This year's Nzumari awards widened it's net to include acts from the wider East Africa region. The Saturday night event hosted at Mombasa's Thalasa club saw Jaguar crowned the best musician of the year for his Matapeli single.
Tanzania's crooner Diamond won the best artist from Tanzania at an event attended by Mombasa governor hopeful Suleiman Shahbal.
Mombasa's Chikuzee won two awards for best artiste at the Coast and best song of the year as Ameleena sneaked to the top as the best female artiste from Mombasa. Rapper Octopizzo complimented her as the best male artiste of the year from Nairobi.
The event emceed by Kiss Fm's comedian Jalang'o and Mombasa based DJ Lenium, saw Mombasa's finest DJ Elon emerge as the best DJ of the year from the Coast.
Star Newspaper photojournalist Elkana Jacob was crowned the best investigative photojournalist of the year owing to his two picture stories on the lifestyle of the Mombasa republican council leaders and police officers.
Mombasa based event organizer Beyonce and filmmaker Hassan Faisal were also awarded. Meanwhile the celebrations were marred when Evelyn Adhiambo, aka eve queen founder and CEO of Nzumari awards was robbed of cash Sh25,000 and a mobile phone worth Sh15,000.
The valuables according to Eve were grabbed from her as she boarded a taxi to go home. "I am very grateful for this year's turn out and for the robbery issue is a common issue. I thank God to be alive and I promise my supporters big things in the showbiz," said Eve who is five months pregnant. Some of the guests were also not happy with the fact the event began very late despite them being on time.