Vybez Awards, which recognizes talent in nyanza and western Kenya just made a number of artists award winners and Xpat Mkwanja had other nominations in the BEST VIDEO category for the song BOOM SHAKALAKA, BEST HIP HOP, and BEST MALE ARTIST of the year and pleasing enough he was also nominated as the best artist of the year an award that he scooped with no mercy after battling it out with the likes of DOGO BIGIE and other artists from the Western region.
The award that is in in its third year has seen many artists fro the western region be given the title of award winning artists something that is very pleasing and motivational to the artists and the award organisers as a whole.
Xpat Mkwanja's controversial video "tear it up" and recently released video "boom shakalaka" (which is currently playing in big brother africa house), and persistence are among the factors that contributed to his recognition as the top artist in the region.
He seeks to consolidate  the title as he plans to release yet two new songs "moneysense" and "bolingo" this month.

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