February 25, 2010 – One Groove Awards comin’ up! The red carpet was folded when I got there, maybe because they did not expect guests to be as on time as they were.
That was refreshing. So the awards are happening on the May 1, but before then organisers are calling on Kenya’s gospel talent to use the two weeks given to them to hand in their nominations. (They have until March 12).
Those successful will be announced another two or so weeks later on March 30, and it just might be a very tough call.
According to Safaricom, the flagship sponsor for the music awards, and this through their Skiza Caller Back Ring Tune service, out of every ten Skiza downloads, at least six are local gospel tunes.
Safaricom Chief Human Resource Officer Joseph Ogutu described it as a ‘great tribute to the impressive growth of this (gospel) genre and its exponents.’
“One of the new categories (in this year’s awards) will be the Skiza Gospel Ringback Tune of the Year, which will be open to all gospel artists whose music is on the Skiza catalogue,” Ogutu added.
Founder of the Awards, Kevin Mulei, said that this year the celebration of Jesus tracks will spread to include Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi and Rwanda – which he said would translate into a ‘regional celebration of excellence in gospel music.
The event will include three Groove tours; one each in Mombasa, Kisumu and Nairobi with the successful nominees, before culminating a glamorous experience at the KICC. Guests there will be in the able hands of Amani Maranga (of Mavuno church) who will be the emcee.
“The Groove Tour will be used to market the gospel music industry, promote the nominees music and products across the country and open doors for upcoming aspiring singers, songwriters and musicians. It will also act as a tool for giving back to society by visiting prisons, children’s homes and other deserving members of society,” said organisers, Mo Sound.
In the well attended function on Wednesday evening, it was announced that entry forms could be downloaded on www.grooveawards.co.ke.
DNA was also present looking very swanky n all. Pete Odera (pastor) was looking good too. He told gospel artists not to forget to put Jesus in their cool/funky Christians jams.