Singer Jose Chameleon did not expect to win the Artist of The Year award at the just concluded Pearl of Africa Music Awards (PAM) at Speke Resort, Munyonyo. Chameleonâ€™s backup singer Chagga says the singer had some hope of scooping the Song of The Year award, but nothing else. â€œHe thought the award would go to (Sweden-based Uganda reggae artist) Madoxx Sematimba. In fact, he did not even want to attend the awards, preferring instead to go to London, but later changed his mind.â€
Home-based artistes a favourite for PAMs
It was a notable trend at the just concluded inaugural PAM awards that artistes who were based outside Uganda and those who were dead, never received any award. The late Philly Bongoley Lutaaya was nominated for a Lifetime Achievement Award but it went to Elly Wamala. â€œWe really appreciated what Philly did for music in this country and how he utilised it to sensitise the world about AIDS. But he is gone. A posthumous award 14 years after his death could not make much of difference,â€ says a fan.
Bebe Cool gracious about loss at PAMs
He was nominated in some of the most competitive and coveted categories of the Pearl of Africa Music (PAM) awards held at Speke Resort Muyonyo last week. He went neck to neck with eventual artist of the year Jose Chameleon in the Best Male Artist and Artist of The Year awards. But singer Bebe Cool, who had four overall nominations, as a solo artist, and was part of another four nominations with Bobi Wine as The Fire Base Crew, left the PAM awards empty-handed. The crewâ€™s only entry is their hit song Funtula for all four categories. â€œIt is the first time (we are having music awards). Iâ€™m a famous guy with lots of fans. But if things happened that way, all I can say is that it is a great man who accepts defeat,â€ Cool said.
Cousins Wafeeq and Nazneen leave Idols
From five last week, it is now down to three. Two Idols contestants quit this week. It was a mixture of tears and good news in M-Net studios Monday night as five nervous idols awaited their fate, when the results of the judgesâ€™ and public vote were read out. But after all five had taken hot seats, it was Cape Town-based cousins Wafeeq Saffodien and Nazneen Leeman who accumulated the least support and had to leave. The remaining three finalists are now preparing and rehearsing for Sunday October 12â€™s live spectacular to be broadcast on M-Netâ€™s Open, from 6:30 to 8:00pm. The Top three will each perform three songs: the judgesâ€™ choice, their own choice and a song chosen by you, the viewing public.
Stories by Sebidde Kiryowa