The Hipipo Awards are back to appreciate Ugandan music artistes. When the 2016 nominee list was released, what caught our attention was two artistes, Levixone and Ruyonga. Ruyonga this year released his Glory Fire album. One of the songs from Glory Fire album, Empisa which features St Nelly-sade and Annette Nandujja was nominated for best Hip hop song.
Best Hip Hop Song
1. Byayanga by Mun G
2. Empisa by Ruyonga Ft St. Nellysade & Nandujja
3. Kigozi (Iko Hivi) by Navio
4. Omwoto by Gravity Omutujju
5. Sirina Malala by Victor Kamenyo
Levixone on the other hand, was the other Gospel artiste shining in a mainstream category, being nominated in the same category as Bebe Cool, Bobi Wine, A Pass and Radio and Weasel. This was in the ‘Best Reggae Song’ category for his efforts on the hit single, jungle which garnered airplay from a good number of African countries including Kenya and Zambia. Congratulations Levixone, you are already a winner and we encourage our family to rally behind these two Artistes, Ruyonga and Levixone to help them bring these awards home.
Best Reggae Song
1. Go Mama by Bebe Cool
2. Kiggwa Leero by Bobi Wine
3. Wuuyo by A Pass
4. Jungle by Levixone
5. Don’t Cry by Radio & Weasel Ft. Wizkid
Finally, the 2016 Hipipo Awards Nominees for the Best Religious song category which is not restricted to Gospel music or music by Gospel Artistes had the following being nominated.
Best Religious Song
1. Kijja Kuggwa by Julie Mutesasira
2. Saum Kareem by Swahaba Kasumba
3. Samanya by Levixone and Akello
4. David Lutalo by Mukama katonda
5. Mercy Mercy by Pastor Wilson Bugembe
Vote for your best here. We won’t bias you.
Our special congratulations also go out to D King, a Nominee of best producer. He has produced a lot of the top Gospel music hits this year. We wish him the best.