Cafe Ngoma Awards 2018 Full List of Winners


Some will say it’s Kenya’s best kept secret. Appreciating and naturing alternative music has opened up a whole new world of alternative art in Kenya.

Cafe Ngoma has been the royalty running this paticular Kingdom. So as art would have it, the Cafe Ngoma Awards went down this weeekend at Rosslyn Riviera in Nairobi, Kenya hosted by Monique and Richard Bett.

Promises of performances from Kenya’s most soulful artists like L’Afrique, Meryl Paige, Acouslyk, and Esba, got the venue thronging with all glammed and glitzzed guests. 

It was a night of pure bliss as more enthraling musicians were discovered and those who’ve been there for a while gave a sweet dosage of their best pieces. 

Polls were closed earlier on Thursday and the verdict was in. Here is the full list of Cafe Ngoma Awards Winners:

Best R&B Act – Phy 

Best Hiphop Act – Steph Kapela

Best Jazz Act of The Year – Shamsi Music

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Best New Artist – Nikita Kering

African Fusion Artist of the Year – Kaskazini

Best Alternative Organization of The Year – The Alchemist

Alternative DJ of the Year – Taio Tripper

New Age Contemporary Artist of The Year – Tetu Shani

Best Instrumrntalist of The Year – Christian Kibamba

Producer of the Year – Polycarp Otieno aka Fancy Fingers

Classic Act of The Year – Ghetto Classics

Dance Artist of The Year – GQ Dancers

Poetry/Spoken Word Influence of The Year – Too Early For Birds

Soulful Artist of The Year – Chemutai Sage

Best Alternative Sport – Vivienne Amijee

Honorary Leadership Award – John Allan Namu

Honorary Humanitarian Award – Francis Otieno Amonde (Cup of Uji)

Honorary Best Contribution in Music Award – Chris Adwar

Honorary Pioneer Award – Ted Josiah

Honorary Legendary Award – Ayub Ogada