Jose Chameleon nominated for UK music awards
By Guardian Correspondent
Uganda musician Jose Chameleon has been nominated for the prestigious MOBO-Music of Black Origin - Awards in the United Kingdom.
The nomination is set to take the hoarse voiced music start a step further in his music career which he has in recent months been practicing in across eastern Africa.
Chameleon is nominated in the Best African Act category, alongside Batman Samini and Tony Tetula (Ghana), Lebo Mathosa (South Africa) and P. Square (Nigeria).
Not only is this the first time in the history of the MOBO Awards is a Ugandan being nominated, being in pack of internationally acclaimed singers like Beyonce Knowles, Alicia Keys, Michael Jackson and Mary J. Blige is good enough for the Ugandan star.
Chameleone (real name Joseph Mayanja ), who owns Leone Island Studios, is known for his stimulating live performances and has been a darling of many Ugandans, winning the Pearl of Africa Music best musician of the year award for two consecutive years, before losing it to Mesarch Ssemakula in 2005.
Recently, Chameleon has been doing more music with Ugandas neighbours Tanzania, Kenya and Rwanda than at home, which is paying him dividends as evidenced by the nod from the UK, through the MOBO Awards.
Chameleon, who hopes to replace the last years Best African Act winner, soul master Youssou NDour, has been performing and producing his music in the USA, UK, Canada, Sweden and Denmark for the last few months and seems to be gaining more and more international recognition.
This year is the 11th annual MOBO Awards and the ceremony will be held on September 20, at London\s Royal Albert Hall. It will as always be broadcast on BBC Television.
Chameleons well wishes can show him support by voting for the star online at www.mobo.com The more votes he receives, the bigger his chances of winning this award, ensuring his place in the MOBO Awards\ Hall of Fame. And of course his win will be a win for Uganda.
According to the MOBO Award organizers, you can also win some amazing prizes by voting online. Beyonce Knowles leads the pack of nominees with 4 nominations, Best Song, Best International Artist, Best Video and Best R&B.
Corinne Bailey Rae, Ne Yo, Mary J. Blige and Kano all tie at 3 nominations each, while Sway, Kanye West, Gnarles Barkley, Busta Rhymes and Chris Brown all received 2 nominations each.
Other contenders are Alicia Keys, Michael Jackson, and Nelly Furtado.