Kenya’s musical prodigal son Nyashinski has revved up his profile, securing a ‘Best African Act’ nomination at this year’s MTV EMA (European Music Awards) scheduled to be held at the Wembley Arena in London, the United Kingdom in mid-November later this year.
The ‘Best African Act’ category at the MTV EMAs is literally a tough act to follow, highly competitive and featuring the likes of C4 Pedro from Angola, with who our very own Sauti Sol recently collaborated with, Nigerian heavyweights Davido and Wizkid (predictably favourites to clinch the honours) and South Africa’s Nasty C and Babes Wodumo, the only female nominee.
Sauti Sol are Kenya’s sole (no pun intended) winners of the award, clinching the title in 2014. Other previous Kenyan nominees are Camp Mulla (2012), Jua Cali (2007), Nameless (2006) and Kleptomaniax (2005), which would make it accurately safe to say that Nyashinski has been nominated in the category twice.
What is rather interesting to note is that despite continental appeal this year, Tanzanian artists have been given a wide berth: one would expect to see either Diamond, Ali Kiba, or Navy Kenzo on the list. To be objective, Diamond and Kiba both took the award in 2015 and 2016, making it 2 years in a row that Kenya’s southern neighbour upstaged her.
In those same two years, it’s been a remarkable period of resurgence and musical growth for Nyashinski, grabbing ears with his phenomenal hits ‘Mungu Pekee’, ‘Aminia’ and ‘Now You Know’: convincing footprints that also saw him feature prominently on last season’s Coke Studio Africa.
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