The Annual MTN Pulse Hip Hop awards that recognize and celebrate growth in the HipHop music genre in the country were held on Sunday night.
This was the 5th edition of the MTN Pulse sponsored HipHop Awards.
The Tribe UG, who prepare the Hip-Hop awards with MTN’s support kicked off this year’s edition with the release of nominees for the various categories that were subsequently voted and awarded at the colourful award opening ceremony that took place at the MTN Warehouse at MTN Jinja road-based headquarters.
Voting for the hip hop stars was done on the MTN Pulse app and the MTN Pulse microsite through which the MTN Pulsers had visibility of the winners in real time.
As anticipated, this year’s awards were bigger and better with the introduction of the Cypher competition that allowed new and undiscovered talent to showcase their abilities in an online Hip Hop rap battle that was subjected to a vote.
Charles Ameto emerged the first ever winner of this challenge. He walked away with Shs 1,000,000. The first, second and third runners up walked away with Shs 800,000, 600,000 and 400,000 respectively.
Somdev Sen, the MTN Uganda Chief Marketing Officer said MTN’s decision to support the awards is based on the fact that Hip Hop is still the most preferred music genre in Uganda especially among the youth thus the need to support the genre to grow to its full potential.
“Hip Hop remains a favourite music genre for most of the youths in this country as it allows them to express themselves and be who they want to be without limits. This is the true spirit of MTN Pulse. We are about creating a community of likeminded people who are young at heart and want to live life without fear or limits to their potential. That is why we are happy to be part of these awards every year,” Somdev said.
As part of efforts to support the industry, MTN in 2020, sponsored the first televised rap battles that saw several rappers pitched against each other in battle categories that included battles on the street, free style and in the forest among others.
In this year’s newest category, the Cypher challenge, Charles Ameto’s rap video had the highest engagements making him the first-ever winner of the new category.
Popular Hip-Hop star, Navio who walked away with a couple of awards noted that the Hip-Hop industry has continued to record steady progress with Hip Hop artists getting favourable airplay on local radio and television stations.
“Hip Hop artists continue to shine out there. If you listen to the top twenty most requested songs on radio today, about 10 or more of them will be Hip Hop songs. And Uganda is one of the very few countries with Hip-Hop awards, which has supported us to grow,” Navio said.
The colorful awards ceremony was attended by a number of lucky Pulsers who engaged in lots of fun activities and an array of thrilling entertainment from the finest in the Hip-Hop industry.
According to Somdev, it is easy for the youth to become MTN Pulsers; All they have to do is simply download the Pulse App available on both google play and iOS play stores. The MTN Pulse app is an interactive platform where everything about the Pulse Nation lives including the funkiest content and offers from MTN Uganda.
“Simply download the MTN Pulse app and take over the world. You can also learn more about the Pulse Nation on the MTN Pulse microsite,” he said.
The winners of this year’s awards categories are:
Male artiste of the year – Judas Rapknowledge da Akbar – David and Goliath fight
Female artiste of the year – M.C Yallah – Dunia
East African Artiste Of The Year – Khaligraph Jones – Tuma Kitu
Northern Uganda Artiste of the year – Judas Rapknowledge Da Akbar – Alok kwona
Western Uganda artiste of the year – Crazie Wispa – Koyi Koyi
Eastern Uganda artiste of the year – Sparo Ug – Heads Up
Central Uganda artiste of the year Felista Di Superstar – I can’t breathe
Rookie of the year – Stone Age – KOYI KOYI
Video of the year – Naxa – Dance
Inspirational song of the year – Flex D’ Paper Feat. Shena Skies – Mbikwasagwe
The collaboration of the Year – Navio ft. Flex D’Paper and Joh Makini – Abaana Beeka
Lyricist of the year – The Mith – Ugandan Cypher
Song of the Year – Adrenalyn Muzik – Some Ka Money
Hip-Hop media personality of the year – Still Breezy
Album of the year Navio – Strength In Numbers
Rap Fusion of the Year – Talent Africa ft. All stars – Nalubale Project
Producer of the year – Koz N’EFFECT
Mixtape of the year / E.P – Blixxack & Tucker – Open Time EP
Sweet Sixteen – Tucker HD – Monster
Hip-Hop Deejay of the year – Deejay crim
Lifetime Achievement Award – Prim ‘N’ Propa
Hip-Hop Caller tune of the year – Recho Rey