By Watchdog reporter

There is a completely new set of gospel starts, at least according to The Victoria Gospel Agency (VIGA) who are organising gospel awards in conjunction with the Federation of Gospel Artists of Uganda.

The organisations have announced the list of nominees for this year’s gospel musicians who excelled in various categories, and guess what! Traditional names in the gospel music industry such as Pastor Wilson Bugembe and Buikwe MP Judith Babirye are no show.

The list which has several new comers will see new stars born on the Grand Event which will take place at the Imperial Royale Hotel Primrose hall on Saturday 14th January, 2017. Viga awards have given several gospel musicians a platform for recognition.

According to Nicholas Nyombi, the organiser of the VIGA Awards, the nominees will be voted for via SMS and social media.

And the VIGA Awards 2016 Nominees are;

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SONG/ARTIST CATEGORY VOTING CODE
Song Writer of the year
1.       Fortune Spice – Daala, Nkutwale Eka 1
2.       Coopy Bly – Batusinza ki 2
3.       Brian Lubega – Nsiimye  (Sandra Suubi) 3
4.       K!mera – He’s up to something 4
Videographer of the year
1.       James Muggaga (Jimree) 5
2.       Welek Films 6
3.       J Blessing 7
4.       Cloud Media 8
Audio Producer of the year
1.       Moz B 9
2.       Skills (Roy Studios) 10
3.       D King 11
4.       Paddyman (Audio One) 12
DJ of the Year
1.       DJ Stef 13
2.       DJ Skamzac 14
3.       DJ Achiever 15
4.       DJ Awar 16
Radio Personality of the year
1.       Kamagu – Simbula (Top Radio) 17
2.       King Wesley – Spirit FM 18
3.       Ronnie Habasa – Power FM 19
4.       Tony Smart – FMJ 20
T.V. Personality of the Year
                 1. Derek Vucci – The Gang (Salt T.V.)             21
            2. Olivia Zziwa – Mission 316 (NBS TV)             22
        3. David Ogutu – GXP (NTV)             23
4. Timothy Mugenyi – Rapture Ready (Urban T.V.)        24
Choir Category
1.        Amazing grace choir [Kyebando]- Beera mutukuvu     25
2.       Crown of Life – Gwe awereza mukwano gwa Yesu     26
3.        God given choir (Kazo) – Jangu ombeere     27
4.       Holy Gates choir – Omusaayi gwa Yesu     28
Acapella Category
1.       Spring Gents     29
2.       Harmonics     30
3.       Canaan Gents     31
4.       Cape brothers     32
Traditional Music Category
1.       Joy Tendo  – Eyalama noi    33
2.       Desire Isaac – Ataakulaba    34
3.       Florence Rukundo – Muliro    35
4.       Olivia Muwumba – Kyaabiike    36
Kadongo kamu Category
1.       Richard Kulumba – Bible ngagga    37
2.       Kaggwa Edward – Obufumbo    38
3.       Dr. Mponye – Ekigenge    39
4.       Mweseza Ronald – Wakisa    40
Techno-House-Rock Category
1.       Darlene & Sheila – Silinayo Mulala   41
2.       Don’t give up – Nyango Doris   42
3.       The Collective – X Dimension   43
4.       Be exauted – Watoto Children’s Choir   44
Hip-hop/Rap Category
1.       Race T – Ani Asinga   45
2.       Ruyonga – Ekitakumenya   46
3.       Barna – Grip   47
4.       Lyrical Michael – Pregnant   48
Dancehall/Ragga Category
1.       Fortune Spice – Daala   49
2.       Zabuli – Numbye Bulamu   50
3.       Copybly – Batusinzaki   51
4.       Robinsan – Ntukula   52
RnB-Jazz-Soul Category 
1.       Ryione Mauwa – Yanungamya   53
2.       K!mera – Up to something   54
3.       Solome Basuuta – Can we stay   55
4.       Sandra Suubi – Nsiimye   56
Reggae Category  
1.       Baby Gloria – Godwin   57
2.       D Reign – Lion of Zion   58
3.       Phila & Richy Kaweesi – Ofugge   59
4.       Daisy Ejang – Tami   60
Afro-beat Category
1.       Lena Price – Biratangaza   61
2.       Nsiima – John Marie & Larry Charie   62
3.       New Chapters Africa – Binji   63
4.       D Reign – Biko & Denson   64
Afri-style Category
1.       Carol Kyambala – Nyambula   65
2.       Mawuwa Ryon & Eva Nakamatte – Tukirize   66
3.       WIlsongs – Wasala magezi ki   67
4.       Julie Meme – Sibya Loss   68
Junior category
1.       Boy of Destiny – I believe in Jesus   71
2.       Stephie Assimwe – Never let me go father   72
3.       Proclaim (Miracle Center)   73
4.       Watoto Children’s Choir   74
Upcoming Female Artist
1.       Sandra Suubi – Nsiimye   75
2.       Lena Price – I am Light   76
3.       Dorah the best – Glory   77
4.       Race T – Ani Asinga   78
Upcoming Male Artist
1.       Barna – Grip   79
2.       Bond – Melodies   80
3.       Wake – Tinsobola   81
4.       John Marie & Larry Charrie  – Nsiima   82
Diaspora song/artist category
1.       David Keen – Milele   83
2.       Hellen Nuwagaba – Webale   84
3.       Malichi Male – Slow Wine   85
4.       Myco Chris – Celebration   86
Collaboration song
1.       I know – Robinsan & Ruyonga   87
2.       Offuge – Phila & Richy Kaweesa   88
3.       Ooh Lala – Zabuli & D Reign   89
4.       Kulukutta – Fortune Spice & Copybly   90
Album of the year
1.       Glory Fire – Ruyonga   91
2.       Jackie Ssenyonjo – Mukama Ye Nsonga   92
3.       Justine Nabbosa – Oli Katonda   93
4.       Copybly – Wat a Love   94
Best live Band/Group
1.       Blue Alley Band   95
2.       Evolution Band   96
3.       Qwela Band   97
4.       Collective UG   98
Video of the year
1.       Nsiima – John Marie & Larry Charie   99
2.       Sing – Canaan Gents 100
3.        Binji – New Chapters Africa 101
4.       Ani Asinga – Race T 102
Inspirational Song
1.       Ekitakumanya – Ruyonga 103
2.       Wedding song – Phila Kweesa 104
3.       Save a life – Baby Gloria & Levixone 105
4.       Nkutwale eka – Fortune Spice 106
Male artist of the year
1.       D Reign 107
2.       Robinsan 108
3.       Copybly 109
4.       Fortune Spice 110
Female artist of the year
1.       Jackie Ssenyonjo 111
2.       Zabuli 112
3.       Justine Nabossa 113
4.       Solome Basuuta 114
Best Worship/Praise song
1.       Hallelujah  – Zoe Patra 115
2.       Enlarge my territory – Isaac Serukenya 116
3.       Up to something – K!mera 117
4.       Wegukubira – Brian Lubega 118
Song of the Year
1.       Daala – Fortune Spice 119
2.       Wedding song – Phila 120
3.       Baba – D Reign 121
4.       Akikwasaganya – Copybly 122

 

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