Uganda is to hos this year’s AMI Awards Afrika, with celebrated rapper Sarkodie one of the performers at the event slated for the Kampala Serena Hotel on March 24.
According to former Big Brother Housemate Stella Nantumbwe, the vice-president of the AMI Awards franchise for Uganda, the awards at which Sarkodie is to perform will honour African artistes, community leaders, political figures, dignitaries, celebrities and stars who are pioneers in the arts, music and fashion.
“We are dedicated to the well-being, prosperity and preservation of the youth’s communities and families everywhere around the world through our arts and cultures,” she told a press at Mestil Hotel and Residences, Nsambya – Kampala.
In addition to Sarkodie, the other continental superstars lined up to perform at the awards include; Barbara Kanam, Lhiza James, Fabregas, Safary, Bill Clinton Kalonji, Babes Wadumo and Shellsy Baronet.
The event, which will be organised on an annual basis, started last year in the US, where African artistes were recognised for their work.
It was started by Esaie Schnaps, a Congolese national, under the Schnaps Universe Inc. Its main purpose is to celebrate African music and recognise the best performers on the continent musically.
On top of this year’s edition being hosted in Uganda, Ugandan musicians too are among the nominees in the awards.
Among those nominated include; Sheebah Karungi and Juliana Kanyomozi for best female eastern artiste, and Bebe Cool, Kenzo and Radio (RIP) and Weasel for best male eastern artiste.
Ykee Benda has been nominated for best male newcomer.
Other African nominees include Sauti Sol from Kenya, Sarkodie from Ghana, AKA from South Africa, Casper Nyovest from South Africa, Fally Ipupa from DR Congo and Diamond Platnumz from Tanzania.
The categories were structured by regions in Africa: central, eastern, southern, western and northern.
Both male and female categories were further created from these regions.
Other categories include best newcomer for both female and male artistes in French and gospel fields of music, best African group, best DJ Africa, best song of the year, best video of the year, legendary artiste, best dancehall artist, best rap and best male and female Kizomba of the year.
The next edition will be held in Senegal.