By Jonathan Mbiriyamveka
HARARE – At least three female musicians from southern Africa have been nominated in the upcoming Nigerian Entertainment Awards scheduled for later this year in Lagos.
The three, Vanessa MDee from Tanzania, Queen Vee from Zimbabwe and South Africa’s Amanda Black will battle it out for supremacy when they go head-to-head for Best Africa Female (Outside Nigeria).
The other nominees in the category are Victoria Kimani from Kenya, Sheeban Karungi from Uganda, Butera Knowless from Rwanda and Efya as well as Becca both from Ghana.
An elated Queen Vee posted on her Facebook page: “The great God that we serve will never abandon us, and the work we put in will always bare fruits.
“My first international award nomination for the prestigious Nigerian Entertainment Awards 2017.
“It gives me so much excitement to represent my country and uplift our music.
“Will be posting more details about the voting platforms.”
She currently has 102 472 followers on her Facebook page and is tipped to win the award if she mobilises votes.
It is not clear which song Queen Vee was nominated for but it is likely her collaboration with Zim dancehall star Soul Jah Love called ‘Mari Mari’ which was on heavy rotation on most trending music channels.
Amanda Benedicta Antony was born on July 24, 1993. Popularly known by her stage name Amanda Black, the artiste is a South African singer-songwriter who achieved recognition in 2016 following the release of her hit single “Amazulu”, which was nominated in several music awards.
The debut studio album “Amazulu” was certified platinum three weeks after its release. She is presently signed to Ambitiouz Entertainment since 2016.
She took part in three editions of the South African Idol but became fans’ favorite at the Season 11 of the talent show in which she made it to the top 7.
In pursuance of her music career, she moved to Johannesburg in January 2016 where she was approached by Ambitiouz Entertainment who offered her a recording contract.
On the other hand, Vanessa Hau Mdee was born on June 7, 1988 in Arusha, Tanzania) and she’s also referred to as Vee Money.
She is a recording artiste, songwriter, youth activist, TV and radio host. Mdee is popularly known for being the first ever Tanzanian MTV VJ.
She later rose to prominence as a radio and TV host, hosting Epic Bongo Star Search and Dume CHallenge for ITV Tanzania before signing to B’Hits Music Group in late 2012.
After joining B’Hits Music Group, Mdee collaborated with Tanzanian rapper AY on a record “Money’’ and Ommy Dimpoz, a Bongo Flava artiste on a record “Me and You” that was later voted Song of the Year during the 2013 Kilimanjaro Music Awards.
She received an even bigger buzz with the release of her first solo single “Closer”, which in its first week was downloaded over 30,000 times, a feat achieved by no other Tanzanian artiste.
“Closer” remained on the charts for over 13 weeks.