RWANDA’s only nominated gospel group, The Blessed Sisters, did not scoop any award during the Africa Gospel Music Awards held recently in the UK.
According to Peace Mwenedata, the group had done their best, but the award went to Kenya’s Daddy Owen, who also won the MTV Awards/ East Africa.
Owen beat Fabrice Nzeyimana (Burundi), Alice Kamande (Kenya), Exodus (Uganda), Christina Shusho (Tanzania), Gen Manasseh Mathiang (Sudan), and Blessed Sister (Rwanda), among others to win the Africa Gospel Music Awards in the East African category.
The group which created a mark on the East Africa’s gospel music scene after winning the 2010 Groove Awards, is made of three blood sisters; Peace Mwenedata, Rebecca Balinda and Dorcus Assimwe.
Africa gospel music awards 2011 winners:
Overall Best Male Artiste: Sonnie Badu - UK
Overall Best Female Artiste: Emmy Kosgei – Kenya
Best Song: Somore - Kenny K’ore
Best Music Video: I Need You More - Rebecca Arthur
Best Gospel Album: Three - No Tribe
Event of the Year: Africa Worship - Sonnie Badu, London, UK
Best Gospel Group: Tim Godfrey and Xtreme - Nigeria
Best Gospel TV Programme: X2D – Nigeria and Shine On - Channel O - DSTV
Best Gospel Radio Programme: Gospel Sunday - Milele FM - Kenya
Best Gospel DJ/Presenter: DJ Abbey Gee - UK and DJ Gosporella - Nigeria
Best Contribution to Africa Gospel Music: Lindlani Mkhezi - Joyous Celebration - South Africa and Adom Praize - Adom FM Ghana
Discovery of the Year: Atta Boafo’s - UK
Best Artiste/s (Europe): Dina Hamilton
Best Artiste/ (USA): Tolumide
Best Artiste (Southern Africa): Uche Agu
Best Artiste (East Africa): Daddy Owen.
Best Artiste (West Africa): Joe Praize
AGMA Special Award: Muyiwa Olarewaju and Outcry, Swaziland
Lifetime Achievement Awards: Rebecca Malope
Sonnie Badu, who was nominated for four awards: ‘Best song of the year (Adonai), ‘Event of the Year’, ‘Overall Best Male Artist’, and ‘Best Artist in Europe’, said: “Thank you for your love and support, these two awards are dedicated to all my fans.”
Meanwhile, gospel artistes Dominic Nic and Gaby Irene are expected to represent Rwanda in the East Africa Awards to be held in Kenya some time next month.