The glittering Chaguo La Teeniez awards held at the Carnivore Grounds was simply unforgettable to the winners as the red carpet affair recognised excellence in local showbiz, write CAROLINE NYANGA and SHIRLEY GENGA
The prestigious CHAT awards once again lived up to its billing as a barometer to measure popular youth culture in the showbiz arena.
Hundreds of youth braved the chilly morning weather and thronged the Carnivore lawns as early as 9am. Inside the venue, the set-up was splendid as the production team was on top of the game.
The whole production showcased multimedia — the stage, projection, lighting, sound, branding, hosts, entertainment, technical support, floor managers and special effects courtesy of the Standard Group — was good.
As the booming sound welcomed the audience, the red carpet was just the bomb. It mixed the popular street culture — which was showcased with wide alloy rims on the carpet edges — and dash colour on the marquee VIP tent that boasted of nice settees and TV screens. Unlike last year’s ceremony which was done at Bomas of Kenya amphitheatre, this year’s was fresh and off the hook.
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Even the build up, which took various celebrities to many hoods to drum up support for the award, was sensational. The Standard Group was at hand to hype the event and air it live. But it was guerrilla tactic of a certain broadcaster that also wanted to reap where it had not sowed that caught our eye. Do we still believe in fair play? I guess not to some companies that do not bother to sponsor an event then want to air it live.
As the issue was settled amicably, the show shifted to the VIP entrances as celebrities, in their usual sense, started arriving fashionably late.
Newcomer artiste Qty who was nominated for Best New Artiste arrived in style riding in a grey Chrysler Limo with her name on the number plate. The voluptuous singer was dressed to kill in fitting silver mini dress matched with a pair of silver futurist heels.
Qty stepped on the red carpet as cameras clicked. She posed and waved to her fans before making her way to the VIP area.
As she sat down, popular showbiz kitten, Shaffie Weru, was making his grand entrance in a sleek black Range Rover sports. The radio presenter was not with his Debbie or Joan but with his lovely daughter Milan. He also made his way to the VIP section holding his daughter with one hand and waving to his fans with another.
Popular boy band trio P-Unit soon arrived in a sleek stretch Mercedes Benz. They stepped out wearing their trademark white-framed stunnas and matching black boots. As the crowd went wild over their arrival, the ecstasy shifted to Lady B and Machachari crew of child stars Stella, Amina, Almasi, Govi, Baha and Fatso.
The Str8 Up crew followed in eye-catching camel rides. The team was dressed to kill. The female presenters were donning short revealing dresses while men opted for designer suits.
Ogopa Deejays’ stable musicians also made a grand entry in a convoy of sleek vehicles. The Ogopa crew included buxom Marya and Avril, Roberta Kathimba, Alpha, Emmanuel Banda, Baby One, Trapee and Kenzo rode in Hummer, Lexus and Toyota Land Cruiser.
Soon it was Flame Entertainment artistes in big motorcade including a truck cabin, two stretch limousines, two souped up rides — Evolution 7 and Subaru Imprezza. The musicians in the cars included Pilipili, Bamzigi, French Boy and Tiera Gee looking smart.
Gospel group BMF decided to keep it simple with a Tuk Tuk. The biggest stunt however went to student from Jamhuri High School driven in a black Hummer in a white gold coated coffin. It was too scary.
As many celebs arrived by road, the icing on the cake was from Pulse team. The crew gave the road a wide berth and took to the skies. They flew into the grounds in a helicopter as hundreds of youth cheered from below.
The chopper under the able hands of captain Ian Mimano of Lady Lori cruised the team across the Nairobi National Park before touching down at 3pm.The show-stopping entrance made the event literally come to a standstill as the excited teens and photographers ran towards the helicopter to get a good glimpse.
Led by Pulse Editor CEO, the group became the centre of attraction for sometime before fans managed to switch back to the event.
Others celebrities who arrived in style included Juliani, Kenrazy, Daddy Owen, Eko Dydda, Refigah, K-Denk, Rapdamu, DJ Sadique, Abbas Kubaff, Kalekye Mumo, MaDVD, Omosh, OJ, Tanya and Shish.
Away from the entrances DJ Wesley was on the decks spinning hot music as the youth danced along.
The ceremony was also marked with explosive performances from the top acts including nominees Daddy Owen, Size 8, Avril, Mayra, P-Unit, Juliani, Denyque and QQ.
The show hosted by rap siren Joey Muthengi and multi-talented artiste Anto ‘Neo Soul’ Mwangi who tried hard to "bring it" through the show as the chemistry between the two was lacking.
Even parliamentarians were not left behind as Martha Karua and Mike Sonko came to witness teens make their choice. The best talents from across Kenya were tried and tested through the eyes of the teens.
Fast growing television reality show Machachari scooped most awards — three in total of the four categories they had been nominated for. They won in the categories for Best Teeniez Actor – MaDVD, Teeniez TV Drama and Teeniez Brand New Show of the Year.
P-Unit took home awards for Teeniez Sizzling Music Video for the song Kare and Teeniez Group or Collaboration.
Daddy Owen emerged favourite Teeniez Gospel Artiste and Teeniez Male Artiste of the four categories he was nominated in.
MOG won Teeniez Favourite Gospel Collabo artistes.
Avril took home an award for Teeniez Female Artiste edging out Amani and Size 8. After the controversial 2010 pictures of her, which hit the Internet, it was a great achievement for her to still emerge the winner. In another shocker, rising Genge star Lady B elbowed BMF and QTY to win in the hotly contested Brand New Artiste Category.
Madtraxx’s Get Down emerged Teeniez Hottest Track. Juliani topped Teeniez Favourite Live Performer.
At this point the saying that gospel has taken over became evident as most of the nominees Juliani, Daddy Owen and MOG slotted in hotly contested categories won.
The radio category went to Kiss FM’s Kaleyke and Shaffie Weru for the second year in a row. Just like award Most Hyped Presenters the Teeniez Blazin FM station also went to Kiss FM beating Homeboyz and Ghetto Radio.
Srt8-Up Live aired by KTN won in the category for Teeniez Hottest Music Show again following last year’s debut win.
DJ Kalonje was Teeniez Favourite Deejay cum VJ. Tanya scooped an award for Best Teeniez Actress for the second year running.
At around 4pm, Jamaica’s latest sensation Denyque got on stage in her sexy black and white sequined and lace dress. She serenaded the crowd with her hits from Hooked on me to Summer Love, her biggest hit so far in Kenya.
When the 17-year-old Skip to my Lou singer QQ got on stage, the crowd went electric. Dressed in fitting black top and pants that was reminiscent of Michael Jackson style of dressing, QQ brought the house down by churning out crowd favourites hits like Poverty, Stookie, Roll Out to and Skip to my Lou backed by local dancers Black Blingers and Air Force to school him on some Kenyan dance moves, much to the crowd’s delight.
His performance was engaging and entertaining and sadly was over too soon. The show promptly came to an end at five sharp as was promised.
With such a hyped entrance stunts by celebs,we were keen to keep tabs on their exits. However, there was nothing extraordinary. Most artistes who came by public means decided to sneak out early. The rest left one by one the same way they had come, albeit unnoticed.