Mercy Masika and Eko Dydda emerged as the biggest winners of this year’s Groove Awards, which honours gospel musicians in East Africa.
The award for Song of the Year went to the hit song, “Thitima”, by Kymo and Stiga, whose refrain, “cheza ni kama umepigwa radi, thitima!” has endeared it to listeners of all ages.
This was the second year in a row that Mercy has upstaged the competition to clinch the top prize.
She and the other winners were recognised at a colourful Madaraka Day event during which President Uhuru Kenyatta was guest of honour.
The 12th annual awards ceremony attracted over 156 nominees from 26 categories and featured both established and upcoming artists. Some of the newcomers, such as Collins Majale — popularly known as “Collo” — got the nod when he won the “Collabo (collaboration) of the Year” category alongside fellow musician Bruz Newton for their song Bazokizo.
Music lovers turned out in their hundreds, dressed to the nines in their carefully appointed gowns and tail suits ready for a glamourous night.
The honours for DJ of the Year title went to DJ Ruff. Mercy Masika, on top of being declared the female artiste of the year, also walked away with the “Skiza Ringback Tone of the Year” for her song Shule Yako.