Nominees for the sixth edition of Groove Awards Rwanda. There are 23 categories.
Unlike previous editions, this year’s edition, features new faces of promising artistes, and worship teams, mainly from upcountry. Also, this year’s edition of the awards will have a new format, whereby the winners will be determined by a panel of judges instead of the fans.
Noel Nkundimana, chairperson of the panel of judges, said that this year’s change was meant to make the awards more inclusive and competitive. He explained that due to the fact that the public is not familiar with some new categories, it was preferred that the winners be determined by a panel of judges instead of the fans, as it has been in the past.
Healing Drama team performs at the 2018 Groove Awards nomination night in Kigali. Photo by Frederic Byumvuhore.
The awards aim at recognising the best performing personalities in the gospel music industry. This year’s awards are themed ‘Re-ignite and build’, to inspire partners in the gospel music industry to work together and develop it productively. The theme was drawn from Nehemiah 2:17-18.
During the nomination event, gospel personalities observed a minute of silence to honor the deceased members of gospel industry, including, rapper Jonathan Gakunzi, who passed away last week and Sabine Mucyo, wife to Caleb Uwagaba, who passed away in October.
Evans Mwendwa, aka DJ Spin, the head of Groove Awards Rwanda, appreciated the contribution of different stakeholders, towards the progress of Groove Awards Rwanda.
The judges for this year’s edition include Noel Nkundimana, Jeannine Mukabacondo, commonly known as Mama Kenzo, Peace Nicodem Nzahoyankuye, and Issa Noël Kalinijabo who are all media practitioners.
The winners will be announced on December 15. Below is the list of nominees:
Male artiste of the year
Female artiste of year
Choir of the year
Ambassadors of Christ
5. Shalom choir
New artiste/new group of the Year
Trinity worship team
Ministry/group of the Year
New Melody choir
Healing Worship Team
Song of the Year
Ibasha gukora by Prosper Nkomezi
Indahiro by Aime Uwimana ft Israel Mbonyi
Ikidendeziby Ukuboko kw’iburyo
Mwami icyo wavuzeby Healing worship team
Turakomeyeby Alarm Ministries
Nyabihangaby Shalom choir
Worship song of the Year
Binkoze ku mutimaby Danny Mutabazi
Nakwiturikiby Bosco Nshuti
Mwami icyo wavuze by Healing Worship Team
Biramvura by Serge Iyamuremye
Paid in Full by Asaph Worship Band
HIP-hop song of the Year
Agatama ka Yesuby Rev Kayumba
Isoko by Elimax ft Olivier the legend
Warakoze manaby One Family One Vision
Intwaro z’imana by The Pink
Narasogongeye by NPC
Afro-Pop song of the Year
Ndi mu rukundo by Emmy Payton
You love meby The Pink ft Colombus & NPC
Yari njyeweby Serge Iyamuremye
Naganze remix by Colombus
Inkovuby Freddy Don ft Olivier the Legend.