With the entertainment industry being on the low for quite some time, Standard Media Group is set to recognise the amazing music videos that have kept all of us glued to our screens over the last 12 months, during the Thursday’s Pulse Music Video Awards.
One of the interesting things about this year’s nominees is that a number of them are up for multiple awards like Matata’s 4 nominations and Nadia Mukami as well as Mejja set to appear in 3 different categories. Since the award's inception six years ago, when Vera Sidika was crowned the Video Vixen of the Year, so many other names have made it to the winner's list at least once.
However, we’ve also had a number of common figures gracing the event and winning numerous awards. These are some of the PMVA record breakers.
Sauti Sol - 4
Since 2015, Sauti Sol has been one consistent winner; in 2015 the boy band walked away with the Best Collaboration of the Year Award for their Nerea hit ft Amos and Josh and also YouTube Video of the Year Award for the hit Sura Yako. Come the following year, the musical giants bagged the Best Group Video for ‘Live and Die in Africa’. In 2018 they walked home with Best Collaboration for Short n Sweet video featuring Nyashinski. This year, they are nominated in three different categories; Best Group Video for ‘Insecure’, Viewers Choice Award for ‘Suzzanna’ and Best Virtual Concert of the Year for ‘Midnight Train- Virtual Experience’.
Sailors Gang - 4
Last year’s edition of PMVA saw Sailors gang pull a surprise as they scooped 4 out of the 11 categories. The group took home the New Wave of the Year with the song Wainame, Best Group of the Year with the song Pekejeng, Viewers Choice of the Year with Wamlambez and Best Collaboration of the Year with song Wakiritho, which features rapper Octopizzo.
King Kaka - 3
Kaka Empire CEO King Kaka was the biggest winner at the 2018 Pulse Music Video Awards (PMVA) after he bagged 2 awards; Male Video of the Year Award and Viewer’s Choice of the Year. This was not his first PMVA award as earlier in 2015 he scooped the Best Cinematography of the Year featuring Amos and Josh in Promised Land.
Nyashinski - 2
Nyashinski proved himself as king of comebacks and in 2016 when he bagged the most coveted award ‘Best Male Artist’ of the Year. The same year, he took home the Most Viewed Nominated Video of the Year for ‘Now you know’.
Willy Paul - 2
The controversial Wilson Radido of Saldido Records broke the headlines when he bagged the most coveted award in 2017 ‘Male Video of the Year’ for his Jigi Jigi video. The same video also got him the Most Viewed Nominated Video of the Night thus walking away with two awards simultaneously.
Moji Short Baba - 2
Moji, formerly of Kelele Takatifu has two accolades under his belt. The 2019 Gospel Video of The Year for Pekee Yangu and 2019 Best Choreography of the Year featuring Jabidii in Vimbada.
Other notable names with more than 1 PMVA award includes Moses Osidiana; 2016 and 2017 Video Director of the Year, the late Papa Dennis also danced away with two statues for the 2015 and 2017 Best Choreography Video of the Year. Le Band who were speculated to be the ‘next Sauti Sol’ have bagged two awards as well; the 2017 New Artists of the Year and the Best Group Video of the Year.