Ali Kiba, Vanessa Mdee win big at Kilimanjaro Awards


Ali Kiba, Vanessa Mdee win big at Kilimanjaro Awards
Vanessa Mdee

Bongo stars Ali Kiba and Vanessa Mdee were the biggest winners at the Kilimanjaro music awards held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on Saturday night.

fans clapping

Ali Kiba won in three awards in three categories he had been nominated in.

Ali Kiba’s “Mwana” won the award for the Song of the Year.

 

Ali Kiba's brothers pick his award
Ali Kiba’s ‘brothers’ pick his first award

“Mwana” also won the award for Best Afro Pop.

 

Ali Kiba's 'brothers' pick his award
Ali Kiba’s ‘brothers’ pick his second award

Ali Kiba, who was not present to receive any of the awards,  also won the award for best Songwriter of the year in Bongo Flava.

 

Ali Kiba's 'brothers' pick his third award
Ali Kiba’s ‘brothers’ pick his third award

Songbird Vanessa Mdee could not hide her joy when she won the award for Best Bongo Flava artist.

“I am so happy,” said the songstress. “I thank my fans for making this possible.”

 

Vanessa Mdee receives her first award
Vanessa Mdee receives her first award

A speechless Mdee then went on to receive the award for Best Female artist of the year beating artists like Khadija Kopa, Isha Mashauzi, Shaa and Dayna Nyange.

Vanessa Mdee receives her first award
Vanessa Mdee receives her first award

“Sijui niseme nini,” a smiling Mdee said. (I don’t know what to say.)

“Namshukuru Maulana, na wale wote ambao wamanisaidia kufika hapa.” (I thank God and all those who have helped me get here.)

The Kilimanjaro music awards are held annually.

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Ali Kiba, Vanessa Mdee win big at Kilimanjaro Awards
Maureen Murimi
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