Hip-Hop at one time was the most promising genre in Uganda, Dating back to the mid and late 90’s when our own rappers blessed the stage and moved crowds whose audiences had come to attend other artistes like Afrigo band that did genres entirely different to what they had ever heard.
Right now Hip-hop has gone through immense transition that has left people divided on what is and what is not. For all we know Hip-hop has always been a culture, a way of life! A way of life black folks identified themselves with to express.
Back then recognition for who is better and best did not matter but getting heard was the core. People found way of making money from some of Hip-hop elements and since then there has been a great deal of diversification where Hip-hop (Old Skool) as a genre married with other genres to make new sounds like Trap. Similar to Trap In Uganda we have a one genre “Kidandali” where rappers lay verses on dance type beats whether it is Hip-hop or not it is up to you people to support what is Hip-hop and leave what is not!
There is only 32 days left to submissions for the very first Annual Hip-hop awards in Uganda. The awards will be happening in May and we urge all the rappers in Uganda to get ready to celebrate their Holidays in May after the awarding ceremony. The fans too get ready support whatever results reflects what is real in the Hip-hop Community in Uganda.
Below Is The List Of The 22 Categories; Two Of Which Are Chosen By The Panel Of Judges And The 20 Are Decided By The Fan’s Votes.
1. Female Artist
2. Male Artist
3. Mix-tape Of The Year
4. Album Of The Year
5. Song Of The Year
6. Best Hip-hop Freestyle Artist
7. Video Of The Year
8. Humanitarian Award – ( Picked By The Panel Of Judges )
9. Hustler Of The Year
10. Lyricist Of The Year
11. Producer Of The Year
12. Best Eastern Rapper
13. Best Northern Rapper
14. Best Central Rapper
15. Best Western Rapper
16. Media Personality Of The Year
17. Best Group / Duo / Collaboration
18. New Hip-Hop Artist
19. Best Featured Verse ( Sweet 16 )
20. Impact Track
21. I am Hip-Hop Icon – ( Picked By The Panel Of Judges )
22. Graffiti Designer Of The Year
SUBMISSIONS (( 15th JANUARY 2019 to 28th FEBRUARY 2019 ))
Submissions of music in each category that relates to performing acts are made by record labels and individuals. All Artistes (Rappers And Performing Acts) Countrywide Will Inbox On The Following Email ” email@example.com ” And Whatsapp on: +256 701 583 150 Inorder to recieve a form where submission shall be done. On the form, a performing act will be able to choose a category he / she thinks matches his works and accomplishments.
To be nominated for the 2019 ” 256 Hip Hop Awards ” ,an artist’s music has to have been played on any local Radio stations from the previous cycle of 1 JANUARY 2018 which ends on the 1st JANUARY 2019. Apart from radio, an artist can also get nomination if they have officially released their material on public media either print ,visual and online media. 3 credible local performances. Supporting documents are required e.g, newspaper articles, flyers , posters, video links and other evidence to show release of material .
The artist/group must be Ugandan, if not then they must have a Ugandan work permit and their work must be produced and released in the Republic of Uganda.
NOMINATION (( 1st MARCH 2019 – 30th MARCH 2019 ))
This involves a panel of unpaid judges who have contributed to the growth of the culture through broadcast, print media, activism channels. Members of the judging community are replaced on a yearly basis, to ensure that an exchange of new ideas takes place and improvements are made to ensure that the 256 Hip Hop Awards meet expected standards.
This time round we will give fans a chance to Nominate for their favorite rappers and that will be between 1st MARCH 2019 – 15th MARCH 2019 And From 16th MARCH 2019 – 30th MARCH 2019, It will be a period in which the judges will be announcing the NOMINEES.
VOTING (( 1st APRIL 2019 – 30th APRIL 2019 ))
Voting is based on the judges’ scores and public votes (40% judges and 60% public)
Categories for awarding will be posted and the number of characters’ mentions on social media shall be compared with the tallies from text messages and hence the final judgment about the winner of a particular category shall be made. The suitable Social Media platforms to use shall then be named.
Furthermore, upon the issue of text messaging;
A uniform code and the number shall be posted for everyone to cast his/her vote strictly,
at a maximum of 4 times per category, where by each and every message shall hold a uniform and a significant charge.
CEREMONY (( 15th May 2019 ))
An Awarding Event/Party shall not be organised in this first Edition of the ” 256 HIPHOP AWARDS ”
In That So, For Whoever Wins An Award,
Mumhanzi Mix 3 has just gotten bigger and better this one has the current heavy hitters on local radio charts and street hits with a mixture of the well known to the unknown this is indeed empowerment of the game .Leaders of in the genre Junior BrownMariachi and Cal Vin with bangers and leaders if the new school Takura and Asaph this mix has it all
1. Queen Vee – Nobody
2. Cal Vin – Z’khuphan
3. Daley Ft. Splits Loui – Zesa
4. Bryan G – Skiri
5. Asaph – Mambo
6. Mariachi Muzukuru Ft. Jnr Brown – Salsibury
7. Elly Gould – Rouge
8. King Kodini – Cde Tito
9. G Banks Ft. 2Lani – Talk is Cheap
10. Mariachi Mzukuru Ft. Asaph – Ice nemaDrinks
11. Takura – Hona Mandebvu
Mumhanzi Media and DJ Quincy have collaborated to fill in the gap left by the apparent lack of mixes when it comes to the Zim Hip Hop Mixes. Mumhanzi Media is well known for its engagements in Zim Hip Hop hence its collaboration with one of the hottest DJs in the capital, DJ Quincy is set bring fireworks.
The Local DJ has done mixes around the country and in South Africa. He is also a Resident DJ at a local club. DJ Quincy has joined forces with Mumhanzi Media to make weekly mixdowns to set a pace in Zim Hip Hop. This is a one of a kind collabo that is set to make waves across the country and beyond the borders. These mixes will be uploaded on the Zim Music Store and SoundCloud every Friday. The first debut is set to be on the 5th of September 2018.
Current updates of these mixes will be posted on Mumhanzi Media’s official Twitter page @MumhanziMedia under the hashtag #MumhanziMix. This initiative is set to take Zim Hip Hop to the next level. Great things are expected from this collaboration.
Mariachi’s Ice nemaDrinks is the 3rd single of his just released sophomore Album titled MZUKURU.It features the new wonder kid from Bulawayo ASAPH .The perfect summer jam ushering us out of winter season and into spring/summer.
Ice nemaDrinks is a celebration of life a theme song for the young at heart and free spirited.A blend of hip-hop and dance music .It has all the makings of a household anthem.
According to the prophetess Osofo Maame Perpetual, the award-winning rapper is into ‘occultism’ and will suffer the same fate as Castro if he does not put a stop to it.
In a video which is circulating online, Osofo Maame Perpetual mentioned that Sarkodie is part of the popular ‘Illuminati’ cult group.
Osofo Maame Perpetual is quite popular on social media for her often shocking and negative prophecies about Ghanaian celebrities.
This is not the first time Sarkodie has been said as being ‘Illuminati’. There have been numerous reports over the years suggesting this.
Indeed, the rapper in 2014 released a track titled ‘Illuminati‘ which was largely used to refute such allegations. Despite that, the reports have lingered on.
But this is the first time any such link has been drawn between Sarkodie and Castro’s disappearance. Castro, in July 2014, disappeared with his friend, Janet Bandu on the Ada river while riding a jet ski. Initial reports suggested that they had fallen off the jet ski.
The two had visited Aqua Safari Resort, as part of a group of friends of Black Stars captain Asamoah Gyan.
Since that time there have been many mystic theories about why Castro disappeared with some even saying that the Takoradi-born musician is still alive and living somewhere else.
It is not known if Osofo Maame’s warning to Sarkodie is a subtle suggestion that Castro too was an ‘Illuminati’ who suffered such ill fate because of his bad deeds.
Meanwhile, a popular radio presenter and DJ, Andy Dosty, has reignited the conversation about Castro’s disappearance with his claim that the singer did not into the river and there was more to the story.
According to Andy Dosty, he was more than sure that Castro did not fall into the river as people were made to believe and revealed that the facts of the matter had been skewed. “We know he’s alive, we know Castro is not dead.
But who doesn’t know this? Castro is not dead, we all know he’s not dead. When did he fall in water? Am saying it on authority, the boy didn’t fall in water.
“…they’ve been lying to us for so long, …enough of the lies… they saw that the jet ski was packed on a land and not on top of a river, the key string was in there so why would people lie about it that the guy has been drowned?”
As MI Abaga drops his new album Yung Denzel , we profile three things you may not know about the Short Black Boy from J-Town.
His mother has released an album
It is safe to say music runs in the Abaga family. Apart from MI being a big-time rapper and a top-notch producer, there is also a Jesse Jagz, whose music has become critics’ favourite.
And of course, Jagz himself is also a fantastic producer.
But not many people know MI’s mother has an album to her name. That said album was produced by the Short Black Boy himself.
MI and his mother have featured on a song together
During a recent chat with Guardian Life, the Microphone Magician said he featured his mum on one of his early records when he was starting out in Jos.
However, that song was not officially released.
Guess what? He is willing to jump on a record with her again.
He will do another record with Brymo. But…
That Brymo fell out with Chocolate City Music is not news. And that the Son of a Carpenter is doing a good job on his own is not in doubt.
But in spite of the ugly scenario surrounding Brymo’s departure from Choc City, the label’s CEO (that’s MI, in case you do not know) is willing to jump on a record with him again.
There is a but, however.
“I don’t think doing a song will be the first conversation we will have,” MI told us.
Doing a song together depends on the outcomes of some important conversations they must have had, he said.
Fans of the rapper have had to wait for a couple of years for the album, which was again pushed back this year prior to its release. A source from his record label Chocolate City said the last change in release date was due to delays in clearing a sample. The stylised full title of the album is A Study on Self Worth: Yxng Dxnzl.
In the time since he first mentioned the project online, MI has executively produced a clutch of albums, released the controversial single, ‘You Rappers Should Fix Up Your Life’ and announced a hip-hop festival.
He also found time to release Rendezvous, a project he called a playlist and featured MI alongside an artist or more on each track. Even as it appeared first, “Rendezvous is basically leftovers from the Yung Denzel project,” MI said in an interview with Music In Africa.
The title of the new album, he said, came from a badly received joke he made about looking like the American actor Denzel Washington. “So it is sort of like a satire on this almost foolhardy confidence in yourself that one must have to succeed at anything. I am a guy in Jos but I want to be the biggest rapper in Africa. Or I’m a guy from Bariga and I want to perform one day with Wale. It is almost insane. So that’s like me saying I remind myself of young Denzel and people say, ‘Are you crazy’”.
Featuring vaguely motivational long titles like ‘Do you know who you are? Take some time and meditate on You’ and ‘Love never fails, but where there are prophecies love will cease to Remain’, the album, said MI, is introspective. Following its release, he took to Twitter. “Sigh,” he tweeted. “This album is career suicide. Hopefully y’all are still with me.”
The statement was proven unfounded hours later when he posted a graphic showing Yung Denzelat number 1 on the Twitter trending chart hours later. “Wow guys!!!! I don’t deserve you guys,” he wrote. A later post showed that the new album also sits at the number one spot on iTunes, over such albums as American rappers J.Cole’s and Nicki Minaj’s 2014 Forest Hill Drive and Queen as well as over Wizkid’s Ayo and Bob Marley’s Legend (Remastered). “Guys we did it! Thank you, thank you,” MI tweeted.
A Study on Self Worth: Yxng Dxnzl by MI Abaga is available on iTunes
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