Kenyan gospel singer Willy Paul says Groove Awards team made the right decision to exclude his name and that of his gospel counterpart Bahati from the nominees list.
Willy Paul says the decision by Groove team will help integrate the Kenyan gospel industry which – in recent past – has degenerated into a supremacy battlefield.
“Groove Awards team made the right decision to exclude Bahati and I from the list of nominees. On the day nominees were unveiled, I failed to understand why they made such a harsh decision. But on the same night when I got home, I thought deeply and understood where they were coming from,” Willy Paul told eDaily.
“The team is trying to bring musicians together. The gospel industry should operate like that. I haven’t communicated to Groove Awards team because I think the move they made is the right one.”
Nonetheless, the Sitolia hit-maker thought two of his songs would have made it for nominations.
“I had two big songs Vigelegele and Sijafika that I thought would be nominated for awards.”
Meanwhile, Bahati said he did not make online submission to Groove Awards team. He further refuted claims that the omission of his name among nominees of Groove Awards 2016 was as a result of him “leading a non-Christian lifestyle.”
“I did not submit my name to the Groove team for consideration in this year’s Groove Awards – not even in one category. You can confirm with them. I did not go to Groove Camp or Groove Awards Nomination night,” Bahti told eDaily.
“I want to give upcoming artistes a chance to shine. If I had featured, probably I would win again – and what would be left for new crop of gospel artistes?
“So, it was purely my decision – and not what is being said: that I am not leading a Christian lifestyle,” Bahati said.
The nominees for the 11th edition of Groove Awards were unveiled on April 26 at the Kenya National Theatre in Nairobi.
The Gala will take place on June 1 in Nairobi.