On April 18, Tanzanian-born Mayunga Andrew Nalimi reigned supreme in the national broadcast of Airtel TRACE Music Star taking home the first place trophy as winner of the competition. With 2.3 million calls, Airtel TRACE Music Star is the biggest ever music competition in Africa.
TRACE Urban viewers across Africa tuned into the 2-hour grande finale and finally got to witness the top 13 finalists battle it out for the number one spot and a chance to kick-start their music career. Cries ensued as the mounting tension took emotions to explosive heights in the Grande Finale, which took place in Kenya on March 28.
Mayunga Andrew Nalimi was crowned by the megastar Akon as President of the jury (composed of renowned music executive Devyne Stephens and top-selling French Caribbean singer Lynnsha) after a merciless selection process. The Tanzanian beat Jitey from Nigeria and Baz from Congo B who arrived respectively in second and third position. Tension was palpable and Mayunga fainted when he heard his name being announced.
The Tanzania native won the grand prize, which included a record deal with Universal Music, a promotion as well as mentorship campaigns for a total value exceeding $500,000.
Mayunga Andrew Nalimi is the last-born son of a humble loving Tanzanian family from the town of Morogoro. Mayunga’s love for music started at the tender age of 5 and has since then flourished into a full-blown passion. Growing up, Mayunga continually searched for opportunities to take to the stage and share his musical talent, whether it was at a school recital or a wedding, the hopeful musician never ceased to captivate his audience with his vocal gifts and visible passion for singing. In 2009, Mayunga experienced the difficult loss of his father and has since turned to his mother as his rock and endless fountain of support. In the hopes of one day achieving his dream to share his tremendous talent on the world stage, Mayunga decided to commit to his undying love of music after completing secondary school. Through hard work and dedication, Mayunga managed to record an uplifting track entitled “Break The Rough”. Mayunga draws his musical inspiration for his unique sound from international artists such as Usher, Chris Brown as well as local Tanzanian artists Nuru and Eli.