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KENA

Ayanda Selwyn Tsela, better known by his stage name KENA, is an Eswatini-born rapper who is noted for his distinct style and innovation. He is one of the early pioneers of Kasi rap music in the kingdom of Eswatini. He was born in 1991, and his music reflects his upbringing.

Based in Matsapha, Eswatini, he is noted for his strong rap lyrics in both English and Eswatini. Inspired by his godfather of Swazi hip-hop, Mil-G, Kena started his journey in the industry in 2004 when he first heard PRO spit.

He began his professional music career in 2012 when he released his first single, “Tjovo,” which was swiftly followed by a string of chart-topping singles. He hasn’t looked back since, and he’s made a name for himself as a performer and record producer.

In 2017, he released his first album, “Tsemba LemaGinsa,” which received two nominations at the MTN SWAMA Awards 2018 for Best Hiphop Song and Male Artist of the Year. To promote the record, he went on a self-funded tour (Tsemba Lemaginsa Tour), which included a stop at Hipnotik 2018.

In 2019, KENA made the leap from recording to playing live, headlining his debut event with a live band, KENA GOES LIVE—a significant step toward establishing himself as a live act.
Kena was nominated for the MTN SWAMA AWARDS 2019 for best collaboration song for a duet with DJ Master P and Nomalungelo.

Without a doubt, he is one of the most talented musicians fighting to carry the flag of Eswatini music to new heights.

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DESIIRE

In order to produce music that is full of mesmerizing instrumentals and somber simplicity, Congolese musician DESIIRE, who is based in Toronto, provides a distinctive combination of R&B, Afro, Electronic, and Hip-Hop. Inspired by pioneering African artists like Papa Wemba,...
M.I Blue

M.I. Blue

The alternative-soul singer and composer M.I. Blue is among the most multifaceted performers you will encounter. The female Eritrean artist embodies the spirit, sound, and culture of Toronto's burgeoning music industry. Her own East African heritage as well as jazz...
RoTation

RoTation

RoTation is perhaps one of Sudan's most diverse rappers. His saucy delivery and lyrical approach have also earned him a unique spot in the hearts of his contemporaries. Rapper, songwriter, and producer roTation can effortlessly go from fast spitting to...
Joya Mooi

Joya Mooi

South African and Dutch songbird Joya Mooi's name seems destined for a life of happiness and beauty wrapped in her mesmerizing vocals. She is gifted with unadulterated penmanship, a seductive vocal range, and a burning desire to transform the memories,...
Dua Saleh

Dua Saleh

The Minneapolis-based singer-songwriter and rapper of Sudanese descent, Dua Saleh, is renowned for her captivating bravado and menacing gloom. She has transformed her prior solemnity into swaggering confidence. It would be easy to call Dua Saleh a natural. Her songs...
G-Salih

G-SALIH

Coming from Arlington, Virginia, and born to Sudanese parents, Gihad, known as G-SALIH, has always been thoughtful with his bars. His distinctive style draws the listener's attention right away, and his powerful lyricism empowers them to sink into the lessons...
Deena Abdelwahed

Deena Abdelwahed

Tunisian vocalist Deena Abdelwahed earned her stripes on the Tunisian scene and as part of the Arabstazy collective and is noted for her hybridized DJ sets. Deena was born in the Qatari city of Doha in 1989, and her incredible...
Kususa

Kususa

Kususa is a South African electronic dance duo consisting of Joshua Sihle Sokweba (Kunzima Theology) and Mncedi Tshicila (Samurai Yasusa). The band's name, "Kususa," is a combination of the members' stage names as well as a term that, when loosely...
Raheaven

Raheaven

Raheaven is an Eritrean-British singer whose magic is laced with R&B and pop and who subtly pushes boundaries. The rising diva adopted her stage name to contrast her given name, Rahel, with her wonderful musical gift. Having emerged from a...
Moël

Moël

Moël, born Mewael Hadera, is an Ethiopian-Canadian artist based in Toronto, Canada. He is one of a kind who somehow has managed to acoustically blend components of traditional Ethiopian sounds with modern R&B sounds. Moël’s soulful melodies contain essential sentiment, escapism,...

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