Controversy Mar Kisima Awards With Massive Walkouts And Artistes’ Snub

November 4, 2012

Controversy.. Walkouts… Snubs .. The 2012 Kisima Awards

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The Kisima awards was finally held on Friday at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre. The awards ceremony has been full of controversy ever since the list of nominees was announced. Many of those nominated pulled out, with the eventual artiste of the year Daddy Owen coming close to pulling out. He however promised to give Sh 1 million of his award money to Denno and the other one million to charity. 
Most of those nominated snubbed the event. The only winners present were:Daddy Owen, Nameless, Nonini and Otieno Aloka of the Kanunga Eteko fame. Camp Mulla, P-Unit, Avril, Wyre, Jose Chameleone and Sauti Sol, failed to show up, though they emerged as winners in their categories. 
The event was characterized by massive walkouts by the fans who had paid Sh 2000 to attend. Some of them cited ‘too many performances’ by relatively unknown upcoming artistes. 
Some of the artistes who had declined their nominations included: Size 8, DNA and cannibal. 
The following is the full list of nominees, with the winner in bold. 
Best Upcoming Artiste
Anto Neosoul
Camp Mulla
Yvonne Darcq
Best Boomba Artist
Shine – Amileena
My Reason – Habida
Vidonge – Size 8
Kitu Kimoja – Avril
Maswali Ya Polisi – DNA
Vunja Shingo – Q-Tasi ft Mejja
Fimbo Ya Kwanza – Grandpa Family
Boogez Boogez – Prince Davis
Best Urban Song
Ha-He – Nonini/Just-A-Band 
Party Don’t Stop – CampMulla  
Welcome 2 the Disco – MuthoniDQ
Kusunga – Boneless
Best Fusion Artiste
Chips Funga – Anto Neo-soul  
Coming Home – Nameless   
Saida – Dan Aceda
Mama Africa – Judith Bwire
Jahera Na – Juliet
Still a liar – Wahu
Gospel Artiste of the Year
Daddy Owen ft. Denno – Mbona
Eko Dydda – Psalms 23
Eunice Njeri – Natamani
Mastar Piece ft. DK – Kofii Yoo
Emmy Kosgei – Ololo
Willy Paul ft. Gloria Muliro – Sitolia
Best Ragga/Reggae
Mbona – Daddy Owen
Nairobi Rough – Fireson
Number One – Kevo Yout
Guarantee – Wyre
What You Like – Longombas ft Mr. Vegas
Music Video of the Year
Nameless – Coming Home
Rabbit – Swahili Shakespeare
Juliani – Exponential Potential
Daddy Owen – Mbona
Nonini – Colour Kwa face
Wahu – Still A Liar
Best Hip Hop Artist
Mafans – Cannibal 
Prep – Xtatic   
On Top – Octopizzo    
Swahili Shakespeare – Rabbit
Colour Kwa Face – Nonini
Exponential Potential – Juliani
Collabo of the Year
Don’t Want To Be Alone – AY ft Sauti Sol   
Make You Dance – Keko ft Madtraxx 
Mpita Njia – Alicios ft Juliana
Mbona – Daddy Owen ft Denno
Gentleman – P Unit ft Sauti Sol
What You Like – Longombas ft Mr. Vegas
East African Recognition Award
TMK – Kichwa Kinauma (TZ)
Jackie Chandiru – Golddigger (UG)
Lady Jaydee ft. Mr Blue – Wangu (TZ)
Professor Jay – Kamiligado (TZ)
Chameleone – Valu Valu (UG)
Diamond – Mawazo (TZ)
Dynamq – Jere Jere (Southern Sudan)
Best Benga Song
Sihai Malo – Judith Bwire  
Kaana Funny – Kamande wa Kioi
Momo – Murimi wa Kahalf 
Kanungo Eteko – Otieno Aloka
Lifetime Achievement Award

Artist of the Year
Camp Mulla     
Daddy Owen  (Kshs. 2 million cash prize)
Emmy Kosgei


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