Cafe Ngoma Awards is an initiative that seeks to celebrate musicians, businesses, and personalities within the alternative space. The inaugural edition was held on 16th December 2017, attracting about 20,000 votes within 3 weeks, awarding 20 winners from 80 nominees, and 16 categories, including 4 honorary awards.
The Nominees list for the 22/23 awards was published last week on Tuesday and the 5th Cafe Ngoma Awards went down on Saturday at Elysian Resort in Runda.
The nominees include Nikita Kering. Nviiri, Noel Nderitu, Lisa Oduor Noah, Anonymous Poets, Muthaka, Sichangi, Ethan Muziki, Watendawili, Fadhili Itulya, Wamugunda, DJ Mura, Wanavokali, The Movement MGM, Wanavokali, Angella Okutoyi, Geco Cafe, Lavosti, Mariah Ngoma, just to mention a few.
Below is the list of winners:
– Best R&B – Lisa Oduor- Noah
– Best Hip Hop -Anonymous Poets
– Best Soul – Billy Black
– Best African Fusion – Shari Africa
– Best New Artist – African Muse Band
–Best Alternative Dj – Dj Tai
– Best Jazz – Douglas Mwamba
– Best Instrumentalist – Analo Kanga
– Best New Age Contemporary – Njoki Karu & Newman Owor
– Best Songwriting – Olivia Ambani
– Best Cross Over Act – Hornsphere
– Best Poetry/ Spoken Word – Saumu Kombo
– Best Classical Act – Masala Sefu
– Best Alternative Organization – Wanyururu
– Best Alternative Sports -Adel Balala
– Best Reggae -Mariah Ngoma
– Best Producer – Woud Omollo Beats
– Best Dancer – Agelloh Davillah
Honorary Award Recipient – Leadership Award – Jimmi Gathu
Honorary Award Recipient – Pioneer Award -Suzanne Gachukia- Opembe HSC
Honorary Award Recipient – Best Contribution to Music – Fakii Liwali
Honorary Award Recipient – Humanitarian Award – Clifford Oluoch
Honorary Award Recipient – Legendary Award -Lucas Bikedo (Ogopa Djs)
#CafeNgomaAwards is decided by public votes and is continuing to grow as it engages and listens to musicians, other stakeholders and the public.