After missing out on nominations for this year’s Groove Awards, leading Gospel artistes and previous Groove winners Willy Paul and Bahati were conspicuously missing from the event that took place Wednesday night at Kasarani.
The 11th edition of the premier award show, which saw a number of secular artistes and deejays including Crème, Mejja, Cannibal and Calvo Mistari attend, was also snubbed by Hey Z and gospel dancehall artiste Hope Kid.
The snub by leading artistes caused a stir, with many doubting whether the awards will pull more gospel artistes in the coming years.
“It was a night full of surprises considering Willy Paul and Bahati are the biggest artistes we have around,” said a female gospel artiste who sought anonymity. “One could even tell Daddy Owen was disappointed that L Jay Maasai took home the Male Artiste of the Year category. Daddy Owen thought it would be his.”
With his March release Tenda Wema which features Christina Shusho, turning into one of the biggest gospel hits this year, Ringtone is a man on the spot.
On Wednesday this week, the singer was ambushed by a group of street boys – while shopping for spare parts for his car downtown – who forced him to part with a good sum of money.
“They confronted me calling me ‘Sonko’ and insisting I should walk the talk. They did a verse of Tenda Wema, stretched their hands and said I should simply bless them with some money and leave,” Ringtone told Pulse.
“I ended up shopping for them and buying food for them, something that left me about Sh50,000 less. That was a big lesson for me. My heart was fulfilled,” Ringtone said.
The singer has just completed building his house in Karen and will soon be hosting friends to a house warming party.