Is this Avril's big breakthrough?
By Stevens Muendo
It is not the big two MTV Award winning divas, Wahu and Amani, creating a buzz. It is the new music sensation, Avril making the headlines after bagging a Channel O nomination last Thursday.
The Ogopa Deejays-signed newcomer has been nominated in the Most Gifted East African Video category for her Mama hit alongside her countrymen Nameless and Wyre. The two got a nod for their singles Sunshine and Uprising, respectively. Nameless has also been nominated in the Most Gifted Afro Pop Video category thanks to the same hit which features Habida with Wyre getting another nomination in the Most Gifted Ragga Dancehall Video category.
The news of Avril’s nomination for the coveted awards, her first major continental recognition, was a shocker, since she has only been in the music industry for a short time.
"This is a major breakthrough for me. To be recognised among the top continental stars is not a small feat. It is a statement that there are upcoming talented stars in East Africa. It should be a motivation to any newcomer," she told MondayBlues.
Avril’s potential to stardom was first seen after she garnered a nomination in the Chaguo la Teeniez Awards (CHAT) last year, her first nomination in a music career spanning two years.
"East African music is going international. The quality of our music videos is now great and everyone is upping their game. The nominations are creating good links between us and the rest of the continent. I am grateful to be nominated," said Wyre.
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