Club Music Video Awards raise the bar
Posted Monday, September 23 2013 at 00:00
The inaugural Club Music Video Awards (CMVAs), held at the Uganda Manufacturers Association hall, in Lugogo on Friday were more than just an awards ceremony but a recap of the music industry through the years, a celebration of greatness and an awarding moment for the people behind the scenes.
There were but a few flaws at this red-carpet event. The first flaw was, Ugandans are yet to learn a thing about dressing up for such events, not even the organisers could heed to the dress code. Secondly, there was a lot of perfectionism which saw many of the award presenters and the show hosts themselves coil in their shells for much of the time as they had to read off a teleprompter. This let some boredom creep in, as the hosts of the awarding ceremony did not shine as expected. But one can’t blame Gaetano Kaggwa, being away from the Ugandan scene for so long and losing a dad in the same week is not something easy to handle. For Carol Mugasha, the MTV VJ, she was calm and composed but we needed more out of her.
Away from the flaws, we had the best stage set-up ever in Uganda, talk of an artistic set-up with great lighting. They got the security just right, the organisation, the crowd-management and above all, the time management.
If there is one thing the awards proved right, feelings change but memories don’t. Nostalgia hit everyone when Afrigo Band took to the stage with Moses Matovu and Joanita Kawalya doing some of their classics like Jim Wange. We also had various non-stop mixes of Ugandan hits through time, something to remind us that Emperor Orlando had a hit back in the days. Veteran musician Shanks Gumuras was just amazing, he seemed so natural in his style as he came to present one of the awards.
And to clarify that this was not a joking ceremony, Golola Moses’s comical skit was the opening act of the ceremony. He came on like a superstar, made a few trademark jokes, ripped his suit apart to expose his biceps and decided to leave “before the west went to the worst.” Several celebrities and socialities handed out awards including Prince Jjunju Ssuna Kiweewa, Crystal Newman, Fatboy, Seanice, Anita Kyarimpa, Isaac Ruuci and Joe Tabula. Patrick Salvado Idringi and Alex Muhangi provided a comical twist when they came to hand out an award, with Muhangi role-playing a Mukiga who had been given an award. And of course, Dr Maggie Kigozi was there to form the perfect Kigozi family bond at this event as her sons Navio and Fred Kigozi all won awards.
Talking of performances, the rehearsals must have done the magic. We had the energetic Cindy whose musical energy was contagious just like her attire. Jackie Chandiru was awesomely fantastic. Edwin Ruyonga had an amazing performance, just like Navio, Richy, Levixon and Toniks. Naava Grey had these nice umbrella dancers on stage that rubberstamped her star-performance. Keko perfectly closed up the night just on time as Club had promised days before. For the long awaited surprise product, Club introduced the Club Shorty, a 330ml bottle with a distinctive design.
The winners included Fred Kigozi who graced the stage a number of times, there were surprises, like the Power music video by Kino Musoke and of course, the ‘aha’ feelings when the winners matched the crowds’ predictions and silence when no one had an idea of Amaru, let alone her video, Stay, which saw her walk away with two awards. Like that one guy who received his award and said to his fans at the show “awwwwwuuu”, the awarding ceremony was just that, awesome and full of drama, like Patrick Salvado Indringi imagining what Amaru’s acceptance speech would have been like if she was present. “Omg, Lol, Lmao, Xoxo.” The awards were clear shades of greatness that have set the standard for any future awards in Uganda to follow.
Best Choreography: Viccy & Rosemary, Necessary Girls, Break Dance for Kata by Navio.
Best Cinematography: Kino Musoke for Power by GNL Zamba.
Best Costume and Makeup: Fred Kigozi for Kata by Navio.
Best Directing: Kino Musoke for Power by GNL Zamba.
Best Set Design: Fred Kigozi for Kata by Navio.
Best Special Effects: Frank Jah For the Mbalaba Bulabi by Rode N. Y.
Best Use Of Technology: Martin and Denis Centrix Wind It by Andy Music & Big Trill.
New Comer of The Year: Stay by Amaru.
Inspirational Message Video of The Year: Dream by Navio.
Collaboration of the Year: Why by Maro and Gravity
Best Duo or Group: Fantastic by Radio and Weasel.
Female Video of The Year: Stay by Amaru.
Male Video of The Year: Power by GNL Zamba.
Lifetime Achievement Award: Moses Matovu (Afrigo Band).