Eddy Kenzo and Jose Chameleone, prominent figures in Uganda’s music industry, have achieved recognition with consideration nods in the upcoming 66th Grammy Awards. Their nominations underscore the growing influence of African artists in the global music landscape.
Jose Chameleone, known as the boss of Leone Island, earned a double-consideration nomination for his song “Ready,” where he collaborated with the legendary Jamaican recording and performing group, Morgan Heritage. The track has been selected in two significant categories, namely, Best Global Music Performance and Best Music Video. This recognition suggests a promising chance of making it to the final nominations.
Eddy Kenzo, the head of Big Talent Entertainment, secured a remarkable quadruple-consideration nomination. His nominations span multiple categories, including:
- Best Global Music Album for “Blessing.”
- Best Global Music Performance for “Ukulele Esanyu” featuring Daniel Ho.
- Best African Music Performance for “Positivity” featuring Masaka Kids Africana.
- Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Spread Hope Send Love Around The World” featuring various artists.
Kenzo expressed his gratitude for the nominations, acknowledging his journey from challenging times, where he faced hopelessness and even slept on the streets of Kampala. He shared his reflections, stating, “I can’t stop thanking God for the blessings. I look back at the times when I had no hope when I was a nobody on the streets of Masaka and Kampala.” His nominations for the Grammys are a testament to his remarkable progress and the power of perseverance.
Kenzo’s message also highlighted the significance of love and unity, noting that “spreading love” is a shared purpose that can inspire and uplift others. He extended his appreciation to his supporters, acknowledging that these nominations are a testament to the collective effort of all who have been part of his musical journey.
The consideration nods for Eddy Kenzo and Jose Chameleone serve as a testament to the rising global recognition of African artists and their ability to break barriers in the international music scene. While the final nominations are yet to be announced, their achievements underscore the remarkable talent and cultural richness that African musicians bring to the global stage.