The pandemic may have crippled entertainment activities last year, but it has showcased the talents of Bongo superstars and aspiring artists.
Artists like Diamond Platnumz, Nandy, Zuchu, Harmonize rose to prominence in 2020 as most people turned to entertainment to fight boredom during the lockdown period.
The trend continues as 12 Tanzanian talents have been nominated for the 2021 All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) to be held in November this year in Nigeria. Clearly, the event will give more room to Bongo talent, who looks set to take over from African superstars.
The list of nominees for the awards was unveiled on Wednesday, September 22, 2021, with many artists from Tanzania entering 13 categories, with Diamond, Rosa Ree and Rayvanny appearing in more than one category.
While Wizkid is the most nominated Nigerian artist, with six nods, Diamond Platnumz faces Nigerian Afrobeat giants Burna Boy, Davido and Wizkid.
He is nominated for the title of Artist of the Year, Best Male Artist from East Africa, Artist of the Year, Best Artist, Duo or Group in the African Pop category and Best African Collaboration. for his hit song ‘Waah’ with the legendary singer of Soukous, Le Congolais Koffi Olomidé.
The song, released nine months ago, has now been viewed over 85 million times on Youtube.
Chibu Dangote is also mentioned in Best Song of the Year, Best Video of the Year, Playable Song Categories.
Besides Diamond, who has featured in numerous awards, it is Rosa Ree, who has competed in four categories.
Lyrical Beast Rosa Ree and her song run for Best Hiphop Artist, Raggae Music Artist Dancehall (That Girl) and Best Female Artist in East Africa.
Another Tanzanian talent is Zuchu, who is aiming for three feature films including Song of the Year through the song “Number One”, which she shared with Rayvanny, the best female artist in East Africa, where she competes with Nandy, Spice Diana and Rosa Ree. .
Alikiba, on the other hand, entered the contending awards for African fan favorite through his song ‘Jelous’ and Best East African Male Artist through Darassa’s hit song’ Proud of You. ‘
Alikiba and Darassa are in the same category with Diamond Platnumz, Harmonize and Rayvanny for the Beat Male Artist in East Africa
Dj Sinyorita is also up for the awards in the Best DJ category, with music producer Laizer nominated for Best Music Producer of the Year while Director Kenny is nominated for Best Video Director of the Year. year for the song Waah !.
All African Music Awards are held annually and were created by the AFRIMA International Committee, in partnership with the African Community, with the aim of preserving and celebrating works of music, talent and creativity across Africa throughout by promoting African cultural heritage.
It will be interesting to see how these artists fare at the awards. It could signal their journey to stardom and mark the start of a new musical era.