Raymond Shaban Mwakyusa (born 22 August 1993), better known by his stage name Rayvanny, is a Tanzanian musician,[1] songwriter and recording artist signed under WCB Wasafi record label. He is the founder and CEO of Next Level Music.[2] Rayvanny is best known by his song "Kwetu", which introduced him to the world. Rayvanny was mentioned by MTV Base among "Acts To Look Out For" in 2017.[3]

Background information
Birth nameRaymond Shaban Mwakyusa
Also known asRayvanny
Born (1993-08-22) 22 August 1993 (age 27)
Mbeya, Tanzania
OriginNzovwe, Mbeya, Tanzania
GenresBongo flava, afro-pop
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, dancer
InstrumentsVocals, piano, guitar, drums
Years active2011–present
LabelsWCB Wasafi
Associated actsDiamond Platnumz,

Zuchu, Mbosso, Lava Lava,

Queen Darleen


In 2011, when Rayvanny was still in high school, he realized his passion for music. He won a rap freestyle competition. In 2012 he joined a music group called Tip Top Connection, where he got more experience in his music career and connected with a lot of artists.

In 2015 he decided to officially join one of the biggest record labels, WCB Wasafi Records,[4] which is managed and under the leadership of Diamond Platnumz. He released his first song, "Kwetu", in 2016. It became a hit in East Africa.

In 2016, Rayvanny was nominated for an MTV Africa Music Award[5] in the category of Breakthrough Act 2016. In 2017 he was also nominated for several music awards, such as AEUSA for Best New Talent, Uganda Entertainment Award for Best African Act, and BET Award for International Viewers' Choice.[6]

In 2021, Rayvanny founded his own record label, Next Level Music. [2][7]


Song title Year Ref.[4][9]
"Kwetu" 2016
"Natafuta Kiki" 2016
"Sugu" 2017
"Mbeleko" 2017
"Shikwambi" 2017
"Zezeta" 2017
"Chuma Ulete" 2017
"Unaibiwa" 2017
"Chuchuma" 2019
"Tetema" 2019
"Chuchuma" 2019
"Gimi Dat" 2019 [10]
Collaboration songs
Song title Year Main artist Ref.
"Salome" 2016 Diamond Platnumz [11]
"Kijuso" 2017 Queen Darling [12][13]
"Zilipendwa" 2017 WCB Wasafi Artists (Rayvanny, Rich Mavoko, Diamond Platnumz, Maromboso, Harmonize, Lava Lava, Queen Darling) [14][15]
"Pepeta" 2019 Nora Fatehi

Awards and nominationsEdit

Rayvanny awards and nominations
  1. ^ Certain award groups do not simply award one winner. They recognize several different recipients, have runners-up and have third place. Since this is a specific recognition and is different from losing an award, runner-up mentions are considered wins in this award tally. For simplification and to avoid errors, each award in this list has been presumed to have had a prior nomination.

MTV Africa Music Awards 2016Edit

Year Nominee/work Award Result Won 2016 Himself Breakthrough Act Nominated[16]

BET Awards 2017Edit

Year Nominee/work Awards Result nominated- 2017 Himself vocalist' Choice Won[17]

African Muzik Magazine Awards 2017Edit

Year Nominee/work Awards Result Won 2017 Himself Best Newcomer Nominated[18]


  1. ^ "Coke Studio Season 3 – Rayvanny". www.coke.co.za. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  2. ^ a b Ngina, Fay. "Rayvanny launches own record label". Rayvanny launches own record label. Retrieved 15 April 2021.
  3. ^ "mtv news | top african acts to lookout for in 2017 | MTV Africa". www.mtvbase.com. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Wasafi". www.wasafi.com. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  5. ^ "mtv news | final stage of nominations for mamas | MTV Africa". www.mtvbase.com. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  6. ^ "Diamond Platnumz boy Ray Vanny wins East Africa's second BET Award". Matooke Republic. 24 June 2017. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  7. ^ "Rayvanny Launches Own Record Label". Retrieved 15 April 2021.
  8. ^ "Rayvanny Songs: Download Rayvanny new Song 2018–2019, lyrics/Video/Album". TINA Magazine. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  9. ^ "You searched for RAYVANNY – Notjustok East Africa". Notjustok East Africa. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  10. ^ Rayvanny (1 July 2019), Rayvanny Ft Diamond Platnumz – Vumbi (Official Audio), retrieved 3 July 2019 Also Rayvanny Ft Mayorkun – Gimi Dat Retrieved 10 October 2019
  11. ^ "mtv news | diamond platnumz and rayvanny release "salome" | MTV Africa". www.mtvbase.com. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  12. ^ "VIDEO : Queen Darleen Ft. Rayvanny – Kijuso – Notjustok East Africa". Notjustok East Africa. 20 February 2017. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  13. ^ "Queen Darleen FT Rayvanny – Kijuso (Audio) | Bongo Exclusive". Bongo Exclusive. 22 December 2016. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  14. ^ "MTV News |wcb wasafi's artists collaborate on "zilipendwa" | MTV Africa". www.mtvbase.com. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  15. ^ "Diamond Platnumz, Harmonize, Rich Mavoko, Rayvanny – Zilipendwa (Official Video) – AfroFire". AfroFire. 26 August 2017. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  16. ^ http://www.mtvbase.com/news/final-stage-of-nominations-for-mamas/na8xcd/
  17. ^ http://www.bet.com/shows/bet-awards/2017/bet-international/nominees/international-viewers-choice-award.html/
  18. ^ https://www.musicinafrica.net/magazine/afrimma-nominations-list-revealed/

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