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FULL LIST: Winners of the 5th Edition of the MTN Pulse Hip Hop Awards

The MTN Pulse Hip Hop annual musical awards recognize and celebrate the growth in the Hip Hop music genre in the country.

The UG Hip Hop Awards in collaboration with MTN Uganda awarded winners of the 5th Edition of the MTN Pulse Hip Hop Awards —simultaneously awarded the winner in the cypher competition, a competition that allowed new and undiscovered talent to showcase their abilities in the Hip Hop rap battle.

Charles Ameto emerged as the overall winner of the cypher competition receiving a cash prize of UGX1 million. The first, second and third runner up in the competition received UGX800,000, UGX600,000 and UGX400,000 respectively.

Charles Ameto overall winner of the cypher challenge gives a speech after accepting his award. (PHOTO/MTN)
Charles Ameto overall winner of the cypher challenge gives a speech after accepting his award. (PHOTO/MTN)

As for the MTN Pulse Hip Hop Award winners, they were voted through the MTN Pulse app and the MTN Pulse micro website through which the MTN Pulsers had visibility of the winners in real time. They were later awarded at an ceremonial event held at MTN Warehouse at MTN Jinja road-based headquarters on Sunday 16th, May 2021.

These annual musical awards recognize and celebrate the growth in the Hip Hop music genre in the country.

MTN Uganda Chief Marketing Officer, Mr. Somdev Sen, said MTN’s decision to support the awards is based on the fact that Hip Hop is still the most preferred music genre in Uganda especially among the youth thus the need to support the music genre to grow to its full potential.

“Hip Hop is remains a favorite music genre for most of the youths in this country as it allows them to express themselves and be who they want to be without limits. This is the true spirit of MTN Pulse. We are about creating a community of likeminded people who are young at heart and want to live life without fear or limits to their potential. That is why we are happy to be part of these awards every year,” Somdev explained.

Popular Hip-Hop star, Daniel Lubwama Kigozi popularly known as Navio noted that the Hip Hop industry has continued to record steady progress with Hip Hop artists getting favorable airplay on local radio and television stations.

“Hip Hop artists continue to shine out there. If you listen to the top twenty most requested songs on radio today, about 10 or more of them will be Hip Hop songs. And Uganda is one of the very few countries with Hip-Hop awards, which has supported us to grow,” Navio said.

The winners of the 5th edition MTN Pulse Hip Hop Awards were;

Award CategoryWinner
Male artiste of the yearJudas Rapknowledge da Akbar – David and Goliath fight
Female artiste of the yearM.C Yallah – Dun
East African Artiste of the YearKhaligraph Jones – Tuma Kitu
Northern Uganda Artiste of the yearJudas Rapknowledge Da Akbar – Alok kwona
Western Uganda artiste of the yearCrazie Wispa – Koyi Koyi
Eastern Uganda artiste of the yearSparo Ug – Heads Up
Central Uganda artiste of the yearFelista Di Superstar – I can’t breathe
Rookie of the yearStone Age – KOYI KOYI
Video of the yearNaxa – Dance
Inspirational song of the yearFlex D’ Paper Feat. Shena Skies – Mbikwasagwe
The collaboration of the YearNavio ft. Flex D’Paper and Joh Makini – Abaana Beeka
Lyricist of the yearThe Mith – Ugandan Cypher
Song of the YearAdrenalyn Muzik – Some Ka Money
Hip-Hop media personality of the yearStill Breezy
Album of the yearNavio – Strength in Numbers
Rap Fusion of the YearTalent Africa ft. All stars – Nalubale Project
Producer of the yearKoz N’EFFECT
Mixtape of the year / E.PBlixxack & Tucker – Open Time EP
Sweet SixteenTucker HD – Monster
Hip-Hop Deejay of the yearDeejay crim
Lifetime Achievement AwardPrim ‘N’ Propa
Hip-Hop Caller tune of the yearRecho Rey
MTN Pulse Hip Hop male artist of the year and northern ugandan artiste of the year, Judas Rapknowledge Da Akbar, gives a speech after accepting his award. (PHOTO/MTN)
MTN Pulse Hip Hop male artist of the year and northern ugandan artiste of the year, Judas Rapknowledge Da Akbar, gives a speech after accepting his award from MTN Uganda CMO, Somdev Sen (left). (PHOTO/MTN)

The colorful awards ceremony was attended by a number of lucky Pulser who engaged in lots of fun activities and an array of thrilling entertainment from the finest in the Hip-Hop industry.

According to Somdev, it’s easy for youth to become MTN Pulsers; All they have to do is simply download the Pulse App available on both google play and iOS play stores. The MTN Pulse app is an interactive platform where everything about the Pulse Nation lives including the funkiest content and offers from MTN Uganda.

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