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Roberto speaks to Rwandan press on arrival at Kigali International Airport in 2015
Background information
Birth nameRobert Banda
BornLusaka, Zambia
Occupation(s)Singer, producer, songwriter, radio presenter
Years active1996–present

Robert Banda (best known by his stage name Roberto) is a Zambian award-winning R&B singer, songwriter, producer and radio DJ. He is also founder of BrathaHood Music where he and his elder brother, General Ozzy make their music. Some of his hit songs include "AmaRulah" and the 2017 "Vitamin U" where he featured Tanzanian singer Vanessa Mdee.

Early life

Roberto was born in a musical family. Growing up he got inspiration from his parents and his elder brother, General Ozzy, a singer, songwriter and producer.

He entered the music scene as a rapper, and later turned singer after being inspired by Usher’s hit song “My Way”; Roberto later encountered a career turning experience after traveling to and living in South Africa for a period of time. Whilst in South Africa Roberto wrote songs for and worked with well-known South African artists, such as Boom Shaka, Thebe and Buso. This propelled Roberto’s confidence and career to the next level and led him to joining forces with Explosive, whom at the time had regular features on Channel ‘O’ and gave him the opportunity to write and produce his first track titled “Chest to Chest” which paved the way for Roberto in the African Music scene. On his return to Zambia Roberto released his debut self-titled album in his native tongue, which produced hits such as Operator, Mtima Wako, Inkama Shandi and Ulimbe featuring Ozzy.[1]


AmaRulah song

In 2014, Roberto released the hit song "AmaRulah". The song became an instant hit when it played on local airwaves and was played at parties and nightclubs in different parts of the country. AmaRulah went on to top—not only the local charts—but also in Zimbabwe and was a hit in most parts of Africa. The video also made its debut on the DSTV music station Channel O in February 2015 and was frequently broadcasted on the station.[2]


Awards and nominations

Awards and nominations for Roberto
Year Association Category Result

2018 5th All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) Best Male Artiste in Southern Africa - Contolola Nominated
2018 Hipipo Music Awards, Uganda Africa Song of the Year - Into You Nominated
2018 African Music Awards (AMI Awards Afrika) Best Male Southern Artist - Vitamin U Nominated
2017 All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA), USA AFRIMA award Nominated
2016 Namibia Annual Musical Awards (NAMA) Pan-African Artiste of the Year Won
2016 Mosi Zambian Music Awards (ZMA) Song of the Year - AmaRulah Won
2014 Mosi Zambian Music Awards (ZMA) Best RnB Album - My Name Is... Won
2014 Mosi Zambian Music Awards (ZMA) Best Songwriter Won

Personal life

In 2009, Roberto met Queen while at school at the National Institute for Public Administration. In 2014, Roberto informed her of his decision to meet her parents and ask for her hand in marriage. That started an official relationship until Roberto engaged Queen a week before their wedding in April 2015.[4]

See also


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