South African Afro-Soul songstress Zahara has arrived in Accra for the 7th Exclusive Men of the Year (EMY) Africa Awards slated for Saturday October 1, at the Accra international conference centre, Accra.
The ceremony was established to honour and celebrate eminent men exclusively.
Zahara, whose music has been classified loosely as ‘Afro-soul’, will thrill participants at the Awards with her captivating songs, in her native Xhosa language and in English.
Her music has been described as a mixture of styles popularized by Tracy Chapman and India Arie.
Zahara’s debut album, Loliwe (2011), went double platinum, her second album, Phendula (2013), produced three chart-topping singles "Phendula", "Impilo", and "Stay".
The songstress’ third album, Country Girl (2015), was certified triple platinum while her fourth album, Mgodi (2017), was her best-selling album and was certified platinum. Her fifth album, Nqaba Yam (2021), peaked at number 1 on iTunes.
With 17 South African Music Awards accolades, the singer is also a recipient of three Metro FM Awards, and one Nigeria Entertainment Awards and she was on the 2020 list of the BBC's 100 Women.
Commenting on her arrival and participation in the awards, EMY Africa CEO, Kojo Soboh said, “clearly, she’s a class act and this is a musician who gels with EMY’s niche audience and the atmosphere we want to create at the final ceremony.”
He continued “her musical enthusiasm, drive and versatility fit into the need of our guests.” She will be sharing the stage with some of Ghanas celebrated crooners - kwabena kwabena and Akwaboah, as well as charismatic gospel singer Efe Grace. It promises to be a beautiful event.
As one of West Africa’s biggest award events, the EMY Africa Awards have honoured many great personalities.
Some of the previous winners include former President of Ghana, John Agyekum Kufuor, Founder & CEO, United Bank of Africa, Tony Elumelo, President of Asogli Traditional Area, and former President of the National House of Chiefs, Togbe Afede XIV, Chief Imam of Ghana, His Eminence Sheikh Dr Osmanu Nuhu Sharubutu, CEO, Jonah Capital, Sir Sam Jonah, Ghanaian football legend, Abedi Pele, boxing legend, Azumah Nelson and Ivorian music legend, Freddy Meiwey.
Others include the Regional CEO for UBA, West Africa, Marufatu Abiola Bawuah, CEO of Vodafone Ghana, Patricia Obo-Nai, CEO, McDan Shipping Dr Daniel McKorley, among others.
The 7th edition span categories, such as; Man of the Year, Magnate Award, Humanitarian Award, Young Achiever Award, Lifetime Achievement Award, Diasporan Award, Continental Icon Awards, The Technology Award, Woman of the Year, The Guardian Award, Health Award, and the Agriculture Award. Other competitive categories include Man of the Year Music, Discovery of the Year, Actor of the Year and Designer of the Year.