By Abraham Kizza
Kadongokamu artiste Lord Fred Ssebatta on Saturday walked away with Shs50m and became the Operation Wealth Creation (OWC) music ambassador.
This came after beating competition from 24 other Kadongokamu artistes who were nominated for the finals.
The competition which happened at Kalolo Independence Grounds was organized by OWC in conjunction with the Uganda Music Promoters and Venue Owners Association. It was dubbed the OWC Kadongokamu Music Competition Grand Finale.
The artistes who composed songs with messages encouraging Ugandans to work hard, join farming and use Operation Wealth Creation program to elevate their household incomes, included; Mathias Walukagga, Fred Ssebata, Willy Mukaabya, Fred Ssebbaale, Vincent Segawa and Dan Mugula.
Others were Silvester Busuulwa, Amili Ssengendo, Matiya Luyima, Birungi Scovia, Selest Kasule, Gold ki Matono among others.
The competitions ended with Vincent Segawa emerging the second and scooping Shs25m while Silvester Busuulwa became the third and got Shs15m followed by Mathias Walukagga in the fourth position walking away with Shs10m.
A team of judges which was comprised of lecturers from Department of Performing Arts, College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Makerere University like Lillian Mbabazi, Judith Lubega Tusiime, Dr. Lillian Nabulime and others from the music industry such as Dr. Andrew Benon Kibuuka, Tony Ssempijja, Joy Tabula, gospel musician Dr. Tee (Travis Kazibwe) and others generated the list of winners.
The chief guest was the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga who gave out cheques to the winners. Ms Kadaga congratulated all winners and commended the work of OWC for organizing the music contest.
Ssebatta in his speech after emerging the winner thanked the organizing committee, judges, and all participants in the competition for giving him a favorable competing ground.
“I thank the government, my fellow artistes and everyone who has worked with me towards my success including my son, David Lutalo who has rendered me a lot of support for this song (Zibula atudde) to emerge the best,” he said.
The judges said the yardstick for the best Kadongoamu artist was based on various musical aspects including the message, dress code, discipline, and stage management during the performing.