Are Kenyans Overreacting To Sauti Sol’s BET Award Nomination?

The internet has been flooded with alt of love for Sauti Sol after their recent BET Award nomination. The Afro-pop groups have been nominated for the BET Award for Best International Act. With their latest song Nerea and very popular wedding song Sura Yako, this boy band is truly on a high. They will be sharing an arena with celebrities most of us will only see in our dreams. John Legend, Beyonce, Jay-z, Ice Cube, Nicki Minaj and others. The event is set to happen on the 28th of June at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

Various artists including Nameless and Diamond have come up congratulating them with loving messages;

Nameless: Congratulations to Sauti Sol for getting this epic BET Nomination…I bet you will win (see what I did there) Thank you for keeping the Kenyan flag flying high!! Proud of you guys…!!

Diamond Platnumz: S/O to my Brothers @sautisol for the BET Nomination…. trust me! this awards is coming to East now!! Mwenyezi Mungu tusmamie.

Having seen all this, I do ask myself, why the big fuss now?? Camp Mulla was the first Kenyan act to be nominated for a BET International Award in 2012 and all this fuss wasn’t there. Camp Mulla was made up of Miss Karun, Yung Kass, Taio Tripper and K’Cous. Ther breakthrough hit ‘Party Don’t stop’ launched the young group into stardom and even landed them a nomination as the first East African group to make it to the prestigious awards.  Camp Mulla were all under 20 and it was a real achievement however when I ask many, they didn’t even know that.

Although Camp Mulla didnt win, they will always be the first. So before you all  get overly excited by Sauti Sol’s nomination, remember hip hop did it first!!

Lupita Nyong’o was also nominated in the Best Actress category for her role in the movie 12 years a slave. Although Lupita’s nomination came on the heels of  an Oscar award, and so many people were not really feeling so excited, she still won it!

Not that I am hating on Sauti Sol and their amazing nomination, however, lets not forget the people who set the pace.


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