Grip Musiq N Pictures Limited bags two awards at prestigious Swahili International Film Festivals

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• Grip Musiq N Pictures Limited managed to scoop the Best Original Score Award for their film Gundu and Best Sound Award for Pendo

• YEIYO.com understands Grip Musiq N Pictures Limited is the only Kenyan film production house that bagged most awards

• Steve Kipande’s win at the SIFFA impressed many Kenyans who thronged different social media pages to laud him and his team for representing Kenya well

Revered Kenyan filmmaker Steve Kipande alias Daddi Q has just put Kenya on the world map after beating countless competitors, including Tanzanian filmmakers to walk away with a number of awards at the just concluded Swahili International Film Festivals And Awards.

YEIYO.com has learnt Steve Kipande and his production company Grip Musiq N Pictures Limited bagged two awards in the six categories they had been nominated for.

News about the impressive win was first publicised by Steve Kipande through a social media post sighted by this publication.

Grip Musiq N Pictures Limited bagged 2 awards at the Swahili International Film Festivals And Awards. Photo: UGC.

Taking to his official Facebook page, Steve Kipande thanked his fans and Kenyans a whole for voting for them in the SIFFA.

The multi-talented filmmaker disclosed to fans that his company Grip Musiq N Pictures Limited managed to scoop the Best Original Score Award for their film Gundu and Best Sound Award for Pendo, a locally produced film that has fast gone viral in Kenya and abroad.

Steve Kipande also used the opportunity to thank Stori Africa, which is a film production outfit that he has been collaborating with for their unwavering support that saw his team bag the prestigious East African awards.

“Thanks to all shared our work,thanks to Grip Musiq N Pictures Ltd team with Stori Africa, to all who voted, to the casts,production team, friends and family we all won the 2 awards to 254 in Swahili International Film Festival & Awards 2023,” Steve Kipande wrote on Facebook.

Grip Musiq N Pictures Limited bagged two SIFFA. Photo: Steve Kipande/Facebook.

The good performance by Grip Musiq N Pictures Limited at the SIFFA impressed many Kenyans who thronged different social media pages to laud Steve Kipande and his team for representing Kenya well.

YEIYO.com has learnt Steve Kipande and Grip Musiq N Pictures Limited were the only Kenyan nominees who did well and gave Tanzanians a run for their money.

Reports from the awards gala held in Mombasa on Saturday, July 8, intimated that most awards were carried by Tanzanian filmmakers who clearly brought their A-game.

Kenyans congratulated Steve Kipande and his team for respresenting Kenya perfectly well at the SIFFA. Photo: Steve Kipande/Facebook.

However, Steve Kipande gave Kenyans every reason to celebrate by fighting tooth and nail to ensure Kenya bags a couple of the awards.

The latest development comes barely a fortnight after YEIYO.com reported that six films from Grip Musiq N Pictures Limited had landed nominations in the 2023 SIFF.

News about the impressive nominations was initially made public by Grip Musiq N Pictures Limited CEO and producer Steve Kipande through a series of social media posts on his pages.

Through Steve Kipande’s announcement, it was gathered that feature films Batuli, Gundu, Penzi Butu and two other short films Pendo and Rafiki Nyoka were some of the Kenyan productions from Grip Musiq N Pictures Limited that were nominated in the Feature Films and Short Films Categories respectively.

Katambe, a feature film by Steve Kipande’s musician son Marsh Mashavu also landed a nomination in the music feature category but did not bag the award due to the tight competition in the category.

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