WHO IS VANNY BOY?
Tanzanian artiste Rayvanny is undoubtedly one of the fastest rising stars in Africa right now. The only East African to be nominated at the 2o17 BET Awards, he is a contender for the coveted International Viewers’ Choice Award - a true show of his star power. Rayvanny is known for his smash hits “Zezeta”, “Kwetu”, “Natafuta Kiki” and “Salome” with Diamond Platnumz. On Coke Studio Africa 2017, Rayvanny is making his debut collaborating alongside Dji Tafinha from Angola.
FROM AN OPENING ACT TO A MAIN ACT
Rayvanny came to the limelight when still performing as an opening act for Tanzanian Hip Hop artiste Madee. Under the management of Tip Top Connection in collaboration with Mkubwa wa Wanawe music label and the mentorship of Babu Tale for two years, he steadily built his brand and gained professional musical training. He is currently signed on to one of the biggest labels in East Africa, Wasafi Classic (WCB) where his career has kept on growing. Releasing one hit after another, Rayvanny has graced a number of major platforms in Tanzania. These include the Serengeti Fiesta, Kilimanjaro Music Awards and CCM Presidential Campaign Tour (2010).
Following the massive success of his hit “Kwetu”, which has over 7 Million views on YouTube, Rayvanny created a buzz and gained recognition even from fellow artistes. He has collaborated with a number of top talents across East Africa among them Diamond, Khaligraph Jones, Bahati and Queen Darleen. As a Bongo Flava artiste authentic to this genre of music, his catchy urban sound has won him a growing fan base.
BEHIND THE MUSIC
Born Raymond Shaban Mwakyusa in 1993, Rayvanny developed an interest in music while still in school. He won the regional Serengeti Fiesta Freestyle Competition in Mbeya in 2011 and proceeded to win the national competition as well, placing him right into a musical career path. It is from here, that he got noticed by Tip Top connection, who took him under their wing.