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Nigerian superstar singer, Wizkid has been named the winner of the category Best African Act at the 2021 MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs).

Wizkid won the award during a ceremony held on Sunday, November 14, 2021, at the László Papp Budapest Sports Arena in Budapest, Hungary. He was nominated for the category alongside South Africa's Focalistic, Diamond Platnumz of Tanzanian, Amaarae and Tems.

Wizkid has had an impressive year, making waves internationally with his 2020-released album 'Made In Lagos' that houses a now global hit single 'Essence' featuring Tems.

The MTV EMAs win is just one of the many awards that Wizkid is expected to win this year, with him already being tipped to get a Grammy Awards nomination for World Best Album among other categories.

The singer is currently abroad on his 'Made In Lagos' tour that has already taken him to the United States of America with the UK and later in 2022 expected to round it up with Canada.

Wizkid has already announced that he will drop a new album at the end of the tour. The album is titled 'More Love, Less Ego'.


Ugandan artist Jackie Chandiru has accused record labels that handle music talent search winners of abandoning them immediately the competitions are done.

Jackie Chandiru started her professional music career in 2002 after winning the Coca-Cola Pop Star Competition alongside Lilian Mbabazi and Cindy Sanyu. The three later formed a girl group dubbed Blu*3 which was managed by Steve Jean.

In an interview with NBS After5, Jackie Chandiru, gave props to the veteran producer Steve Jean for grooming and encouraging them to work hard, something that shaped them into the great musicians they are right now.

Comparing her experience to that of that of today, she feels some youngsters who win talent searches never get the same mentorship she and her partners got back in 2022.

"We were lucky because Steve Jean handled us with a lot of passion and told us right from the start that we had to be the next Destiny's Child. Sometimes I believe there are managers who take up these competition winners and do it for the sake of the contact then disappear. It needs someone with the passion to push you," Jackie said.

"These people who are given these winners do it for that short period of time and after getting paid they just go away,” she said.

She, however, says winning the competition came with a huge package including going to South Africa for a three months training, shopping, contract and money to kick start their professional music journey.



Maandy Kabaya has released a new album dubbed ‘Frisky. ‘Frisky’ comes after the rapper’s hit album Kabaya released in 2019. 

Maandy’s bad girl attitude shines through every track as she delivers punch lines and cleverly constructed lyrics that show her mastery of riding beats cooked up by a variety of celebrated producers including new age hit-maker Jegede, and the classic heavy hitters, Ogopa DJs.

Through carefully created and curated lyrics, Maandy expertly weaves traditional hip hop themes of partying and the pursuit of a good time with undertones of women empowerment. Singer-songwriter, Fena Gitu joins Kabaya for the sixth track, Bad Gal Anthem, a rallying call for women to take back the power in whatever conversations they may be in.

“This album was really challenging to make because I had to reach into corners that I didn’t know I could get to so that I could tell my truth. Although it’s inspired by the world around me and everything that I see every day, it also feels like I was baring a little more of myself to the world,” Maandy said about ‘Frisky’.

“But it was also a very fun album to make that has quite a few tracks that start and keep the party going,” she adds referring to songs such as Sirudi Home Refix which features previous collaborator, Breeder LW, and Krispah Ndovu Kuu.

The song, which tells the story of a girl who chooses to see the silver lining in the cloud of losing her house key, and lets the party go on, has already garnered more than 1.2 million views on YouTube.

Shash Na Lipgloss has been making waves in the club scene, teasing the meagre contents of the purse of the typical Kenyan party girl who is always up for a good time because in Maandy’s words, “Form imeweza, link up!”

For Maandy, ‘Frisky’ marks a whole new level of growth and evolution from her earliest days writing for herself and by herself. It exposes a deeper appreciation of the Kenyan music scene and a subversion of the narratives that are often used as insults to create work that speaks in a genuinely Kenyan and feminine voice.

About Maandy

Hailing from Dagoretti South in Nairobi, and standing twice as tall through her confidence and internal fortitude is Maandy aka ‘Kabaya’. Her sharp lyricism and bad girl attitude has set Maandy apart and her first album Kabaya was one of the most streamed in the country.

Maandy is definitely one of the outliers in the Kenyan music scene and has been named one of the top 10 female rappers.

Maandy has made a name for herself through working with notable producers such as Mavo, Pari, Dj Mura and Wes. Her collaborations with industry heavy weights such as Breeder LW, Fena Gitu and X-Ray from Boondocks Gang are electric and solidified her position as a rising star.



Mavin Records golden boy Rema has ignited hope amongst ravers that his highly anticipated debut album will be dropping soon.

Rema had already shared the title of his album months ago but since then remained silent over the project. The album titled 'Rave& Roses' was expected to be made available before the of the year. And after several months of keeping off the subject, Rema has dropped a hint that it is finally on its way.

In a tweet, alongside a short video of him in several studio sessions, the singer and songwriter said "Rave&roses, clock ticking" a statement that might simply be translated that the album will be coming sooner than later. 

Rema has already had an impressive 2021, dropping two major hits 'Soundgasm' and 'Bounce' as well as a number of features.

He recently received two nominations at the MOBO Awards for the Best International Act and Best Africa Act - one of the only two Nigerian artists alongside Wizkid to be nominated in two categories.

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