Singer Moses Ssali aka Bebe Cool has spoken out on his 2015 MAMA nomination and the importance of these awards, especially to Ugandan artistes.
He was last Wednesday speaking at the announcement of MTV Africa Music Awards by MTV Africa and MTV Base held at Mestil hotel, Nsambya.
“Our music industry in Uganda and East Africa…we see South Africa and Nigeria as far ahead of us. If you get nominated, you feel you are getting closer and so does the industry. And who gives you that opportunity, it’s the MAMAs,” Bebe said.
“I feel so good, that the Ugandan music industry is getting closer and closer,” said Bebe during an engaging Q&A discussion alongside highly skilled songstress Sheebah Karungi together with talented South African rapper Nasty C.
Bebe said it is not just his own happiness but all Ugandan artistes.
“I love the fact that when your name is mentioned, you get to know where you belong at that time.”
He went on: “So the MAMA gives you the rating and then it is up to you. I’m glad it is in Uganda to rate our music and help us rate ourselves. I love the fact that Nigeria can be ten times greater than Uganda but the mamas are here right now and I’m in them.”
The Iconic MTV Base celebration, MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA), which showcases the ultimate in African culture, music, and creativity, will be held in a re-imagined virtual format in partnership with Uganda, The Pearl of Africa on February 20th 2021.
The MTV Africa Music Awards Kampala 2021 will be broadcast on MTV Base (DStv Channel 322) and MTV (DStv Channel 130).
The repeat show will also be aired on BET Africa, BET International and MTV channels across multiple continents as a one-hour MAMA-themed MTV World Stage feature.
The ultimate celebration of local African and international talent and achievement, MAMA 2021, in partnership with Uganda, The Pearl of Africa, recognizes and rewards musicians, trailblazers and those who are shining a light on the continent’s diverse talent and creativity by instilling positive impact on African music and youth culture over the previous year.
The awards ceremony will feature vibrant performances from leading African and international artists and will also showcase some of the biggest cross-genre and cross-border collaborations.
The event will celebrate African talent across 20 award categories, including Best Male, Best Female, Best Song, and Best Collaboration.
The contribution of artists from Portuguese and French-speaking Africa will also be recognized in the Best Lusophone and Best Francophone categories. Additional new categories included are the MAMA Generation Change Award, Best Fan Base, Alone Together Best Lock-down Performance and Personality of the Year.
These new categories seek to demonstrate MTV Base’s commitment to supporting the youth of Africa.
The MAMA Generation Change Award will recognize the inspiring, young changemakers of the continent who are tackling some of the world’s most challenging social problems.
The Alone Together Best Lock-down Performance recognizes outstanding performances that took place virtually by celebrating artists who took to streaming services to share their music and unite society during the unprecedented 2020 Lockdown.
The category selection criteria is from October 1st 2019 to October 1st 2020.
The nominees will be announced in December 2020 and music lovers will have their say by voting for their favourite stars online.