Matata lead with an impressive four PMVA nominations. Photo: Courtesy.

History repeats itself yet again in the Pulse Music Video Awards 2020, as last year’s big wines rapper Khaligraph Jones and singing diva Nadia Mukami make a return in a hotly contested nominees list. Making a debut on the list are dance-turned-singing crew Matata who lead with an impressive four nominations. Mejja, Naiboi, Avril, Arrow Bwoy and Willy Paul are also favourites, each receiving more than one nomination. The nominees’ list which was unveiled on December 1 ahead of the awards ceremony set for mid-December features new categories among them children favourite Generation Next and virtual entertainment segments.

PMVA Judge Stevens Muendo, Standard Group Head of Marketing Roselyne Abuto and CEO Pace Africa during the PMVA nominees launch. (David Gichuru/Standard)

It is battle royal in the big four; Male Video of the Year, Female Video of the Year, Hip-Hop Video of the Year and Best Group of the Year where newcomers are looking to change the status quo in the local music scene.

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Female Video of the Year

Wangu- Nadia Mukami

Utawezana- Femi One

Siri- Fena

Safer- Crystal Asige

Sawa- Tanasha Donna

Male Video of the Year

Tuma Kitu- Khaligraph Jones

Chu Chu- Arrow Bwoy

Ndagukunda- Otile Brown

Tik Tok-  Willy Paul

Best in Hip Hop

Khaligraph Jones



King Kaka

Breeder LW

Group Video of the Year




Sauti Sol

Hart_the Band

Gospel video

Size 8

Guardian Angel


Mr Seed

Moji Short Baba


Best Collaboration of the Year

Nadia Mukami at the 2019 PMVA.

Wangu- Nadi Mukami ft Sanaipei Tande

Utawezana- Femi One ft Mejja

Rada- Naiboi ft Avril

Kamati Ya Roho Chafu- Willy Paul ft Bien

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Breakthrough Video of the Year


Chris Kaiga


Noti Flow

Stevo Simple Boy

New Artiste Video





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Other categories include Video Vixen of the Year, Video Director of the Year, Viewer’s Choice

of the Year, Best Choreography, Best Deejay on Live Set, Best Music Video Dance Challenge,

Best Virtual Band and Best Virtual Concert. Now in the sixth year, The PMVA is the leading music video awards ceremony in the region that seeks to celebrate the exceptional works music creators put into their art. It also unifies and inspires the industry by looking back at landmark achievements made in the sector over the years.