Pulse Music Video Awards 2017: Battle for the greatest, who will it be?

Akothee joins Navy Kenzo on stage during last year's PMVA


  • Voting lines are open for the Pulse Music Video Awards
  • This is the shortest time since the inception of the PMVA’s


The closing date for voting is December 6, a few hours to the gala night at the Carnivore Simba Salon, which promises to be a memorable night for the nominees, Pulsers and other stakeholders in the music industry.

The nominees for this year’s PMVAs were unveiled at a colorful event at the uptown entertainment joint Kiza Lounge on Thursday night. Everybody came out in a style.

It was glitz and glamour at the lounge; from tuxedos to jumpsuits with the guests looking elegant and ready for the night.

The MC for the night Solomon Koko welcomed the guests as they came in before handing over to KTN News screen siren Betty Kyalo and bubbly Str8up show host Cheroo, who entertained the guest all through as they unveiled the nominees.

Pulse Editor Stevens Muendo and Smitta Smitten were present to reveal those who, after the rigorous vetting by judges, had made the cut.

Muendo thanked the judges for their input in the selection of the nominees, noting that it was not an easy task.

Papa Dennis, a PMVA winner, Pacho CEO Naiboi and Bruz Newton are some of the nominees in different categories. With partnership from Jameson, drinks for the night flowed freely with DJs Teebone and Snow keeping everybody on their feet with good music. 

“I submitted my video for the awards and I am happy that it went through. I am looking forward to taking the award home.The awards appreciate our work and artistes should embrace them awards because they are meant for us,” one of the nominees, Papa Dennis told Pulse.

Naiboi was elated to be one of the nominees. He sees the nomination as a blessing for his hard work and called upon his fans to vote for him.

Famous for the Bazokizo and Zigwembe, Bruz Newton, a singer and dancer was delighted to be among the nominees for this year’s PMVAs. This has been his breakthrough year with the two songs proving to be quite a success and enabling him to make an easy shift from dance to music.

Though not present, Timeless Noel, who is riding high with the Odi dance was grateful for his nomination in the Breakthrough Video of the Year category for the song Odi, in which he features Jabidii and Hype Ochi. The MC, hypeman and dancer-turned-singer asked for his fans to vote for him too.

“Whoever is in the categories we have been nominated in have lost already,” was the message that team Calvo Mistari had for other contenders. We can only hope that at the end of it all they go through to avoid having to eat humble pie.

The battle of the vixen of the year is one difficult category to choose from, since all the contenders are good-looking and have passed the test to be on TV. Charity Moraa, Evalina Wanjru, Cindypierra Mukami and Cynthia Mueni are battling for this crown.

Size 8 performs at the 2016 PMVA

Willy Paul has always shaken the gospel circles every time he releases a song. Some of his releases are known to invite controversy. His category isn’t about the controversy but rather about the influence each artist has to rally their fans to vote. King Kaka, the Kaka Empire CEO, has had his footprints in the music industry through his company and his good music which is why he earned a nomination. Naiboi the Pacho CEO is also up for this most coveted award and so is ‘Mluhya wa Busia’, Kristoff who has been on the rise mode since he did We be Happening. They will all battle it out in the Male Video of the Year category.

Dela, Sanaa, Mercy Masika and Kush Tracey have all left a mark in the music industry. Their success in the industry stands out from one another and the competition in the Female Video of the Year category will not be about their success but rather about the fans behind them.

The new entrants in the game may not have a better welcome to the music industry than winning the New Artiste of the Year category. Tunji, Kinpsang ft Goulam, Alpha Mwana and Le Band are the new cats who made it to this category.

The coming together of Fena, MDQ, Mayonde, Kagwe and Blinky Bill for the song Party Nation could also see the group walk away with the Best Collaboration of the year award which also features a masterpiece from Bobby Mapesa ft Calvo Mistrari and H_Art the band, Murderer to EMB’s duo of Bahati and Mr Seed Kumbe Kumbe and Avril ft A Pass for Babiee.

Good choreography in a music video makes it attractive to watch. After giving us the Bazokizo dance, Bruz Newton tops the list in the Best choreography category with Zigwembe. The category also features

Papa Dennis’ Mayaya. Kaymo & Stigah’s Gathigiriri style as is Femi One’s Tippy-Toe, which features Kristoff.

Odi dance is the new craze in town, with Kenyans on Twitter coming up with various memes. The dance is way too attractive for a dance enthusiast not to join in, could it be a breakthrough video of the year for Timeless Noel, Jabidii and Hype Ochi? They are up against Femi One’s Tippy-Toe remix, Fena Gitu’s Doing Her thing Tho and Band Beca’s Brathe.

Band Beca’s Brathe is a catchy song; as to whether they will win in this Best Group of the Year category remains to be seen. The formidable duo of Kaymo & Stigah hit the studio days to the August 8 election to remind Kenyans to maintain peace during the electioneering period with Amani ni Tamu. Le Band finally hit the 500k mark not long ago with Number One, which stands out as the most successful song for the band. Bobby and Calvo have dominated the nominee list and here they get featured again with Nawapenda Wote.

The music videos that we see on TV are an art of creativity from the video directors who most don’t know. The Video director of the year category brings to the fore the battle of creativity of the creators. Odiz brought together familiar faces in the entertainment industry for Urembo by Calvo Mistari ft Amos n Josh. Mushking takes us to the streets and our estates in Gilad and Superband’s Nairobi Yangu. Moses Osidiana reminds us of the Make it Rain video with his piece of skill on Khaligraph’s Nataka Iyo Doh. Johnson Kyalo takes us to wild with King Kaka and Pascal Tokodi’s Forget.

Who rules YouTube in regard to views? The Most viewed Video of the year category is an all gospel affair battle which pits Willy Paul’s Jigi Jigi, Bruz Newton’s Zigwembe, Mercy Masika’s Shule Yako and Papa Dennis’ Mayaya.