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Tanzanian Young Lunya joins Sony Music Africa

By The Citizen Reporter

Dar es Salaam. Tanzanian hip-hop artist Young Lunya officially joined the Sony Music Entertainment Africa family on Friday June 3, the label announced.

The artist deal makes him the first hip hop artist from Tanzania to be signed to the label which is headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Speaking to The Citizen about his latest milestone, Young Lunya said signing the deal was a dream come true.

“I come from a part of the region where even talking about big labels was a myth and a dream, but I always kept that dream and hope alive. So to see one of my biggest dreams come true has been such a blessing.” and an honor,” he said.

He added: I’m more excited to be signed to Sony Music Entertainment as they represent some of the biggest artists I look up to like ASAP Rocky, Future, Travis Scott and many more. I promise my old, new and soon to be fans that Young Lunya is on her way to becoming a global star.

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In her welcoming remarks, Sony Music East Africa head Christine “Seven” Mosha said she was delighted to welcome an artist of Young Lunya’s caliber.

“Young Lunya is undoubtedly one of the most gifted, versatile and exciting contemporary hip-hop artists to emerge from East Africa. It is an exciting time for us to be fully invested in the musical genre. hip hop and rap and to provide a groundbreaking platform for Young Lunya, this is truly the birth of an era for the Hip Hop music scene in East Africa,” Ms. Mocha said.

Young Lunya is set to release their first single on the label titled “Vitu Vingi” on Friday, June 10.

The track “Vitu Vingi” showcases his talent and how he organizes rap music using Kiswahili in a way that keeps crowds captivated by his gifts.

Young Lunya grew up covering songs by artists such as Professor Jay, Chidi Benz and Nikki Mbishi and was a member of popular band OMG before embarking on a solo career in 2019.

Since then he has been steadily releasing freestyles which have earned him street cred and eventually a place as a rapper to watch in East Africa and beyond.

Young Lunya recently won Hip-Hop Male Artist of the Year and Best Song in the Hip-Hop category at the Tanzania Music Awards 2022.

He is currently working on his debut album and has already secured collaborations with top African artists such as Diamond Platnumz, Khaligraph Jones, Sho Madjozi and others to be unveiled in the future.