Monthly Archives: September 2016

The MTV African Music Awards

They are almost here! MTV Africa Music Awards. Set to take place Saturday 22, October, 2016 in Johannesburg South Africa.

1 Best Male Artist

Black Coffee, Wizkid, Patoranking, AKA, Diamond Platnumz

2. Best International Act

Drake, Beyonce, Rihanna, Adele, Future,

3. Best Collabo

Sauti Sol Ft Alikiba (Unconditionally Bae) , Patoranking Ft Sarkodie (No Kissing), Nasty C Ft Davido (Juice Back Remix), AKA ft Bruna Boy, Khuli Chana & Yanga (Baddest), DJ Maphorisa ft WizKid & DJ Bucks (Soweto Baby)

4. Personality of the year

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Caster Semenya, Linda Ikeji, Pearl Thusi, Wizkid

5. Best Group

Toofan, Navy Kenzo, Sauti Sol, Mi Casa, R2Bees

6. Best Live Act

Mafikizolo, Flavour, Cassper Nyovest, Eddy Kenzo, Stonebwoy

7. Best Lusophone

C4 Pedro, Nelson Freitas, Preto Show, Lizha James, NGA

8. Best Pop/Alternative

Tresor, Shekhinah, Timo ODV, Locnville, Desmond & The Tutus

9. Best Hip Hop

Emtee, Olamide, Ycee, Kiff no Beat, Riky Rick

Don’t forget to vote for your favorite here.

Who Can Upload Music on our Site?

allAfrican Music Now is for everyone, and depending how far you go into a person’s lineage, (about 200,000 years ago) We Are All African. You can read about the science supporting this theory here. What all of this means, is that we welcome all musicians who feel compelled to share their music with our African audience, this is why we have an “Other/Diaspora” option in the country list. All people are welcome at African Music Now.


Robert Eddy Sheggy was raised as the only son by a single mother the late Naomi John before he became an orphan in 2006. His music career started at 10 years old as a church lead singer. It was at the age of 14 that he discovered rap music and was immediately drawn to the style. His rap career was cut short when one day he was caught rapping inside the church rehearsal room busting rhymes with choir instruments. It was then his choir instructors advised that, “if by chance you want to do music of the world, you should to stick to singing because you have an incredible gifted voice .” These words of wisdom and acknowledgement of his natural talent allowed OCHU SHEGGY to realize his potential and become one of Tanzania’s favorite Bongo Flava & RnB singers.

His track #KINGERAZA is now available here. #OCHUSHEGGY #RobertEddySheggy

Now on AMN Radio



Insane Gangz d-14 Criminal
Tribal War Chacca ft Lovasti & Jah Pillah
Stress by Jengo off album Walimwengu
Leo by Songa off album Sukumi Wiki
JOE MARIJANI Nothing Maters
JOE MARIJANI Nothing Matters
DE LA P Kings and Queens
DE LA P Kings and Queens

Don’t forget to go to site now and download free single Leo by Songa.

Get it LEO!

Songa is at it again with a new single #Leo off the album Sukuma Wiki.

Luckily for us he uploaded his lyrics as well. His song is now available for free download here sponsored by our community partners Focus In Africa who also support music education program at Good Hope Orphanage.

Below are lyrics from the new single LEO

Yeeeeh…. S .O .N .G .A (Songa) Niko na Bin Laden….

Verse 1.

Karibu kwenye dunia, huku tabu tu tunaharibu na kujutia, Wapo watakaokupenda na watakaokuchukia, na unaweza ukatenda dhambi bila kukusudia, Binadamu hapaswi kusujudiwa, mpe heshima na akikataa inachukuliwa, na mulika taa ukitafutiwa, Usije ukapigwa (Paaah) ukikaguliwa, Kingine huwezi pendwa na wote, Ili kujifunza inabidi kulenga na ukose, wengine wanakwenda kwa tope, we ukipata manzi usisite nenda na upose, Kila kitu siku hizi business (business,) kama huamini muite witness (witness, ) Aeleze kuhusu hii kesi (hii kesi) acha majungu piga kazi ujaze pesa kwa briefcase.


VERSE 2 Ukishaanza kupata tu akili, jua maisha safari na unasafiri, Inabidi uwe tayari kuyakabili, Inahitaji ujasiri mpaka mtu kuwa kamili, Ishike elimu itakupa vingi sana, najua unapata mzuka nikichana, Eeh Yeah ila ndo niko hivi mwana , NiiteSonga Baba au dingi kijana(sina mtoto), Huku kuna visa kwa spika vinavyoskika mpaka kwenye maskio ya kichwa, Kwamba watu waliiba wakashikwa wakajiuzulu na kesi ndo ikaisha, Sasa nenda uibe kuku, Uone mbinde upigwe umwagike supu, Wakuzibe wakuchinje tupu, wakakuulie porini wakuzike huku



Baghdad x Sauti Sol

Baghdad is a musician and radio presenter in Dar es Salaam known for his phone interviews of East African celebrities. This track is a collabo with the world famous Sauti Sol a Kenyan afro-pop band formed in Nairobi by vocalists Bien-Aimé Baraza, Willis Chimano and Savara Mudigi in 2005. Initially an a cappella group, guitarist Polycarp Otieno joined before they named themselves Sauti.

This song is the track off of Sauti Sol’s new Album Kuliko Jana.


Simu Ya Mwisho

#SIMUYAMWISHO is all about News and interviews with artists. In this edition host, @Baghdaddy, interviews Tanzanian music sensation Diamond Platnumz. Daimond is a Bongo Flava recording artist and singer from Tanzania. He is best known for his hit song “Number One”. Diamond has won numerous awards and is one of the most loved and decorated Tanzanian artist of the moment. He was the highest selling Tanzanian artist of ringtones by mobile phone companies in 2013, as well as being among the artists earning the highest income in the African Great Lakes region’s music industry.

Listen to the interview:

More interviews can be found here.

Changing the Paradigm $$

Paying for music is something many music lovers wish to avoid. Why purchase a song when you can download it for free? As a musician you must put yourself in the shoes of your fans. It is your fans who are the bread and butter of your business. Musicians must remain active in promoting their music and encouraging their fans to pay for their music downloads and streaming. Musicians not only have to be creative in making hits, but also wise in making money…so will fans pay to download music?

Promote Yourself

A key ingredient to any artist’s success is promoting one’s own work. Below is a brief list of tips to get you started on the path to success. Engage your fans: As a musician your fans are your bread and butter, without them, you have nothing. Its important to actively engage and show your love for them. You can do this by commenting back when they get at you on social media, stopping and taking selfies with fans when they request, visiting the radios for interviews so fans can hear you. Treat

Who Can Purchase Your Music

On African Music Now, there are 2 forms of payment currently accepted: Paypal and Tigo Secure.Tigo secure is available for all Tanzanians with Tigo wallets. While Tigo secure operates in 7 countries throughout Africa, these additional countries will be added so that in future we can accept payments. Thus for now, your local audience will be using Tigo Secure. Additionally, we will be addding Vodacom and Airtel money in future. Now, you want to focus on your PayPal users abroad. PayPal now has

Featured Artist: Songa

Featured artist of the week.Songa is an East African hip hop legend out of Dar es Salaam. This song is a sample of “USHAURI WA BURE” off of his album WAKATI, available for streaming and download African Musicians Buy African music, for African musicians.

Featured Artists: Kevoo Hard

Kelvin Zakayo Mbilinyi (born 24 December 1992), better known by his pseudonym Kevoo Hard, is a Tanzanian Afro Pop musician best known for his single Emiwado, published in 2014. Kevoo has expanded his fan base by learning Nigerian and collaborating with Nigerian artist and musician Q Chillah.

Featured Artists: Mstaafrika

The name MSTAAFRIKA means a civilized person who does things in the African way for the betterment of African societies. Its motto “Taa ya Mitaa ya Afrika Kifikra” means Mental Light of African Streets. Mstaafrika is a music band is based in Arusha Tanzania, composed of artists from different groups representing a variety of genres such as Hip Hop, Afro-fusion, Riddim, Dance as well as traditional African music and ngoma. This combination creates a unique and international sound with African.

Featured Artists: Pani Pain

African Music Now Featured artist: Pani Pain Song: Maradhi Pani Pain is a Hip hop / Rap artist out of Tanzania. Known for his heavyweight punchlines and flowz, his rhymes are a favorite across East Africa. You can connect with him @officialpani on instagram.