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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.



South African artist Focalistic is 2021’s musician of the year courtesy of the third annual GQ Men of the Year Awards. The awards were held at the Four Seasons Hotel, The Westcliff in Johannesburg, in collaboration with Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilège on Saturday evening.

The famous awards ceremony affectionately known as "MOTY," honors pioneers in the country who define South Africa’s cultural environment and continue to push the frontiers.

GQ South Africa and Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilège honored the best talent from South Africa, including artists, humanitarians, innovators, designers, comedians, and entrepreneurs.

 "I can fairly say that 2021 Men of the Year demonstrates how diverse we are as a brand and who we showcase and celebrate, as well as how different the people who define our culture are, in the 22 years we've been around as GQ.

“Everyone we honored today is an example of excellence and inspiration. We're genuinely honoured to have been able to achieve this for the third year in a row,” GQ Editor-in-Chief Molife Kumona remarked.

Limpopo songstress Makhadzi was also honoured as the Entertainer of the Year while Sipho "Hotstix" Mabuse received the most prestigious honor, the Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilège Lifetime Achievement Award.

This is Makhadzi’s third award in November after bagging an AFRIMA award under the Best Artist, duo or group in the African Electro category. She is also a recipient of Feathers Award 2021.

 

 

Nigerian-American singer, songwriter, and record producer Davido has announced that he will be dropping a new single at the end of this week. Davido in a tweet said the new single will be made available this Friday.

“FRIDAY WE FEAST!!!,” the Davido Music Worldwide boss posted on his verified Twitter handle.

The new single serves as Davido’s first single for the year since he released his third studio album – A Better Time, in November 2021. Davido has been focusing on releasing music videos for singles off the project but now he has decided to release new material. 

For 2021, he has dropped music videos for ‘The Best’ featuring Mayorkun, ‘La La’ featuring Ckay and ‘Shopping Spree’ featuring Chris Brown and Young Thug – all of which have performed well, amassing over 8 million views each on YouTube.

Davido has also been featured by a number of musicians this year, among them; Teni on her debut album ‘Wondaland’ for the single ‘For You’, Liya for the single ‘Lakiriboto’ off the ALARI EP and Tion Wayne’s ‘Who’s True’ among others.

The Kenyan music industry is experiencing immense growth and revolution that has seen its market expand beyond its borders. The revolution has been brought by outstanding musicians, some of whom have been in the industry for a long time, while others are upcoming artists who have had their breakthrough recently. In this article, we shine the spotlight on some of the Kenyan musicians to watch out for this year of 2022.

Otile Brown

Otile Brown recently became the first Kenyan musician to achieve one million subscribers on YouTube. This is a great achievement because YouTube is the world's biggest video hosting platform. The one million subscribers have earned Otile Brown a seat among African giants in the music industry. In 2022, he can only get bigger and better.

Nadia Mukami

She is no doubt one of the most sought-after Kenyan female musicians. The African pop star has indicated that she has great music projects lined up for this year. In a recent social media post, Nadia Mukami indicated that she collaborated with Tanzanian star musician Rayvanny on two songs. The songstress also previously revealed that she is officially planning to launch her record label dubbed Sevens Creative Hub this year.

Bahati

Consistency has been Bahati's musical language. This has seen him grow tremendously and connect with top African musicians such as Diamond Platnumz. Last year, Bahati not only released his music album dubbed 'Love Like This' but also released single tracks such as 'Adhiambo' that went viral. Bahati's diversity and music strategy of collaborating with top musicians in the country have attracted a lot of success.

Willy Paul

Saldido records boss Willy Paul started the year on a successful note after releasing 'Atoti Jaber' on the second day of the year. The song has been received warmly among fans. Willy Paul released 'The African Experience' album last year and after the release, he has been consistent in producing music. The consistency seems to have flowed into the year 2022.

Sauti Sol & Sol Generation

Award-winning Kenyan boy band Sauti Sol has cemented their reputation not only as Kenya's top music group but also Africa's best music band. At the end of last year, the band worked on a project that saw each of the band members work on solo projects that turned out successful. This diversity has created anxiety among the fans on what next surprise they have under their sleeves. The band's lead-man Bien also recently revealed that there are upcoming albums from the band on the way.

Iyanii

Iyanii had his music breakthrough at the end of last year after releasing his viral song 'Pombe'. Shortly after that, he released another song dubbed 'Furaha' which got a lot of success. The consistency in releasing successful hits makes him an artist to watch out for. The singer is also working on a collaboration with celebrated gospel musician Size 8.

Trio Mio

Crowned as Kenya's youngest successful musician, Trio Mio's performance graph in the industry is always going upwards. Various stakeholders in the music industry have showered the youngster with complements. Trio Mio has also been likened to Kenyan legendary musician E-Sir.

Ndovu Kuu

Ndovu Kuu had his breakthrough in the industry last year and his unique rap style has won over the hearts of many. Not only did he have a successful ran after the breakthrough, but the star finished the year on a successful note after the song he was featured in went viral on TikTok, thanks to his verse. Ndovu Kuu has been working on collaborations and as the year begins, his fans are eager to listen to his solo projects.

Maandy

She has earned herself the 'Rap Queen' title from her energetic performance and creativity in composing songs. Being a YOUNG artist with a great fan base and successful hits, consistency is what will keep her on top of the game. Maandy will defend her seat at the top of the chart this year by releasing other top hits.

Jovial

Jovial's unique vocals and authentic performance has seen her become a darling to many. She seems to attract success wherever she goes as every song she has been featured in has gone viral on the internet. Her chemistry with other musicians is priceless. Fans are, however, eager to get more solo projects, which she will hopefully deliver this year.

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