Groove Awards are not battle field among artists, according to Eric Mashukano, the country’s representative. Speaking to the media, Mashukano revealed that this year’s nominees will get a chance to be the first of the country’s ever gospel awards. This comes a few days before the final show takes place at Kigali Serena Hotel, to unveil the official winners of the accolades.
Gaby Kamanzi, a one time winner of the awards, also echoed the same sentiments at the time of her nomination, adding that the awards did not come to engineer a spirit of competition, but rather came as a sign of recognition of efforts put in by the artists.
She said, “I am glad that I got nominated, but this is not a competition. We are here because we have been recognized and that is a good thing. There is no tug of war or a sense of competition. As gospel artists we don’t want that.” The ceremony of handing out the accolades shall take place on 13th October at Kigali Serena Hotel. Over fifteen categories were announced by organizers, and anxiety continues to run high as the clock ticks towards the D-day.