Pulse News: Bebe Cool, Irene Namatovu and Sandra Nankoma win big at AFRIMA awards

Much might be known about Bebe Cool’s highly anticipated performance in the 5th edition of the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) as the Gagamel boss was locally mocked and trolled for being nominated at an awards show where his longtime musical and now political nemesis Bobi Wine was named Judge.

Fortunately for him, he scooped the award for Best East African Artiste beating off competition from two Tanzania artistes Diamond Platnumz and Harmonize and Kenyan rapper Kaligraph Jones among others. Bebe Cool, while posting on his Facebook page, acknowledged the contribution of his fans in the journey and dedicated the award to people he referred to as the “Silent Majority”.

However, less is known of Sandra Nankoma and Irene Namatovu who also emerged winners at the awards ceremony in Ghana, and better yet at a continental level. Nankoma, who is also previously known as Sandy Soul took home the award for Best Female Artiste in African Inspirational Music while Namatovu bagged the award for Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Traditional Music.

Nankoma opened her doors into the Ugandan music industry in 2009 when she collaborated with Sylvester Kabombo on a hip hop song that was titled “Fumbiro”. She has since then released several tracks including her hit singles, “Mercedes” and “Kaddugala”

Namatovu, on the other hand has had a long musical career spanning years and is a house hold name in local musical circles. She is mostly known for her songs Aliba Ani, Kuzaala Kujagaana, Bed Cover and Empeta among others. She is also wife to fellow music star Geoffrey Lutaaya.

Other winners at the awards ceremony were Nigeria’s Davido who won the African Best Artiste award, Nasty C who emerged the best South African Artiste and Falz from Nigeria also who won Best African Rapper award.
With a total of 36 categories, the 5th AFRIMA winners made up of both Regional and Continental categories.

The awards also honoured South African singer who is dubbed the “Princess of Africa” Yvonne Chaka Chaka with the AFRIMA Legendary Award. The music legend, has a career span of over 30 years with several hit albums and has performed for notable charity work using her successes in music to try and impact societal change in Africa.

PHOTOS: How it Went Down at Swangz Avenue All Star Tour in Mbale

Mbale town was Friday night treated to a dose of fun packed entertainment as Audio and Visual production House Swangz Avenue started off their music tour.

The tour which is part of the activities to mark Swangz Avenue’s 10 years of operation in Uganda will move through four major towns in Uganda including the recently concluded Mbale in the East, Mbarara in the West, Arua in West Nile and Gulu in the North.

The tour will then end with a major concert at the Lugogo Cricket Oval in Kampala, that will feature Jamaican reggae/dancehall maestro Tarrus Riley as a guest artiste.

In Mbale, revelers enjoyed music from top artistes including Bebe Cool, A Pass, Vinka, Winnie Nwagi and a couple of other artistes who have worked with the production house over the 10 years.

We have the pictures.


Big Size bebe Cool on the microphone
Fans ask for more as artistes drop hit after hit
Brian Kella Mckennzie was one of the event hosts
Songstress Vinka arriving in Mbale town
It was a full-fun packed party in Mbale
The turn up was as expected from Mbale.
Winnie Nwagi thrilling Mbale revelers at the concert
NBS Katchup’s Emcee Isaac hyping up the crowd
Dancehall star Vampino performing at the show