Rwanda Focus (Kigali)

11 March 2013

Rwanda: Urban Boys Shine At Salax Awards

Urban Boys hit single Wampoye Iki. ( Resource: Wampoye Iki - Urban Boys

The 7th edition of the Salax awards became the highlight of an eventful weekend but most especially to the Urban Boys who walked home with four awards.

Sponsored by MTN Rwanda and held at Serena Hotel on Saturday evening, the awards also recognized dispora talent and The Ben from USA took the award.

Among the Urban Boys' awards was the highly coveted artiste of the year where they beat stiff competition from King James thus being the night's biggest winners. They also took home Best Male Artiste, Best Group and Best Video awards.

Songstress Knowless took home Female Artiste of the year award. The night also had several performances from Ben Kayiranga, Edouce, Ama G The Black and Zizou Al Pacino and Bagupfusha Ubusa crew where the Urban Boys also appeared.

There was also the introduction of new awards this year like the Best Audio Producer which was scooped by Clement Ashimwe of Kina Music and Best Video Producer which went to Bernard Bagenzi.

The guest of honour was Rosemary Mbabazi, the permanent secretary in the ministry of youth and ICT.

Best Male Artiste - Urban Boyz

Best Female Artiste - Knowless

Best New Artiste - Ama-G The Black

Best Male Artiste - Urban Boyz

Best Traditional Artiste - Mani Martin

Best Afrobeat Artiste - King James

Best Hip-hop Artiste - Ama-G The Black

Best R&B Artiste - Bruce Melody

Best Gospel Artiste - Alarm Ministries

Best Group - Urban Boys

Song of The Year - Bagupfusha Ubusa

Best Album - Biracyaza by King James

Best Video - Bibaye by Urban Boys

Diaspora Recognition Award - The Ben (U.S.A)

Urban Boys took away four awards. (photos Farouk Kaweesi) Knowless won the Best Female Artiste award. Singer Alione (r) with a friend.

King James won the Best Afrobeat Artiste award. Mani Martin was crowned Best Traditional Artiste.

Ama-G The Black was honored as best Hip-hop Artiste and best newcomer. Urban Boys.

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