwanda Magere, Misingi ya Rasta- Warriors from the East, Sayuni- Jhiko Man, Ujio Mpya- Hardmad ft Enika & BNV.
Best Ragga/ Dancehall Song: Benjamin wa Mambo Jambo ft AT, Action- CPWAA, Dully, Nwear, Ms Trinity, Far Away- Big Jah Man ft Richard, My Friend- Benjamin, Kiuno Weka Busy- Jet Man. Best Band Rapper of the Year: Fergsuon, Khalid Chokaraa, Toto ze Bingwa, Kitokololo, Msafiri Diouf.
Best Hip-hop Artist: Fid Q, Joh Makini, Ngwear, Chidi Benz, Godzilla.
Best East African Single: Nitafanya- Kidumu & Lady Jaydee, Kare- P-Unit, Songambele- Alpha ft AY, Vuvuzela- Goodlife, Kasepiki- Bebe Cool.