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*Burundi President – Pierre Nkurunziza* receives prestigious HiPipo Music Awards winner Natacha La Boss*Burundi President – Pierre Nkurunziza* has officially received 2019 *prestigious HiPipo Music Awards* winner for *Africa Fans’ Favorite Fresh Talent – Natacha La Boss at State House,* Bujumbura. The president congratulated *Natacha for representing Burundi very well.* *Sponsored by GOD,* the prestigious *#HiPipoMusicAwards* continues to grow in to a continental platform that appreciates and recognizes Africa’s biggest artistes. This year’s grand finale was held on 16th March at Kampala Serena Hotel. *#WeTheBest* 💪🏾😅
2019#WeTheBest: Celebrating Music’s Best HiPipo Music Awards, has cemented The Hall of Fame to honor music of lasting quality that has made contributions to Africa’s cultural heritage. The 8th Awards theme #WeTheBest highlights the fact that every nominee and eventual winner has done a good job and joins #HiPipoMusicAwards the high table of the best in music. HiPipo having served the industry for over 13 years and held yearly awards events since 2012 is none but the best! From greatness to greatness; Expect top notch production, star studded performances and glamorous red carpet at the Kampala Serena. Tickets at 200,000 UGX VIP Tables at 3 Million.
2018The glamorous and prestigious 7th HiPipo Music Awards was successfully executed. The gala night saw several winners including the 4-accolades winner Sheebah that won Artist of the year. The event was marvelous, it was ballistics, it was nice, it was fantastic and so lit! Best production, Full House Serena with graceful nominees/winners, and mouthwatering performances! Thank you all that made the 7th #HiPipoMusicAwards a great success! Congratulations to all the winners.
2017With a major step into celebration of music from across Africa, the glamorous and prestigious 6th HiPipo Music Awards was successfully executed and held at Kampala Serena Hotel on February 4, 2017. Among the notable regional winners was Song of the Year Rwanda “Indoro by Charly & Nina Ft Big Fizzo” and East Africa Best New Act “Navy Kenzo”
2016It was once again a red-carpet affair as the 5th prestigious HiPipo Music Awards was held at the Kampala Serena Hotel on January 30, 2016. Many artists and VIPs graced the red carpet. Among many graceful winners on the night was David Lutalo who picked the biggest award being crowned artist of the year while Sheebah picked the video of the year award and bagged the female artist of the year accolade.
2015It was a special moment to have Bebe Cool and Bobi Wine on the same stage at the 5th prestigious Hipipo Music Awards that took place at Wonder World on February 7, 2015. The two found themselves on stage after the legendary Joanita Kawalya was announced winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award and on stepping onto the stage, she invited her favorite male artistes: Navio, Bobi Wine, and Bebe Cool, to step on stage for recognition and accept the award.
2014The 3rd prestigious HiPipo Music Awards headliner was Bebe Cool. Besides winning five accolades, including Artiste of the Year, he caused a scene when he was asked to present the accolade of the Best Female Ragga Dancehall artiste. He announced Rema (a former member of his Gagamel Crew) winner of this category with her hit song Fire Tonight. Surprisingly, Bebe Cool refused to hand over the award to Rema. He walked off the podium clapping. Rema walked down and shook his hands, attracting loud cheers from the crowd. Rema was also winner for Best Female Artist.
2013The second edition of the HiPipo Music Awards was held at theatre Labonita on February 9, 2013 and was a full of fun and surprises. The project that ascended at time when the industry struggled for a defining awards ceremony saw musicians and music lovers have an experience of the awards biggest stage. Rema was, by far, the biggest winner of the night, her hit Oli Wange taking four awards. The fifth came from her collabo with Bebe Cool (Missing you). Rema beat stiff competition from big names like Juliana Kanyomozi, Iryn Namubiru, Grace Nakimera and Keko to become the best female artiste. Matthias Walukagga and Navio walked away with three awards each.
2012May 26th, 2012, ONLINE Event held at Spectrum, Theater La Bonita. First HiPipo Music Awards Winners Aka HiPipo Online Charts Festival. Ghetto Gladiator Bobi Wine went in the books of records as the first ever Ugandan music to win the Super HiPipo Charts Festival Artist Medal which is the equivalent of present day HiPipo Music Awards Artist of the Year. By the end of events Bobi Wine had scooped the Super artist medal. In general, the inaugural charts festival aka HiPipo Music Awards was a huge success as it saw over 80,000 votes in the 20 categories.
2011In the year 2011, we set up the first full online voting platform to support awards events and other events in Uganda. The platform was utilized by then existing projects. Between 2011 and 2012 we also embarked on HiPipo Celebrity night during which monthly event we announced the Celebrity of the month based on HiPipo Charts. Our Celebrity nights we graced with several artists at Club Le Beaujolais among which were names such as Viboyo Owenyo, Vampino, Tuff B, Hindu Asha, Kid Fox, Emmy, Guly, Smash & Ceaserous, ID Twins, Candy, Rinah Mutonyi, Pretty Glo, Bagzy, Empress, and Holy Keane. Bobi Wine, Grace Nakimera and several other artists we voted the celebrities of the month.
2009As covered daily on HiPipo.com digital platform , 2009 was generally a good year for Uganda’s music characterized by the rise of new talent with nice vocals, better performances and a general improvement in music videos. From 1st January to 31st December, HiPipo unstoppable eye witnessed whatever transpired in the entire year. All sorts of good music was produced and our readers voted for their best 20. Many artists qualified for the year’s artist of the year position. These include Moze Radio, Jose Chameleone, Haruna Mubiiru, Bobi Wine, Weasle and Bebe Cool. However the winners choice basing on what has transpired in the year was extra large Bebe Cool.
*Burundi President – Pierre Nkurunziza* receives prestigious HiPipo Music Awards winner Natacha La Boss
HiPipo Music Awards
The prestigious HiPipo Music Awards is an annual extravaganza organised by HiPipo (U) LTD, to celebrate, promote and recognize music excellence in across Africa. The prestigious HiPipo Music Awards are the spirit that binds our music, art and culture. The project and event is an initiative of HiPipo following HiPipo founding in 2005/6 as a digital, music/content and events company in Uganda. Stakeholders: includes and is not limited to Artists, Performing Musicians, Audio/Video Producers, Sound Engineers, Artist Managers, Events Promoters and Managers, Entertainment Media, Public Music Consumers and Fans
To be considered eligible, an artist must have had active performance and/or released audio or video music content within 12 months prior to October/November of any year. The 12 months eligible period is for works (Audio or videos) commercially released between October (Previous Year) to November (Current Year).
The nominees come from different stakeholders including musicians, video/audio producers, songwriters, media personalities (digital, radio, TV, and print), and the public/fans. Nominations are collected with paper forms and majority with online submissions using a publicly available online form that any stakeholder can complete online.
Voting and Winning
Through voting, the winners of the prestigious HiPipo Music Awards are decided. Once nominations are complete, the public votes via the official HMA Online platform, text (SMS) and WhatsApp, and social media where applicable. Voting normally happens between December and March of every year.
HiPipo Music Awards Nominations Guidelines
More about *HiPipo Music Awards*
Every edition of HiPipo Music Awards has been improved from the previous one. Having started at theater La Bonita in 2012 the prestigious event is now hosted at Kampala Serena. Below are dates and venues.
1 #HiPipoMusicAwards – May 26th, 2012, ONLINE Event held at Spectrum, Theater La Bonita
2 #HiPipoMusicAwards – February 9, 2013 event held at Theater La Bonita
3 #HiPipoMusicAwards -February 8, 2014 event held at WonderWorld Auditorium
4 #HiPipoMusicAwards– February 7, 2015 event held at WonderWorld Auditorium
5 #HiPipoMusicAwards -January 30, 2016 event held at Serena Kampala Hotel
6 #HiPipoMusicAwards- February 4, 2017 event held at Serena Kampala Hotel
7 #HiPipoMusicAwards- March 17 , 2018 event held at Serena Kampala Hotel
8 #HiPipoMusicAwards- March 16 , 2019 event held at Serena Kampala Hotel
9 #HiPipoMusicAwards- October , 2020 virtual event
10 #HiPipo Music Awards December 10, 2021 event held at Mestil Hotel
About HiPipo (U) Limited.
In February 2005, website development for the current day HiPipo was started. The domain www.HiPipo.com was registered on 29-March-2007. The website www.HiPipo.com was commercially launched on 30-April-2007 as a social entertainment platform with focus on Digital, Music and Events. It is thus correct and accurate to say that HiPipo.com has served Uganda, East Africa and Africa for a decade now i.e. 10 years.
In 2009, HiPipo (U) Limited was incorporated as a Limited Liability Company. Between 2010 and 2013 HiPipo Music Charts were booming and were a reference for the music standings. With the success of the Music Charts, HiPipo executed the first online event, “HiPipo Charts Festival” aka the first *HiPipo Music Awards* on 26-May-2012 celebrating the artist who had the best performance on the yearlong music charts. Following this, still in 2012 HiPipo executed monthly events code named “HiPipo Celebrity Night” where the best artist for the month was recognized during an event held at different night clubs around town. Having successfully implemented HiPipo Charts Festival and HiPipo Celebrity Night, HiPipo took the next step to the bigger project, the now prestigious *HiPipo Music Awards*