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‘Wakayima’ voted music video of the year, animators awarded

Gospel musician and producer, Emmanuel Kusaasira Edwin popularly known as Coopy Bly with, Bishop Franklin Mondo Mugisha, the lead pastor at Empowerment Christian Prayer Center International at the VIGA Awards on Saturday. Courtesy photo.

Lab Rat Animation (Spire Creative), the team behind Coopy Bly’s latest video, ‘Wakayima’ scooped an award during the VIGA Music awards at the Imperial Royale Hotel on Saturday 19th May, 2018.

The team received the ‘Videographer of the year’ award for their outstanding and creative video production which received overwhelming reactions soon as the video was released November 2017.

The same video scooped the ‘Video of the year’ award, which was also well received by Coopy Bly.

In the fully animated video, the first of its kind in Uganda, the musician who doubles as a music producer used a popular folk tale to explain among others Proverbs 3:5, which teaches Christians not to depend on their own strength, but confront all giants with wisdom from God.

“I want this video to speak to every one – from kids to adults –  in a way that the song will be easy to understand even to people who don’t understand Luganda,” Coopy Bly said earlier in an interview with this website.

“The song is based on a child folk story, where Wakayima (Mr. Hare) using his wisdom, survived being eaten by Wampologoma (a big bully lion). Wampologoma passed a law in the jungle that a schedule had to be drawn where each of the animals was to come to his den to be eaten! At the end, the story is likened to the story of David and Goliath,” he added.

Coopy Bly said the that project wasn’t an easy one, thus commends the production team.

“They took about four (4) months of full time handwork trying to make sure they pull off the concept and story line. I appreciate their patience, humility and flexibility because they took time and re-did everything I requested them to… And in the end a beautiful piece was delivered,” he said.

Watch the Video Here

By Paul W Dennis.

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