The 5th Prestigious HiPipo Music Awards Nominations final List.

It has been a great week for music! The nominations for the 5th prestigious HiPipo Music Awards (#HMA2017) were this week released from Monday 5th December to Friday 9th December.

A total of 35 categories were released including four special categories namely; Quinquennial Africa Music Vanguard Award (2012/2016), Music Icon of the Decade (Uganda: 2006-2016), HiPipo Video Trailblazer Award and Lifetime Achievement Award.  The other categories include East Africa Best Video, East Africa Super Hit, Song of the Year from Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and South Sudan. The nomination list is then completed with Uganda’s best performers as selected from different music genres and styles.

Sheebah Karungi, who has undoubtedly had an exceptional music year sealed with a massive album launch on 2nd December, lived up to the billing, with 11 nominations including Artiste of the Year, Best Female Artiste, Song of the Year, Video of the Year and Album of the Year among others.

The other top nominees include Ziza Bafana, Radio and Weasel, David Lutalo, Bebe Cool and Eddy Kenzo with each having at-least 5 nominations.

Under the theme ‘The Fans Decide’, the 5th HiPipo Music Awards have the most deserving nominees from across the different music fields, styles and audiences. The nominations were based on nomination forms as submitted by different stakeholders, music circulation, song quality and unique success.

“We are here again. After several months of serious research, stakeholders’ engagement and intense consultation, we are excited to unveil the nominees for the 5th edition of HiPipo Music Awards. The nominees are a clear reflection of the dynamism and difference in this year’s music. We congratulate all the nominees,” Innocent Kawooya, the CEO of HiPipo noted after releasing the nominations.

He added: “It is now the time for the fans to vote for the overall winners. This year we have website, sms and social media voting. Each of these voting avenues will contribute a percentage to the overall winners. It is important to note that the Awards keep growing and now covering the whole of Africa. While the Awards are in their 5th year, HiPipo is celebrating 10 years. The past decade has seen us innovate and deve

Here is the full list of nominees:

Artist of the Year

Ziza Bafana

Winnie Nwagi

Sheebah Karungi

Radio and Weasel

Eddy Kenzo

David Lutalo

Bebe Cool

Best Male Artist

Ziza Bafana


Eddy Kenzo

David Lutalo

Bobi Wine

Bebe Cool

Best Female Artist

Irene Ntale

Mary Bata

Rema Namakula

Sheebah Karungi

Stecia Mayanja

Winnie Nwagi

Best Music Group


City Rock Entertainment

Da New Eagles

Pine Avenue5

Radio & Weasel

Viva Stars

Best Breakthrough Artist


Carol Nantongo


Ffeffe Buusi

Jovan Luzinda

Roden Y

Album of the Year

Nva Kampala by A Pass

The Chosen Album by Navio

Nkwatako by Sheebah Karungi

Sidda Mukyaalo by Young Cardamom & HAB

Zero to Hero by Eddy Kenzo

Video of the Year

#1 Spice by Young Cardamom & HAB

African Gal by Bebe Cool

Crying by Sauti Ya Africa

Kisasi Kimu by Sheebah Karungi

Speed by Juju

Viva Africa by Eddy Kenzo

Song of the Year (Uganda)

Tuli Majje by Ziza Bafana

Nkwatako by Sheebah

Njogereza by Navio

Mwana Gwe by King Saha

Musawo by Winnie Nwagi

Kabulengane by Bebe Cool

Best Audio Producer

Danz Kumapeesa

Diggy Baur

Dr Fizzo




Best Video Producer

DFH Uganda (Dr. Cyril Ducottet)

Grate Make Films (Dr. Pest)

Jahlive Films (Dr. Frank Jah)

NG Filmz UG (Dr. Nolton)

Savy Films (Dr. Sasha Vybz)

Best Song Writer

Dokta Brain

John Kay

Moses Radio

Nince Henry



Best Hip Hop Song

Batuwulira by BigTril ft. Fille

Bukokolo by Mulekwa Nampeera

Eh Mama by Mith ft. Maro

Nduulu by Victor Kamenyo

Nsekula by Feffe Bussi and Sheebah

Sala Puleesa by Mun G

Tunyumize by Gravity Omutujju

Best RnB Song

Addicted by Maro Ft Iryn Namubiru

I Do by Diana Nalubega

Kidomoole by Hindu Asha

Kyewankola by Fille & Ray Signature

Nawe by Clarissa Nabulime

Nsikatila by Undercover brothers

Best Ragga Dancehall Song

Emotoka by Lil Pazo

Farma (Farmer) Remix by Ykee Benda And Sheebah Karungi

Ki Ekiganye by Bebe Cool

Still Standing by Cindy Sanyu

Tuli Kuki by Spice Diana

Tuli Majje by Ziza Bafana

Walk To Work by Nutty Nathan

Best Reggae Song

African Gal by Bebe Cool

Mariana by A Pass

Namagembe by Maddox Semanda

You are Mine by Nubian Li & Katera Afrika

Best Religious Song

Abikwasaganya by Coopy Bly

Ani by Levixone

Gwensinza by Sarah Musayimuto

Happy by Exodus

Omusiibi by Swahaba Kasumba

Talemwa by Maureen Nantume and Pastor Bugembe

Sinze Ninja By Naira Ali

Best Band Song

Alintwala by Stecia Mayanja

Embosera by Jovan Luzinda

Nantale by Chris Evans

Oliwa Mukisa by Stabua Natooro

Onsaanuula by David Lutalo

Sembera by Mary Bata

Best Folk Song

Mayumba Kumi by Jackie Kizito

Njogereza by Navio

Omulangadu by Gibson Fitting & Angella Kirabo

So Nice by David Lutalo

Tindi Tindirio by Kapalaga Baibe

Africa by Henry Tigan ft Kian Banks

Best Zouk Song

Ddagala by Eddy Kenzo

Omusawo by Winnie Nwagi

Ontuuka by Carol Nantongo & Dr Hilderman

Same Way by Geosteady And Lydia Jazmine

Sembera by Irene Ntale

Sibookya by Princess Amiirah

Sibyamukisa by Rema Namakula

Best Afrobeat Song

Agatako by Deejay Pius And Dr Jose Chameleone

Aidah by Bobi Wine

Akalulu by Ziza Bafana

Mwana Gwe by King Saha

Mwana Wabandi by Radio and Weasel

Ndiwamululu by Geo Steady

Nkwatako by Sheebah Karungi

Number Emu Kabako by Roden Y

Best Afropop Song

Dangerous by Ceaserous

Kaazi Yetu Afande OJ & Afande Miah

Kabulengane by Bebe Cool

Nazaala by Lily Kadima

Nkuziniremu by Big Eye

Omulembe Guno by Aziz Azion and Sheebah Karungi

Best DJ

B2K Selector

Deejay Crim

DJ Baby Love

Dj Crisio

Dj Hearts

Dj Mark

Dj Shiru

Dj Slick Stuart & Dj Roja

Selector Jay

Best Regional Song

Ngom Ukelu by Bush Boy

Professor by Carol Kay

Kyakwera by Penny Patra Ft. Master J

Obulimi by Shine Omukiga

Ninkwesiga by Ray G Rhiganz

SeNiyo Uffura by Kmas

Leb Luo Kur by Okeng Born Town Ft Professa Big Wokos

Sekamu by Jessy Nector

Calo Fire by Tembo Hudson

Batugeya by T Jay Ft. Juicy Landy

Nalaarila by Omukajanga Jose MC Da Virus and Sarah Ntuule

I love You by Candy Beibe

Imito Gwaka by Pretty B Ft OJ Maxwell

Must Watch Talent (Commendation Certificate)

Aidan Queen

Allan Hendrick


Da Agent

Danra De Leader

Dickson Effekt

Hot Kawa

Jayman and T-Paul

Joe Bbosa

Kent & Flosso Voltage Music


Lilian Fatta


Shidy Style

Topic Kasente


Commended A-Cappella Group (Commendation Certificate)

Canaan Gents

Cape Brothers


His Grace

Jehovah Shalom

Melody Gents

The Harmonics

Quinquennial Africa Music Vanguard Award (2012-2016)

Anselmo Ralph

Bebe Cool

Cassper Nyovest

Diamond Platnumz

DJ Arafat

Eddy Kenzo

Fally IPupa

Radio and Weasel


Sauti Sol



Music Icon of the Decade


Ronald Mayinja

Radio and Weasel


Mesach Semakula

Juliana Kanyomozi

Jose Chameleone

Iryn Namubiru

Eddy Kenzo

David Lutalo

Bobi Wine

Bebe Cool

Geofrey Lutaaya

East Africa Super Hit

Agatako by Dj Puis & Jose Chameleone

Kamatia by Navy Kenzo

Salome by Diamond Platnumz Ft. Rayvanny

Shoulder Back by Redsan

Unconditional Bae by Sauti Sol Ft Alikiba

Zigo Remix by AY feat. Diamond Platnumz

East Africa Best Video

African Gal by Bebe Cool

Kisasi Kimu by Sheebah Karungi

Kuliko Jana by Sauti Sol Ft RedFourth Chorus

Salome by Diamond Platnumz Ft. Rayvanny

Utanipenda by Diamond Platnumz

Song of the Year: Kenya

Give It To Me by Akothee Ft Mr. Flavour

No Woman No Party by The Kansoul

Papa by King Kaka ft Elani

Shoulder Back by Redsan

Sirudi by Elani and Jaguar

Tenda Wema by Ringtone ft. Christina Shusho

Unconditionally Bae by Sauti Sol and Alikiba

Song of the Year: Tanzania

Aiyola by Harmonize

Aje by Alikiba

Kajiandae by Ommy Dimpoz X Alikiba

Kamatia by Navy Kenzo

Niroge by Vanessa Mdee

Salome by Diamond Platnumz Ft Rayvanny

Su by Yamoto Band Feat Ruby

Zigo Remix by Ay ft. Diamond Platnumz

Song of The Year: Rwanda

Agatako by DJ Pius Ft. Jose Chameleone

Habibi by The Ben

Indoro by Charly & Nina Feat Big Fizzo

Ko Nashize by Butera Knowless

Only You by Ben Kayiranga Ft The Ben

Rwanda by Urban Boys

Turaberanye by Bruce Melodie

Song of the Year: South Sudan

Zaman Towil by WJ the King

Sambala by MB Law and Rhapsody Ft Radio & Weasel

Juba Karabu by Mr. Lengs

It’s you by Neetah baby

Dula Nga Ya by Kawaja Revolution.

Ana Gaid by Crazy Fox