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Kisima awards return

Comparable to the PAM Awards, the Kisima Music Awards was the big deal back in the day. Just a nomination was enough for artistes, no wonder only a few Ugandans managed to be nominated in the prestigious awards and among those include Oscar Muwonge, Ngoni, Jose Chameleon, and Juliana Kanyomozi but Blu *3 managed to at least back two Kisima awards (Best Ugandan Song and Best Ugandan Video) before they disappeared.

After a hiatus of seven years, the Kisima Awards, now Kisima Music & Film Awards are back, this time bigger and better than they were before.

The awards are this time going to be Pan African and will be held on December 13, 20220 at the Carnivore grounds in Nairobi, Kenya.

“This year’s Kisima Music & Film Awards is a Pan African event dedicated to telling the African narrative through culture, music, stories, and creativity,” says the chairman of Kisima Music & Film Awards Dr. Fred Simiyu in a press release document.

Themed “Reawakening the soul, spirit, and vibrancy of Africa through Music and Film,” the awards for the very first time, are open to the entire African continent and will be showcasing the rich diversity of African Music and film.

The chairman said the music and film awards will be a celebration of African talent, a strengthening of African solidarity, and a point of convergence for show-casing African talent, skills, dreams, and aspirations.

The focus will be the use of digital nomination platforms and with a focus on Social Good to lead from the front in the wake of the global CoronaVirus Pandemic.

The event is making a come-back after a hiatus of seven years during which the awards have been re-energized and revamped to cover the continent and include the film category too.

The award ceremony will see African artists being awarded in 18 categories-nine each in music and film. A further 18 awards have been specifically created for Kenya in both music and film. The details of the entry and awards categories can be found on their website

“We intend to bring together African artists; thespians and creative musicians; professionals representing the entire chain of the Film and Music industry and infuse Pan Africanism thus offering to global players the opportunity to interact with the authenticity of Africa’s best artistic culture.” Added Dr. Fred Simiyu.

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