Why Dennis Itumbi searched for Bahati at Kenya National Theatre on Wednesday

State House Digital Director of Communication Dennis Itumbi searched for gospel singer Bahati among the attendants at the official unveiling of 2016 Groove Awards nominees.

The event was held at the Kenya National Theatre on Tuesday, April 26; and was attended by Dennis Itumbi, nominated MP Johnson Sakaja, Big Ted, Citizen Television’s Kanze Dena, NTV’s Larry Madowo, gospel artistes, among other celebrities.

Itumbi told the eager crowd that he greatly wanted to take a selfie with Bahati because he loves his music – but had not seen the singer on the red carpet or among the attendants.

“Where is Bahati? If you are around, kindly stand; I really want to take a selfie with him. I like his music very much,” Itumbi said while on stage unveiling nominees of one category.

And when the singer did not stand – because he was not present in the hall – Itumbi went on to reveal his discomfort.

Itumbi said he regrets that in his life, he has never bought an original album of songs done by Kenyan artistes – and that his key resolve is to, henceforth, buy original repertoires of Kenyan artistes; regardless the price tag.

He further urged Kenyans to refrain from consuming pirated music and artist’s creations as it kills talent and frustrates efforts of hard-working performers.

No Bahati, no Willy Paul in Groove Awards 2016

The nominees for the 11th edition of Groove Awards were unveiled Tuesday.

The event’s big surprise is the conspicuous absence of the names of gospel bigwigs Bahati and Willy Paul in the list of nominees.

As Bahati failed to show up at the event; Willy Paul on the other hand attended the ceremony, but left in a huff once the full nominees’ list was unveiled.

This came as a shocker to many attendees as they could be heard discussing in hushed tones the noticeable exclusion of Willy Paul and Bahati from the Groove Awards 2016 nominees’ list.

Last year June, Bahati was the biggest winner of the annual feting ceremony when he bagged four awards – instantly making him the ultimate gospel celebrity of 2015.

Bahati’s hit song Barua proved to be a charmer in 2015, bagging the singer three of the four awards he received in total.

Barua won in the Video of the Year, Song of the Year and Most Downloaded Skiza Tune categories. In addition to the three Bahati also took home the Male Artist of the Year award.

His gospel nemesis, Willy Paul, walked home empty-handed in all the categories he was nominated in. Bahati’s spectacular win fuelled the then already-existing antagonism between the gospel pair.

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