Rayvanny – Career, Discography, Awards, Nominations and More
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Known as Rayvanny, Raymond Shaban Mwakyusa is a musician, recording artist, and songwriter born in Tanzania on the 22nd of August 1993. He signed with the record label WCB Wasafi and is Next Level Music’s founder and CEO. His biggest hit is “Kwetu,” which helped his career go global. In 2017, MTV Base named Rayvanny an act to keep a close eye on.
Rayvanny discovered his love for music in 2011 while he was still a high school student. He took first place in a freestyle rap competition and joined Tip Top Connection in 2012. In this music group, Rayvanny gained musical experience and built strong relationships with other artists.
WCB Wasafi Records, run by Diamond Platnumz, signed him in 2015. The year after that, he released “Kwetu,” which became an instant hit across East Africa. Also, in 2016, he received a nomination in the Breakthrough Act 2016 category for an MTV Africa Music Award.
In 2017, Rayvanny was nominated for more awards like AEUSA for Best New Talent, the BET Award for International Viewers’ Choice, and the Uganda Entertainment Awards for the Best African Act.
Rayvanny found Next Level Music (his own record label) in 2021.
2016 – Kwetu, Natafuta Kiki
2017 – Chuma Ulete, Mbeleko, Shikwambi, Sugu aka Joseph Mbilinyi, Unaibiwa, Zezeta
2019 – Chuchuma, Gimi Dat, Tetema
2016 – Salome with Diamond Platnumz
2017 – Kijuso with Queen Darling and Zilipendwa with various WCB Wasafi Artists ( Maromboso, Queen Darling, Rayvanny, Rich Mavoko, Lava Lava, Harmonize, Diamond Platnumz )
2019 – Pepeta with Nora Fatehi
2021 – Patati Patata with Koffi Olomide, Rayvanny and Roki
Awards and Nominations
Rayvanny has been nominated for the MTV Africa Music Awards Breakthrough Act in 2016 and the African Muzik Magazine Awards Best Newcomer in 2017. He won the BET Awards Vocalist’s Choice in 2017.
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