Young, fresh and talented; the hip-hop and RnB musicians Camp Mulla are definitely going global after becoming the first Kenyan act to be nominated for a BET award.
The five-piece band (plus manager), which came together just three years ago, were nominated in the Best International Act: Africa category – introduced just three years ago by BET.
The young ‘camp’ is sitting pretty beside African big shots like Lira, Ice Prince and Wizkid and relatively unknown but equally fabulous Rapper Sarkodie from Ghana and Mali’s Mokobe in the Africa category.
Nigeria is a strong contender, what with Wizkid being signed on by Akon’s Konvict Music. Nigeria has won the past two awards for Africa, through D’Banj and 2Face.
Lira on the other hand has several nominations and awards tucked neatly under her usual flowing gowns.
Camp Mulla, which is made up of the beautiful Karun, Yung Kass, Taio Tripper and K’Cous, recently got back from Johannesburg where they performed at the Big Brother Africa eviction. This is an African stamp on their musical passports, cemented also by an interview on Channel O.
“We are honoured beyond words at this nomination. It couldn’t have come at a better time. We are excited and it feels good that all this hard word is being recognized,” Camp Mulla Manager Amanda told Capital Lifestyle.
She said the ‘Camp’ appreciates the friends and fans who’ve been with them from the start.
“We thank everyone who has contributed to this success. May they be blessed abundantly.”
Taio, in one of his verses says, “action, lights, camera rolling, golden, these could be my best moments…” but Capital Lifestyle thinks he has another think coming.
This young group is popular even among the slightly older generation and as they stand right now, they seem unstoppable.
Camp Mulla will know their fate on July 1, when the event will take place.
Actor extraordinaire Samuel L Jackson will host the musical celebration, where performances by Chris Brown and Nikki Minaj will definitely throw the house down. The show will also have a tribute for the late disco singer Donna Summer.
Also expecting an award this year is Willow Smith, nominated for the YoungStars Award after releasing two new singles in 2011.
Camp Mulla are expected to travel to the awards ceremony venue next month.