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Zimbabwe’s Sha Sha is 2020 BET Awards’ Best New International Act

Charmaine Mapimbiro, who is professionally Sha Sha, was one of the winners at the 20th Black Entertainment Television (BET) Awards on June 28, 2020. The Best New International Act award was given to the songstress from Mutare, Zimbabwe.

Including Sha Sha, the only BET Awards 2020 nominee from Zimbabwe, there were two artists from Africa nominated in the category. The other one was Divine “Rema” Ikubor of Nigeria.

Also nominated were Ra’chard “Young T” Tucker and Doyin “Bugsey” Julius, collectively known as Young T and Bugsey, and Celeste Epiphany Waite, mononymously known as Celeste, who are all from the United Kingdom, as well as Clément “Hatik” Penhoat and Stacy Zouk, mononymously known as Stacy, both from France. Stacy’s parents are from Martinique and Guyana.

 

The 2020 BET Awards marked the 40th anniversary of the network owned by the ViacomCBS Domestic Media Networks unit of ViacomCBS. It was a virtual event hosted by “The Real” co-host Amanda Seales, 38.

“Now, I must admit this BET Awards is a little different,” Seales said in her monologue. “The main thing is it’s virtual. We’re getting real in touch with being real inside because outside is on one. It’s got COVID and cops and Karens gone wild.”

Before Seales’ monologue, the 2020 BET Awards opened with the “Fight the Power” performance of Keedron Bryant, 12. The other songs performed during the event were “Perfect Way to Die” by Alicia Keys, “Forgive Me” and “Do It” by Chloe x Halle, “Never Break” by John Legend, “Kobe Bryant” by Lil Wayne, “Girls in the Hood” and “Savage” by Megan Thee Stallion, “High Fashion” and “The Box” by Roddy Ricch and “ROCKSTAR” by DaBaby and Ricch.

 

In 2014, Sha Sha started her music career as a background singer and featured vocalist for musicians from Zimbabwe and South Africa. The Mutare native signed to DJ Maphorisa’s Blaqboy record label in 2018 and released her debut eight-track extended play “Blossom” in 2019.

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