Weekend Recap: And the 2018 Groove Awards with Safaricom Winners are…

Weekend Recap: And the 2018 Groove Awards with Safaricom Winners are...

Fashion, Pomp and Color graced the red carpet black-tie event whose style was largely inspired by this year’s theme – Rebuild, which focuses on the message of unity in rebuilding and restoring the glory of the gospel industry and the country at large.

Kasarani Nairobi, (June 24th, 2018) – The 13th Annual Groove Awards with Safaricom went down earlier today, in a colorful celebration held at the Kasarani Indoor Arena.

Guardian Angel of “Nadeka” bagged the Artist of the Year Award which was the most coveted award of the evening while Odi Dance by Timeless Noel, Jabidii & Hype Ochi won big by bagging 4 awards in Song of the Year, Collabo of the Year, Dance Style of the Year and Skiza Ringback Tune categories respectively. The awards for Teen Choice Song of the Year went to Master Piece for his song Chini Ya Mwamba.

Weekend Recap: And the 2018 Groove Awards with Safaricom Winners are...

The Groove Awards 2018 Red Carpet Sauce

“This has been a different year and an amazing one at that. We made a myriad of changes in how we have run the awards previously for more public inclusion and we are so happy that the changes were received very well both by the artists and the public. We have seen a larger participation and ownership of the awards process especially tonight which is a great honour. This is the biggest production in Kenya and by far Africa involving Artists, Dancers, DJs and Top Producers” said Groove Awards Founder Kevin Mulei.

Among the highlights of the ceremony were throwback gospel old school show-stopping performances by Mercy Masika, Joyce Omondi, Mercy Wairegi, Pitson, Rebecca Soki amongst others who took to stage some of Kenyan biggest hits supported by the Groove Band

Other performances that carried the night included Mash ups of 2017/2018 big hits by amongst others, Moji Short Baba, Master Piece and the big win dance- Odi Dance by Timeless Noel, Jabidii & Hype Ochi which scooped 4 awards.

Winners in each category were selected based on number of votes by the public, a two weeks long process that began soon after the Groove Nominations Night earlier in the month.

Speaking during his acceptance speech, Guardian Angel who scooped the Artist of the year award called upon gospel artistes to produce more music that glorifies God saying Nadeka came to him at his lowest and it became the song that got him the recognition that he had so yearned for years.  He urged them to be keen on content asking them to wait on God as his timing is the best.

Weekend Recap: And the 2018 Groove Awards with Safaricom Winners are...

Groove Awards 2018 Media Personality of the year, DJ Mo

A surreal moment engulfed thousands that were in attendance at the 13th Edition of Groove Awards with Safaricom as the Late Angela Chibaloza was honored with the Contributor to the industry award and there after a tribute performance. Other big winners of the evening were:  Willy Paul, who took home the award for Music Video of the Year (Jigi Jigi), Jabidii for Breakthrough Artist of the Year, Reuben Kigame Feat Gloria Muliro for Praise and Worship Song of the Year (Huniachi), DJ Terrots for the Breakthrough DJ of the year, DJ Mo for the Media Personality of the Year and Eko Dydda for HipHop Song of the Year (Cheki Vile).

A winner’s concert is slated on 8th July 2018 at The Embu Municipal Council Stadium and will see all winners meeting their fans to celebrate their wins whilst appreciating their support during the nomination and voting process.

Complete list of winners; –

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

GUARDIAN ANGEL

SONG OF THE YEAR

ODI DANCE – TIMELESS NOEL, JABIDII & HYPE OCHI/ Producer : David Saidi 

TEENS CHOICE SONG OF THE YEAR

CHINI YA MWAMBA – MASTERPIECE

BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST OF THE YEAR OF THE YEAR

JABIDII

HIPHOP SONG OF THE YEAR

CHEKI VILE – EKO DYDDA

REGGAE/RAGGA  SONG OF THE YEAR

SHOOT SATAN – JABIDII

PRAISE AND WORSHIP SONG OF THE YEAR

HUNIACHI – REUBEN KIGAME FEAT. GLORIA MULIRO

COLLABO OF THE YEAR

ODI DANCE – TIMELESS NOEL, JABIDII AND HYPE OCHI

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR

JIGI JIGI – WILLY PAUL / Video Producer : Sammy D

DANCE STYLE/SONG OF THE YEAR

ODI DANCE – TIMELESS NOEL, JABIDII AND HYPE OCHI

MEDIA PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR

DJ MO

HYPEMAN/MC OF THE YEAR

TIMELESS NOEL

BREAKTHROUGH DJ  OF THE YEAR

DJ TERROTS

WESTERN COUNTIES SONG OF THE YEAR

INGABO – GLORIA MULIRO

EASTERN COUNTIES SONG OF THE YEAR

KIWANGO KINGI – WILBERFORCE MUSYOKA

RIFT VALLEY COUNTIES SONG OF THE YEAR

ARUSI – CYRUS KOECH

COASTAL COUNTIES  SONG OF THE YEAR

WATANGOJA SANA – ANNASTACIA MUKABWA

CENTRAL  COUNTIES SONG OF THE YEAR

IREMA – SHIRU WA GP

NYANZA COUNTIES SONG OF THE YEAR

COME TO ME – FENNY KERUBO

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTOR TO THE INDUSTRY

ANGELA CHIBALONZA

SONGWRITER AWARD

REUBEN KIGAME

SKIZA RINGBACK TUNE

ODI DANCE – TIMELESS NOEL, JABIDII & HYPE OCHI/ Producer : David Saidi

 

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