Saturday August 9 2014

VIGA: It is back, bigger and better

By Jonathan Adengo

The third edition of the Victoria Gospel Music Awards (VIGA), is on today (Saturday) at Theatre Labonita. The awards, which mainly seek to recognise gospel artistes, were last held in 2008 due to financial difficulties. The awards, which previously covered only Pentecostal artistes, are now open to other denominations thus widening the scope, according to the awards chairperson Prince Nick Nyombi. These include Catholics, Protestants, SDAs and Anglicans.

The awards aim to recognise and reward singers, producers, technical teams and more, across genres and religious denominations. Nominees include solo artistes, collaborations such as Cooper and Naava Grey (One In A Million), as well as church choirs and bands.

While the nominees list is peppered with the usual suspects such as Wilson Bugembe, Julie Mutesasira, Levixione and Exodus, there are also refreshingly new names, including Abbey Kibalama and Rev Fr Ssenfuma, among others.
The awards will recognise more than 47 artistes and will start at 4pm. This time round, the guests, who will be treated to a red carpet event, will be entertained with guest performances from gospel musician Dafari from Kenya and leading Ugandan artistes like Judith Babirye and Wilson Bugembe.
All these performances will be held outside Theatre Labonita on the street, after which guests will enter the theatre for the awarding ceremony.
The tickets go for Shs30,000 and Shs50,000 at theatre Labonita and Watoto Church Central.