ONGEA! To Host Mdundo Awards 2018 – Here Is The Full List Of Nominees

Online music publisher and distributor of African music, Mdundo, has partnered with ONGEA! 2018 to award the most downloaded Kenyan music of 2017. The award ceremony will take place at the Eastern African music summit in Nairobi, on Saturday 17th February 2018 at the Sarit Centre from 5PM – 7PM.

This will be the fourth Mdundo award ceremony with the 2016 edition having been dominated by King Kaka, Sauti Sol, Victoria Kimani, Willy Paul, Mercy masika and Timmy.

The winners are selected based on the number of downloads on the Kenya-based platform. Shyqo Koinange, Head of Music at Mdundo explains: “The philosophy behind our awards is to acknowledge musicians based on the real consumption of their music, instead of a panel or a voting process, which is often the practice. We are very happy to be hosted by ONGEA! this year”.

This year’s awards will have seven categories and here are the nominees;

Most Downloaded Afropop
H_art the Band
Sauti Sol
Timmy TDat
Victoria Kimani
Sudi Boy

Most Downloaded Hip-Hop
Femi One
Khaligraph Jones
The Kansoul
Jua Cali

Most Downloaded Gospel
Daddy Owen
Everlyne Wanjiru
Gloria Muliro
Mercy Masika
Pastor Anthony Musembi
Size 8
Willy Paul
Kymo & Stigah

Most Downloaded Male Single
Nyashinski – Malaika
Timmy TDat -Trikide
Khaligraph Jones – Mazishi
Naiboi – Problem
Timeless Noel – Odi Dance
Jimmy Gait – Kuna Day
Willy Paul – Fanya
Jay A – Balaa
King Kaka – Swahili Shakespeare

Most Downloaded Female Single
Everyline Wanjiru – Mungu Mkuu
Gloria Muliro – Ndio Yako
Femi One – Tippy Toe
Alice Kmamnde – Wewe Pekee
Mercy Masika – Nikupendeze
Kambua – Anatimiza
Dela – Mafeelings
Avril – Made To Love
Fena Gitu – Doing Her Thing Tho
Atemi – Bebi Bebi

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Most Downloaded Group Single
Sauti Sol – Isabella
Adawnage Band – Naomba
H_art the Band
Kymo& Stigah – Gathigiri
Le Band – Number 1
HighPitch Band – Despacito Remix
Amos and Josh – Lovers Rock
The Kansoul – Bablas
Orchestre Les Wanyika – Sina Makosa
P-Unit – You Guy

Most Downloaded Single 2017
Collo – Bazokizo
I Do – Willy Paul
Khaligraph Jones – Micasa Sucasa
The Kansoul – Bablas
Mercy Masika – Nikupendeze
Femi One- Tippy Toe
Nyashinski – Malaika
Timmy TDat – Trikide
Gloria Muliro – Narudisha
Everlyne Wanjiru – Mungu Mkuu

“We’re very excited to announce the 35 nominees of this year’s Mdundo Awards. This year we have more than 40,000 African musicians on our service, all of which are contributing to a growing African music industry.

The Mdundo Awards is a great place for us to honour those artists that managed to top our charts the past 12 months. We hope to see many musicians and music fans at the event,” Mdundo’s CEO, Martin Nielsen remarks.

ONGEA! runs starting at 12pm – 10pm daily, from Thursday 15th to Sunday 18th February and entry is free at Sarit Centre.

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