This is it because tonight is the night â€” the 2nd annual PAM Awards night sponsored by Celtel, Bell and Sudhir and Jyotsna Ruparelia among others. It is a pity that the big contender, Jose Chameleone is going to be missing in action!
He is up for six nominations â€” the most for a single artiste but is expected back in the country on October 5 from his Tanzanian tour. We already knew that Bebe Cool who is currently on some kind of kyeyo in US would not show up today.
That means that we shall miss seeing the two absentees sweat it out alongside Ragga Dee and Mesach Semakula for Artiste of the Year, which is the most competitive category.
On the other hand, Mesach Semakula, though not as charismatic as Ragga Dee on stage and certainly devoid of the nation-wide fan base the former enjoys, is a mean contender and is expected to put up a spirited fight for the throne himself. It should be remembered that the popular Eagleâ€™s Production singer recently won the â€˜Golden Boy of Africaâ€™ award in South Africa, a continental musical accolade first brought home by kadongo kamu maestro Prince Paulo Job Kafeero a couple of years ago.
And the bulls are justified in their fight. This award, the honour and prestige it commands notwithstanding, is by far the most (if not only) lucrative one. Sudhir & Jyotsna Ruparelia, one of the sponsors, are forking out a hefty sh5m for the winner.
Meanwhile, Mariam Ndagire and Omumbejja Sheila Nvannungi are expected back from the US and Ghana respectively for a showdown in the Best Female Artiste category.
It will also be interesting to see what becomes of the feisty Winnie Munyenga, who like Nvannungi, is up for one nomination. It should be remembered that this pair have been the most instrumental in 'campaigning' during the nominations. If they were not putting out radio ads, they were moving from shop to shop practically begging for kalulu.
PAM awards tonight!