MTN has awarded artists whose music was most downloaded as caller ring-back tunes for the year 2021.
• The grand awards follow a six-month period in which MTN awarded artists with the most ring-back tunes downloads on a monthly basis, including lucky customers who were using the service.
• Caller ring back tunes commonly known as CallerTunez are the songs that callers listen to while waiting for a response from the person they are calling.
Wednesday 30th March 2022- Kampala, Uganda: MTN Uganda has today awarded the artistes with the most downloaded CallerTunez in 2021 across different music genres in an event held at the Kampala Serena Hotel.
The 2021 MTN CallerTunez awards are a culmination of the six-month-long award journey during which different artists with the most downloaded ring-back tune and lucky customers who downloaded and used the tunes on their phones were rewarded with cash prizes on a monthly basis since July last year.
The artist with the most downloaded CallerTunez in a month from July to December 2021 was rewarded with UGX2million while the artiste in the Rising star category would take home UGX1million. Pallaso, Spice Diana, Liam voice, Martha Mukisa, and Pia Pounds among others are some of the artists that were rewarded during the awards.
The 2021 MTN CallerTunez categories include Kadongo Kamu (Band), Afro Beat (Pop), Hip Hop (Lugaflow), R&B, religious and dance hall (raga & reggae).
The 2021 MTN CallerTunez winners for each category include; Chosen Becky’s Nesiimye, for the Kadongo Kamu (Band) Category, and Pallaso’s Mallamu for the Afrobeat/Afropop category, Fik Fameika’s Lock won in the Hip-Hop/Lugaflow category.
Liam Voice’s Omwooyo took the mantle for the RnB category while Martha Mukisa and Kenzo’s Sango held the top position under Ragga/Dancehall. Under the religious category, Miracle Music Ministry’s ‘You have been faithful to me was the most downloaded gospel caller tune for the year 2021. Each of the winners walked away with 2.5Million shillings.
To ensure that customers also take part in the 2021 MTN CallerTunez awards grand finale, MTN introduced the People’s Choice Award which comprises three categories namely, the best male artist, the best female artist, and the rising star to allow customers to vote for their favorite artists of 2021.
Liam voice scooped a second award having emerged as the Best rising star as chosen by the 8,858 people who voted for him. Spice Diana was voted as the best female artiste under the people’s choice awards having garnered 33,461 votes. Pallaso also bagged a second award after beating other male artistes to get named the best male artiste by the 25,672 people who voted for him. They each walked away with 3Million shillings in addition to the awards.
Customers voted for their favorite artists by simply dialing 17070# and via the MTN website www.mtn.co.ug/CRBTAwards
Lorna Otieno MTN Uganda’s Senior Manager for Consumer Segments said the MTN CRBT awards seek to recognize the effort and work created by the local entertainment industry throughout 2021.
“We are glad to have successfully achieved our goal of honoring the talented artistes and content creators who have continuously spiced our lives with great music and messages that we enjoy as our caller ring back tunes. This is our way of saying Thank you. We hope to cultivate more digitization, appreciation, and consumption of our local content through recognizing and rewarding the artists’ efforts,” Otieno said.
The CallerTunez service is an offering of MTN where customers download their favorite songs or audio skits as ring back tunes that callers listen to while waiting for the customer to answer the phone. Customers can get a CallerTune by simply dialing *170# and follow the prompts or SMS the word ‘TUNE’, followed by a space then the CallerTune code e.g., ‘TUNE 5151415’ to 170. Each callertune is charged at UGX 700 and is valid for a period of 30 days.