By Sharon Kavhu
HARARE – Vanessa Hau Mdee (29) commonly known as Vee Money from Tanzania has suddenly become ‘the African Diva of the moment’ after featuring on current Africa’s hit songs: ‘Tola’, ‘No mind dem’ and ‘Just like that.’
The 29-year old songstress features on Malawian super star, Tay Grin’s song ‘Tola’; Nigerian Ice Prince Zamani’s ‘No mind them’ and Nigerian Orezi ‘Just like that’ which have videos that are currently with over a million views and half a million likes on social media platforms.
In the three songs, Vee Money proved her versatility in easily fitting in on different genres by an array of African artistes.
Her featuring on Tay Grin’s song creates a new urban feel of a Tanzanian Bongo Flava and Malawian Hip hop packaged in a club bang rhythm.
The song was made more appealing by its video that comes with an America Mise-en-scene with dancers ‘bopping’ in black, red and white outfits.
Tay Grin real name, Limbani Kalilani is arguably the best Hip hop selling artiste in Malawi.
One of his best-selling albums is ‘Proudly African’ which contains hit singles ‘2 by 2’ and ‘Nyau Music’ featuring Kenya’s Nameles, ‘Ndabwera’ and ‘Stand Up’.
He was nominated for Channel O Music awards in 2007 and 2008 for Best Male, Best Southern Africa Video and Best Hip Hop Video.
His combination with Vee Money on the song ‘Tola’ is making noise across all airwaves within the continent.
The Tanzanian female singer whose latest song is ‘Duasi’ adds a unique melody on Ice Prince’s song creating a ‘blended’ urban feel which could be the reason why the song has turned into a hit.
Her variation on ‘No mind dem’ which comes with a little Swahili is a rare combination which unifies her fans from Southern Africa and Western Africa.
Ice Prince rose to fame after releasing “Oleku”, one of Nigeria’s most remixed songs of all time according to Wikipedia.
He won the 2009 Hennessy Artistry Club Tour. His achievements include one BET Award, one Ghana Music Award, three The Headies Awards, two Nigeria Entertainment Awards and two Channel O Music Video Awards.
Borrowing the concept from American star, Ludacris’ ‘Just like that’, the song comes with an urban Afro-beat with a laid back rhythm.
Incorporating an ancient African trumpet, the song is spiced with Swahili and Niger tones which Orezi has never brought up in any of his songs.
Vee Money’s feminine voice makes the song more likeable. The video of the song has dancers in modern African attires on an ethnic background.
Orezi began his music career in early 2009. His first musical release was “I No Fit Lie” which became radio continental’s theme song.
One of his songs ‘Booty Bounce’ once dominated the top ten African songs on Trace Urban, Channel O and MTV and was nominated in the Reggae/Dancehall category at the 2012 Channel O Music Video Awards.