Gospel artists and producers were recognized and rewarded the fourth edition of Victoria Gospel Academy (VIGA) awards that happened at Royale Imperial Hotel in Kampala. People arrived at the black and white themed ceremony at about 6:41pm, which started off with Evolve Band performance.
The first set of Artists performed and later moved to the VIGA magazine launch session.
Gospel artists and producers numbers are growing in Uganda Church music. This music has evolved over the years and is no longer a preserve of only staunch Christians but also the secular people. Some of these artists have now become household names in the music industry.
This ceremony went on till late in the night till the artists and producers were all awarded in over 20 categories.
Pastor Wilson Bugeme’s song Daala won the overall song of the year award, Levixone emerged as the male artist of the year and Julie Mutesasira was the Female artist of the year.
Levixone sent out a post on his Facebook account thanking his fans for the love and support. In the same voice, he showed gratitude for being voted, attributing the glory to God.
The Canaan Gents who have been hosted on #TheSundayIspiration show and #TheOverdrive show here at Capital FM received their award for the best Acapella.
The awards included:
Traditional music Category: Betty Muwanguzi – Yagala Uganda
Hiphop/Rap Category: Virtuous woman – New Testament
Dancehall/Ragga Category: Robin San – Simple life
RnB/Jazz/Soul Category: Brian Lubega – Asaanide
Kadongo kamu Category: Kaggwa Edward Frances – Enyambala
Reggae Category: Coopybly – Nkulembeera Mukama
Afropop/Beat; Kwaito category: Irene Kayondo – Asinga
Afristyle/Soukous/Zouk category: Rachel Namubiru – Teri Akwenkana
Diaspora song /artist (for Ugandan artists based outside Uganda): The Bahatizz
Techno/House and Rock category: Holy Keane- Love Love
Video Producer Category: Enock – Cloud media
Audio Producer Category: Kiwa Jason
Worship/praise song category: Justine Nabbosa – Oli Katonda
Inspirational song category: Judith Babirye – Sitarudi
Video of the year (for works that acclaim immense popularity): Coopybly- What a love
Best performer (for artists who exhibit great proficiency at performances): Betty Bada
Elgon song category: Stephen Adhogomola- Oli munene
Exemplary theme category (commendable non-gospel positive message songs): Betty Nakibuuka- Mama
Special entity song/artist (for ‘secular’ artist with the best gospel song): Lyto Boss ft Solome Mirembe/ Omwetaaga
Upcoming/New talent: Patty Baligasima
Social media song/artist (for best promoted and marketed on social media i.e. Facebook, twitter, youtube, downloads, etc) : Canaan Gents
Collaboration song: Dangelo Busuulwa & Judith babirye/ Waliwo ensonga
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