Rayvanny. Picture: Instagram
Rayvanny. Picture: Instagram

Rayvanny makes history as first African to perform at the MTV EMAs

By Liam Karabo Joyce Time of article published Nov 19, 2021

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The 2021 MTV EMAs highlighted the rise of African music to global prominence as Tanzanian singer Rayvanny became the first African artist to perform live at the awards ceremony when he joined Latin superstar, Maluma.

The duo performed the world premiere of Maluma’s new single “Mama Tetema”.

Expressing his gratitude at the opportunity to make history, Rayvanny said, “I am so honoured to be the first African artist to perform at the EMAs main stage.

“This is not for me only, it’s for my country, Tanzania, and the African music industry.

“The performance at the EMAs underscores the meaning of unity – Europe, Africa, Asia, America and the whole world in general, we are one.

“Big thanks to EMAs and the whole team for that huge platform, but also want to thank my brother, Maluma, who decided to perform our song Mama Tetema.

“He could have done any of his hits, but that’s all love and I feel blessed. Music is a universal language, let’s keep supporting each other. One love!”

Monde Twala, senior vice president and general manager of ViacomCBS Networks Africa (VCNA), added, “It is great to have African artistes featured on the EMAs stage.

“This year, African music has witnessed a global renaissance and ViacomCBS is proud to provide a platform to showcase the best of our music and culture.”

The EMAs returned live from the Papp László Budapest Sportaréna in Hungary this past weekend.

Nigerian superstar Wizkid took home the coveted best African act award.

Wizkid edged out his co-star on the global smash hit Essence, and first time EMAs nominee, Tems, as well as other African superstars – Focalistic, Amaarae and Diamond Platnumz who were all nominated in the same category.

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