“UGANDAN ARTISTES MUST STOP SEEKING VALIDATION FROM INTERNATIONAL AWARDS” – BOBI WINE

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n the wake of an outburst from some Ugandan artistes following their failure to win an accolade at the recently concluded MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMAs) in South Africa, singer Bobi Wine has lashed out at his fellow musicians for ‘seeking foreign accreditation’ instead of focusing on what they have contributed to shaping the industry within Uganda. A day after the MAMAs Eddy Kenzo who was nominated in the ‘Best Live Act’ category took to social media expressing displeasure on the criteria used to derive at the winners. In the highly acclaimed Awards on the African continent, Uganda had 3 nominations; Eddy Kenzo (Best Live Act), Bebe Cool (Listeners’ Choice) and Sheebah Karungi (Best Video) but none of these brought an accolade home. “I am not being jealous here, but I do complain because they (MTV) told us to vote and the fans decide. I was the most voted in my category remember when you click on the ‘Best Live Act’ you can see the results. Stoneboy was 2nd, Mr. Flavor 3rd and Casper Nyovest 4th. May be I didn’t understand the word vote for your favorite nominee,” Kenzo’s Facebook post read. He claimed he had been cheated for based on the fact that he is an ambassador for a rival brand to one of the sponsors of the Awards. Bebe Cool who also lost to Zimbabwe’s Jah Prayzar in the Listeners’ Choice Category blamed Ugandans for not supporting their musicians during such international events the same way other countries like South Africa and Nigeria do.In an interview with our sources on Thursday, the self-proclaimed ‘Ghetto President’ commented; “The problem is not whether these international awards are fair or not. The problem is that we still have an inferiority complex of seeking accreditation and validation from other people.” “Our PAM Awards (Uganda’s pioneer music awards), HiPipo awards and the other local awards are as good as the rest of international awards,” Bobi Wine added.

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