music producers, writers and cartoonists mingled freely with promoters
of arts and culture as three music videos were launched in Nairobi on
The musicians being feted were contemporary African gospel group Yunasi,
urbanative duo Gidi Gidi-Maji Maji, and 2002 KORA music nominee for Most
Promising Female Artiste Suzzana Owiyo.
Another positive development was the introduction by Kenya Airways of
music by local artistes on its international flights. This saw the music
of the likes of E-Sir, Nameless, Kawesa, and Cool James introduced to
users of KQ.
Resurrecting after five years of dormancy, the Kisima Music Awards were
held at Carnivore on June 21 to coincide with Fete de la Musique (World
Culture Minister Najib Balala and French ambassador to Kenya Pierre Jacquemot,
graced the occasion that saw Issah Mmari (E-Sir) dominate posthumously
as Best Male Artist of the Year, Hip Hop Artist of the Year, and also
produce Song of the Year Award (Bumba Train) and Album of the Year Award
Other winners were as follows:
Overall group of the Year Award —Gidi Gidi
Contemporary Gospel Artiste/ Group of the Year —Henrie
Female Artiste of the Year —Henrie Mutuku
Most Promising Artiste of the Year —Suzanna Owiyo
R&B Artiste of the Year —Mercy Myra
Reggae Artiste Group of the Year —Mr Googz and
Best Music Video —Baby Don’t Go —Kunguru
featuring Mr Lenny
Music Producer of the Year — Lucas Bukedo
Best Western Kenya Benga Artiste of the Year —Princess
Central Kenya Benga Artiste of the Year —Kamande
Eastern Kenya Benga Artiste of the Year —Katitu
Afro Benga Gospel Artiste/Group of the Year Award —Shari
Best Traditional Group of the Year — Bakulutu Afrika.
Bango Artiste/Group of the Year Award — Mzee Joseph
Best Taarab Artiste/Group of the Year —Nyota Ndogo.