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The Viva Africa Music Festival is one of the biggest music festival in the Middle East. Slated to take place in Dubai, Viva Africa boasts some very popular African musicians in its roster.
The following artists, below will all perform live, on stage, on the same night at Festival Park in Dubai on December 6, 2012.
D’banj (Nigeria) – Best African Act at the 2007 MTV Europe Music Awards 2007, Artist of the Year at both the 2008 and 2009 MTV Africa Music Awards and Best International Act; Africa at the 2011 BET Awards. In June 2011, D’banj signed to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D Music. His first album titled ‘No Long Thing’ which was produced by Don Jazzy includes hits like: ‘Tongolo’, ‘Mobo Lowo Won’, ‘All The Way’, ‘Socor & Airborne’, an infectious Afrobeat tune with a juju edge.
Freshly Ground (South Africa) – Featuring members of different ethnicities from South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe their diverse backgrounds have allowed them to weave a musical magic that is highly infectious and undeniably groovy. They have won numerous awards including 4 South African Music Awards, 4 Metro FM Awards and an MTV Europe Music Award for “Best African Act” -a first for any SA musician.
Gossay Tesfaye (Ethiopia) – After performing as a student singer for approximately five month with the Red Cross Society Music Group, Gossaye joined a music and theater group, called Mestawet, where he built up his career. He has released three music albums and is one of the most popular artists in Ethiopia today.
Jose Chameleone (Uganda) – Chameleone’s musical style is a combination of Ugandan folk music, central African rumba, zouk and ragga. His first album was released in Kenya in 1999. He has since released several albums including ‘Bageya‘ in 2000, ‘Mama Mia‘ in 2001, ‘Njo Karibu‘ in 2002, ‘The Golden Voice‘ in 2003, ‘Mambo Bado‘, in 2004 and ‘Kipepo‘ in 2005.
Redsan (Kenya) – Swabri Mohammed a.k.a Redsan is undoubtedly the unopposed king of the local ragga landscape and in the whole of Eastern Africa. He was one of Ogopa Djs unit initial artistes and also teamed up with other East African acts such as Chameleone and Bebe Cool to form the East African Bashment Crew, a dancehall outfit. His first album record, ‘Seasons of the San‘, had 9 popular hits. He has won Kisima and Chaguo La Teeniez awards. He is a member of the Musician’s Community, a coalition of musicians who use their fame and fortune to help eradicate poverty and create HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns, and has won several Pearl of Africa Music Awards (PAM Awards) and two categories in the 2006 Kisima Music Awards. He has been nominated for both Kora Awards and MOBO Awards.
LeAnne (South Africa) – This South African Music Awards winner has performed with Loyiso at the Peoples Concert In Cape Town and opened up for Snoop Dogg, Pharell Williams, Sean Paul and Mario. She has been a guest judge on ‘Idols South Africa’. Her single “Got Me Going Crazy” grew to be a national radio and club anthem in South Africa, and was quickly picked up on the Dubai music scene. The same single “Got Me Going Crazy” which was composed by LeAnne, was licensed in Europe where Coca – Cola ordered and released 75, 000 units for a summer campaign. From the success of her song on radio in Dubai, LeAnne ended up performing as the opening act for Kanye West & Joss Stone at the “Dubai Desert Rhythm Festival”.
Castro (Ghana) – This hiplife musician and producer sings and rhymes in four different languages (English, Fanti, Ga and Twi.) Known as the Ghanaian 50 Cent, he is credited with helping take the Azonto dance craze worldwide with the help of is good friend, Ghanian soccer striker, Asamoah Gyan.