The Pearl of Africa Music (PAM) Awards will this year extend their scope to cover music from all regions of Uganda.
Speaking at the launch of the second Pearl of Africa Music Awards (PAM Awards 2004) at Hotel Africana on Tuesday, Isaac Mulindwa, the chairman organising committee for the PAM Awards said: â€œIn an effort to make PAM Awards a truly national event, we shall have several countrywide functions leading up to this yearâ€™s main event on October 2, 2004.
These countrywide functions will be used for briefing the artistes from respective regions on how the PAM Awards work and also give them an opportunity to launch their new songs where available.â€
He declined to disclose the venue of the awards. Last yearâ€™s PAM Awards ceremony was held at Speke Resort, Munyonyo. Celtel Uganda and Bell Lager (Uganda Breweries) are back on the team as the main sponsors of the annual event.
According to the awardsâ€™ schedule, the PAM awards team will meet artistes from eastern Uganda at Club Sombrero in Jinja town on Saturday February 28. On Saturday March 27, they will meet artistes from western Uganda at Vision Empire in Mbarara town. On April 28, the team will meet artistes from northern/eastern Uganda at Club Oasis in Mbale town while artistes in central Uganda will meet the team at Kampala Casino on Saturday May 29. All meetings will run from 7:00 to 11:00pm.
Mulindwa said only songs released between August 2003 and July 31, 2004 will be eligible for an award at the PAM Awards 2004.
Mulindwa, however, said they would retain voting by mobile phone text messages as the official method of voting for artistes, because it was the best way of ensuring that the â€˜one man, one voteâ€™ principle is adhered to.
He said they would look into the possibility of putting voting forms in the newspapers but cautioned that Ernst & Young, the official auditors of the event, might find problems ensuring transparency in the voting process.
Pearl Of Africa Music Awards 2004 To Go Nationwide