2011 Kilimanjaro Music Award Nominees Announced

From the Tanzania Daily News
by Abdallah Msuya, 9th February 2012

THE 2011 Kilimanjaro Music Award nominees were announced on Wednesday with Bongo Flava artist Naseeb Abdul alias Diamond Platnumz leading the list with seven nominations.

The awards ceremony to recognize and honour outstanding perfomers in the music industry from January-December last year will take place at the Mlimani City Hall in Dar es Salaam on April 14.

The R&B sensation has been nominated for Best Male Entertainer, Male Artist of the Year, Best Composer, song of the year, video of the year (Moyo Wangu) and Best Afro Pop (Moyo Wangu and Mawazo). Diamond, whose fortune has grown in leaps and bounds since in recent years, is back with a bang for the forthcoming awards after walking out empty handed during the 2010 awards.

He was at the top in 2010 when he scooped three gongs for the 2009 Kilimanjaro Music Awards including Upcoming Artist, Best R&B Single, and Best Singer of the year to cap the most successful year of his career. Diamond faces stiff competition from Ali Kiba. The Cinderella singer has landed five nominations thanks to his new track ‘Dushelele’.

He has been nominated for Best Male Entertainer, Male Artist of the Year, song of the year, Best Composer and Best Zouk/Rhumba song of 2011. Innovex Management and Audit Company supervised the Academy that came up with top five nominees in each of 22 categories, to ensure fair and transparent process.

Addressing the press, Kilimanjaro Premium Lager Brand Manager, George Kavishe acknowledged the hard work of the Academy and commended the team for an impeccable job. “I congratulate the Academy that convened last weekend for two days of productive discussions that led to the nominees we have today.

These are the best out of the best for 2011 in the music industry,” said Kavishe. Speaking during the occasion, Angelo Luhala, from the National Arts Council (BASATA) applauded the nominees and encouraged them to cooperate with coordinators of KTMA towards final stages of the process.

“The public will start voting next Monday through to April 6, a period of seven weeks,” revealed Kavishe. Nominees for Female entertainer of the year are; Khadija Kopa, Isha Mashauzi, Queen Darieen, Dayna and Shaa. For Male Entertainer of the year are; Diamond, Ali Kiba, Bob Junior, Dully Sykes and Mzee Yusuf.

Those vying for male singer of the year are Ali Kiba, Diamond, Barnaba, Belle 9 and Mzee Yusuf; female singer of the year; Lady Jay Dee, Khadija Kopa, Isha Mashauzi, Dayna and Linah. Vying for song of the year award include Hakunaga (Suma Lee), Dushelele, (Ali Kiba), Moyo Wangu (Diamond) Mathematics (Roma), Nilipe Nisepe (Belle 9) Riz One (Izzo B).

Best Taarab song; Full Stop (Khadija Kopa), Mama Mashauzi (Isha Mashauzi), Hakuna Mkamilifu (Jahazi), Nani Kama Mama (Isha Mashauzi) and Nilijua Mtasema (Jahazi). Best Kiswahili Band Song Dunia Daraja (African Stars), Hukumu ya Mnafiki (Mashujaa Band), Falsafa ya Mapenzi (Extra Bongo), Usia wa Babu (Mapacha Watatu), and Mtenda (Extra Bongo).

Best R&B Song; My Number One Fan (Ben Pol), Maumivu (Ben Pol ft One), Nilipe Nisepe (Belle 9), Napata Raha (Jux), and Usiniache (Hemed). Best Hip Hop Song; Famous (Jay Mo ft P Funk), King Zila (Godzilla ft Marco Chali), Mathematics (Roma), Riz One Izzo B, Kilimanjaro (Joh Makini ft Lady Jay Dee, G Nako).


About Rob

Born and educated in Zimbabwe, Africa, I grew up with in an environment much different from the one that I find I now live in. In some ways I find that the third world has a more appropriate sense of moral standards in comparison to the so called first world. When you are brought up in an environment that expects you to be totally self sufficient and prepared to make your own destiny you develop a strong sense of Entrepreneurship early on in life. You learn a “can do” attitude and become multi skilled. I have been amazed to find that living in a first world country so many people have little or no ambition in life. There is no sense of pride in achievement and everyone follows a set pattern because it is unthought-of to break societies trends. What is the purpose of going to university to become a travel agent? Why spend years educating yourself to sell yourself short at the first hurdle. True visionaries have learnt in this claustrophobic society of the first world to think outside the box. Measured success has come from individuals that learnt to apply themselves through hard work and the ability to see an opportunity and apply themselves accordingly. I was educated in a country that has a record internationally as having a society that are regarded as being the most highly educated people in Africa. That is not to say that they are academically perfect, but they have a practical knowledge that sets them aside as being unique in their ability to take what they learn around them and apply it to their own circumstances to adapt and be successful in ways other societies cannot. I am proud to be a part of this community, and proud of my heritage. As an individual I have learnt over time to have an appreciation for things I never quite understood before I was subjected to the big bad world. I am most certainly not perfect, and far from where I would like to be at in my life, but it is a journey along many roads, and with many adventures and tribulations along the way. Those of you that join me on this blog will find the thoughts, feelings and ideas that this journey generates for me. So I welcome you, and if you like what you read, give me a shout, I would be glad to hear your thoughts and opinions.

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