Rwandan musician Knowless Butera, on Friday, won Rwandan Artiste of the Year Award (2015) in Bingwa Music Awards, organised in Kenya. The second edition of Bingwa Music Awards was held at the Prestige Plaza in Nairobi.
“I’m so happy I won this award, it shows how far I have come and how far I can go. Starting a new year with an award is also an encouragement that I should work even harder to achieve more”
Knowless, born Jeanne d’Arc Butera, who will launch her fourth album in July, said she thinks she won the award because of the collaborations she’s been doing with regional artistes.
Last year, she worked with Roberto of Zambia in her song ‘Te Amo’ and, a few years back, she released ‘Mbyemere’, featuring Uganda’s Vampino.
Knowless beat Tom Close, King James, Dr Claude and Barbara Panther to the award
Sauti Sol (East African Artiste of the Year), Diamond Platnumz (Bingwa Artiste of the Year, Tanzania), Cindy (Artist of The Year, Uganda) and Wyre Da Love Child (Ever Relevant Artist of the Year, East Africa) were the other winners on the night.
The Bingwa Awards were created with view to recognise all genres of musical talents in East Africa.
Knowless’ latest achievement comes just a few months after she was also nominated for the 2016 KORA Awards (East African Female Artiste of the Year). She remains in contention for the award. The KORA All Africa Music Awards are given annually to music achievers in Sub-Saharan Africa.
You can vote for Knowless for best East African Female Artiste, by texting Kora 19 and send to +248984000.
Full list of Friday’s winners
East Africa Artist of The Year – Sauti Sol
Artist of The Year Kenya – The Kansoul
Artist of The Year – Bahati
New Artist of The Year – Dufla Diligon
Songwriter of The Year – Visita
Artist of The Year Tanzania – Diamond Platnumz
Artist of The Year Uganda – Cindy Sanyu
Artist of The Year South Sudan – Mary Boyoi
Artist of The Year Rwanda – Knowless
Dialect Artist of The Year – Ken wa Maria
Performer of the Year – H Art The Band
Ever Relevant Artist of The Year – Wyre
Showbiz writer of The Year – Manuel Ntoyai ; The People Daily.
Showbiz Personality of The Year – Willis Raburu
Showbiz Magazine of The Year – Pulse Magazine
East Africa DJ of The Year- Deejay Joe Mfalme
Deejay of The Year – Deejay Crossfade
Video of The Year – Papa Dennis
Video Director of The Year – Enos Olik
Entertainment Site of The Year – Mpasho
Come Back of The Year – Octopizzo
Album of The Year – Legends of Kaka -King Kaka
Song of The Year – Fimbo ya Tatu-Grandpa
Verse of The Year – Gabu -P-Unit
Radio Station of the Year– Radio Maisha
Radio Presenter of The Year– Rashid Abdalla – Qfm
East African Comedian of The Year -Jalango’o
Legendary Award of The Year– Fred Obachi Machoka; Radio Citizen
East African Record label of the Year- Grandpa Records.