The Observer (Kampala)

8 November 2012

Uganda: Gospel Awards to Fill Pam Awards Void

Tomorrow evening, get your best shoes and outfit out for the second Olive Gospel Music awards at Serena hotel Kampala. Following last year's inaugural success, which had strong points such as time management, crisp sound and live performances, organisers have promised another great show.

They then unveiled a lot of raw talent and the hosts, Big Sam and Jane Kasumba, blended so well, which is an important factor for a live telecast. And this explains why it was rated as one of the best social events of 2011.

Ugandan gospel music fans should, therefore, expect that and more to come tomorrow. Under the theme Celebrating Life, some of the proceeds will go towards constructing a maternity clinic in Nebbi district.

Pastor Edwin Musiime, the awards chairman, said there is a need to celebrate life because it's a treasure from God and the maternity clinic will help curb the numbers of infant and maternal mortality.

"We want to show that if people think what they saw last year was wow, we are taking it to another level. We are bringing new twists this year. Some of them include unleashing fresh unrecorded talent," said Musiime during the OGMA 2012 launch recently.

In addition to fresh local talent, the organisers have promised a surprise performer. The categories to look out for include Best Dance Hall Artiste where Holy Keane Amooti, Robin San and others will be taking on 2011 winner Exodus; Best Female Artiste with Judith Babirye, Jackie Senyonjo and Julie Mutesasira vying for the award.

And just like last year, Wilson Bugembe could be the night's biggest winner because his Biribabitya is nominated for Song Of The Year, Best Male Artiste and Best Video. The controversial jubilee song, Yoga Yoga by Esther Nabasa is also nominated in the Olive Special category.

And thankfully, the copyright issue between Nabasa and Richard Kaweesa has since been ironed out as the latter claimed ownership of the song. The biggest winner of the night, Artiste of the Year, will also walk away with a Shs 1m cash prize.

The best male and female artistes will each leave with Shs 500,000. There will also be goodies from sponsors Coca-Cola, Air Uganda and SMS One, among others. In a year without Pearl of Africa Music (PAM) awards, there is no better way of celebrating Uganda's talent than tomorrow's awards.

Tickets cost Shs 100,000 Gold, Shs 50,000 Silver and Shs 25,000 Bronze, and are on sale at Uchumi Garden City, Café pap, Ban café, Serena hotel and Power FM with gates opening at 5:30pm.

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