On Friday (Nov. 26) over 300 nominees were unveiled for the first-ever Janzi awards that are scheduled to take place on December 11 and 12 at Kololo airstrip.
A number of industry stakeholders, including officials from the government that is; Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Ministry of Tourism, and the Uganda National Cultural Center (UNCC), did attend the invite only event that was held at the Sheraton Hotel gardens to announce the nominees.
Other high-profile guests at the event included; Dr. Patrick Mangeni, Dean, School of Liberal and Performing Arts at Makerere University, Kin Kariisa, Group CEO of Next Media Services, Irene Kaggwa-Sewankambo, Executive Director of Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), and several others
The Janzi Awards are envisioned as an inclusive experience where outstanding achievements, innovations and diversity in Uganda’s Cultural, Creative, and Performing Arts forms will be recognized and celebrated.
Over 90 awards from various categories capturing key domains in the industry are to be awarded and these include; performing arts, visual arts, crafts, books and publishing, software and innovations, cultural and national heritage, music, film and video.
Upon closure of public voting on December 5, members of the Janzi Awards Academy will review the nominees and vote for the winners in all 96 categories. The public vote will constitute 30 percent of the overall winner’s vote.
Among the nominees for this year’s awards are: Azawi with about four nominations; female artist of the year, outstanding album of the year (African music), outstanding afrobeat/Pop artist and outstanding performer, Pallaso up with Eddy Kenzo and Fik Fameica for the male artist of the year award, Flex D’peper and Ffefe Busi for the Hip-Hop award, Spice Diana, Ykee Benda, Pia Pounds are also among the long list nominees.
Meanwhile, on Friday, it was also revealed that the Janzi Awards Academy will honor Afrigo Band’s Moses Matovu with a Lifetime Achievement Award in Music.
According to JAA, the award is given to performers, who, during their lifetimes, have made creative contributions of outstanding artistic significance in the domain of music and will rotate between the different domains annually.
Voting is now open and you can do so here.