Yesterday, Gospel artistes and fans would have been draped in royalty and grandeur as they stepped out to attend the Vine Awards ceremony, but no, the Covid-19 lockdown could not allow that.
So the party was online yesterday afternoon as 20 artistes were recognised, with accolades, in an all-new Vine Awards ceremony.
Launched in October last year, fans were able to vote Christian trailblazers who are influencing in the spheres of entertainment, media, education, family, media, governance and business.
Artiste and producer D Reign took home the award for Artiste of the Year, thanks to his hard work and consistency in the last two years. He produces all his music and has as well produced music for other artistes in addition to discovering and offering a platform to new talent.
Levixone’s Chikibombe was voted Song of the Year, rightly so for its enormous airplay on both Christian and secular radio and television, which proved its crossover appeal.
Chikibombe is famed for its dancehall thud while its video leaves a memorable toggle, thanks to the creativity therein.
Singing preacher Wilson Bugembe’s Meme Yange earned him the Video of the Year accolade.
He put catchy visuals and modern melodic arrangement to the age-old church song with charm in a fairly well-crafted visual concept.
Soulful musician Kenneth Mugabi should pat himself on the back for the vote of confidence from Christian music lovers who felt him deserving to take home the Listeners’ Choice Award, while the Watoto Children’s Choir won the inaugural Worship Album.
The icing on the cake though were the performances by Afrie, D Reign, Price Love and Florocka from Nigeria.
Talent scout and veteran events organizer, Shadrack Kuteesa, is one of the brainchildren behind Vine Awards, a subsidiary of Vine Entertainment Group.
The awards ceremony was scheduled to happen in March at Kampala Serena Hotel but owing to the Covid-19 outbreak, the show was put on hold.
“Since the accolades were ready and fans had voted, management decided to hold an online event to unveil the winners,” Kuteesa says.
And award goes to
Artiste of the year — D Reign
Song of the year — Chikibombe by Levixone
Video of the year— Meme Yange by Pr Bugembe
Worship Album — Watoto Children’s Choir
Listeners Choice — Kenneth Mugabi
New Artiste — David Ngabo
Comedian of the Year —Uncle Mark
Dance Group — Joyful Generation
DJ of the year — DJ Victor 256
Spoken word —Noisy
African Act – Pompi (Zambia)
Media impact award — Solomon Serwanja
Education Impact Award — Barbara Ofwono
Business Impact Award— Mr and Mrs Sekidde of Seroma Ltd
Family Impact award — Stephen Langa of Family Life Network
Governance impact award — Alice Komuhangi Khaukha
Junior Impact award — Esther and Ezekiel Mutesasira
Social Impact award — Esther Kalenzi, founder 40 days over 40 smiles Foundation
Sports Act Award —Joshua Cheptegei
Film Act Award — Mathew Nabwiso