Nominees for this year’s annual VIGA Awards were announced on March. 3 by the Academy Team at National Theater gardens – Kampala.
Fast growing music band, The Collective UG was listed in three categories;
-Best live band/group category
-Techno/House/Rock/Funky Song/Artist of the year category for their song ‘In and out’
-Jazz/ Soul/Country Song/Artist of the year category for their song ‘Amen’
In a short while, the impact of the youth-led Christian Music band has been felt across the country, most especially for their hit single ‘Amen.’
Aside holding conferences in the capital, the group often travels to several schools across the country to enable young people encounter God and explore the full potential of who they are and who they could be.
“Essentially, this is what The Collective UG is about. Investing everything we have to the mission of reaching out to today’s teenagers and young adults, encouraging them to connect with God, and to live life with a sense of mission and purpose.” the band team leader and founder Mr Nelson Muhire recently stated.
With knowledge that about 70% of Uganda’s population is composed of the youth, Mr Nelson believes, “If we can make the intentional effort to reach out to the young people, teaching them to think critically about who they are, and to live life with a sense of mission and purpose, then in a very short time, as the younger people become the older people, everything will change.”
The music group was in 2016 able to reach out to over 15 schools, speaking to over 10,000 students, and leading 600 to the important decision of accepting Christ as their personal Lord and Savior.
Pacesetters’ Initiative for Africa director, Mr Dusabe Peter recently commended The Collective UG saying their song “Amen” is such a profound production and that the group has a heart for their nation.
“This is evidenced in the lyrics that reach out to the throne of God for mercy and justice, that our nation rises up for the glory of His name. This is what we mean by ‘For God and My Country’. I recommend that it’s a must listen for every individual living in this country and beyond. And for youth to put up such a beautiful production, it’s amazing and I believe a lot can be achieved if we join hands together irrespective of where we come from if our intention is to honor God regardless of who gets the credit,” Mr Dusabe said.