All was not well for Ugandan artists at this year’s All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) that took place in October in Dallas, Texas.
Ugandans did poorly at the awards as compared to 2018 that saw three Ugandan artists including Bebe Cool, Sandra Nankoma and Irene Namatovu scooping awards at the AFRIMA awards’ gala held in Accra, Ghana.
Chimpreports’ Benjamen Emuk met up with Ugandan internationally acclaimed singer Eddy Kenzo who has been nominated in not just only AFRIMMA, but many awards to shed more light on the issue that was the talk of town.
Eddy Kenzo has in possession many awards under his name including Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice BET, MTV Africa Music and AFRIMMA Awards where he won on several occasions, the last being in 2017 where he was named ‘Best East African Male Artist of the Year’ and winning ‘Song of the Year’ category for his ‘Shauri Yako’ track.
On the 2019 AFRIMMA, Kenzo said; “I dint follow AFRIMMA so much this time round, but the truth is I think Ugandans deserved something because they have nice music.”
When you look at Irene’s music videos for example, it is such a nice video which deserved not less than one award as well as other artists.”
He said; “Most importantly when it comes to the album of the year, they gave out to someone I don’t know but it was supposed to be African Jazz by Burna Boy obviously and things like that makes us sometimes think twice and realize Africa still has a lot to do when it comes to transparency issues.”
He said there were few mistakes made but “I wish them good luck next time round.”
The singer who is always spotted at the French Embassy, told Chimpreports that he is a friend to all the people but at the end of the day, the French are friendly to not only him, but to many Ugandans.
“The French are nice people and I really do appreciate their relationship with Ugandans,” he said.
Asked whether he has any concert coming up before the end of this year, the singer said he will have to meet with his team to decide on whether they will have one soon or later.
Kenzo told Chimpreports that his latest three big hits that have been a talk in town, especially when he parted ways with his longtime girlfriend Rema Namakula has triggered many of his fans to demand for a concert basically due to the gravity that the songs Bibaawo, Bikyuuka and Semyekozo carry.
On what informed his decision to do the above songs, he said it was due to the “terrible” situation he was going through that time.
“For sure everyone is aware that I was going through a lot and to make it memorable, I decided to turn all the issues I was facing into music.”