Afro-Reggae Artist GWAII's New Single Available for Download

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Afro-Reggae Artist GWAII celebrates release of new single and nomination as Best Male Vocalist for Afro Entertainment Awards in Chicago. GWAII will perform live at the Afro Entertainment Awards at the Harold Washington Cultural Center in Chicago on Sunday, September 1, 2013.

GWAII describes his music as energetic, positive and conscious and doesn't shy away from unpopular topics.

With a fresh mix of Kiswahili and English vocals and a blend of Hip Hop[e] and Reggae beats, GWAII’s sound is as eclectic as his personality. His upbringing in various parts of East Africa has influenced his music as well as his personal outlook on life. The name GWAII, which is an acronym for “God With All I and I,” stems from his deep spiritual beliefs and faith in Jah.

He grew up listening to Gospel, Soul, Hip Hop, Bongo flava, Reggae and Jazz music and credits Bob Marley and Tupac Shakur among his main musical inspirations. At age 18, after graduating from high school in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania GWAII moved to Malawi with his parents. With little access to his old classmates and having to adjust to a new social environment, GWAII spent many days alone in Malawi. It was during this time in solitude where he became heavily involved in martial arts and music. As he reflected on his days in boarding school in Tanzania, Ethiopia and Kenya, he began writing down his thoughts and developing them into lyrics.

GWAII released his self-titled EP in March 2010. The album features four original songs and two bonus tracks. He describes his music as “energetic, positive, and conscious” and doesn’t shy aware from unpopular topics such as crime, politics, spiritual redemption, and love. At the forefront of nearly all of his songs, GWAII pays homage and celebrates African culture and history. His most recent released called “Keep It Strong,” is available as a free download at

“Keep it Strong reflects my personal belief in staying positive and staying true to Jah’s guidance. I want people to listen to this track and feel inspired to use whatever gift that they have to bless others.”

Officially launched in 2011, the Afro Entertainment Awards honors the contributions of multi-genre artists and entrepreneurs in the "Afro-Entertainment" Industry in celebration of African culture with a focus to educate, inspire, and nurture through entertainment. This year’s celebration will take place on September 1, 2013 at the Harold Washington Cultural Center.

GWAII is among the nominees this year as Best Male Vocalist. To vote for GWAII, visit and click on the category for Best Male Vocalist.

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